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Media responsibility and the new American political dynamic

Media responsibility lacking

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With the nation stunned and Donald Trump’s minions giddy as teenagers on ecstasy, it’s time to take a good hard look at the national media.
After all, the national press has a lot to answer for in how the recent presidential race was covered and the inability to see the wave of anger, fear and hatred of Washington D.C. and traditional politics that has swept the electorate and Heir Donald into the White House.
Trump has destroyed both major parties and is set to spread his demagoguery across the country via his newly won bully pulpit.
To quote Mencken, “… it is to the interest of all the rest of us to hold down his powers to an irreducible minimum and to reduce his compensation to nothing.”

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The ONE question to ask in the voting booth

 

votebuttonOf all the asinine comments I’ve heard in the last few weeks, and there have been many, the topper is how the alt-right is defending Donald Trump’s endorsement by the American Nazi Party and the Klu Klux Klan.

“The Democrats are filled with Nazis and they started the Klan,” one GOP supporter told me after watching his daily dose of Faux News and reading his favorite tainted blogs.

Let me be clear – this is That type of column. It’s not that the mainstream media is ignoring “Your” facts. It is that “your facts” are merely opinions repeated ad nauseam without verification. We don’t print those because we print vetted facts.

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A most special kind of party

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Thus we come to the end of a beautiful campaign season. It has been a remarkable campaign season replete with the things which make us the strongest, last great hope for the world.
Two candidates have discussed the issues like no others have before. We’ve been witness to history at its finest as members of our ranking political parties discussed various ways to bring us all together on the planet as brothers and sisters.

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Nothing to fear but . . . what?

 

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When did we become so damn scared? When did fear overtake us? Was it on 9/11? Why is everyone so afraid of Donald Trump? Or, why is everyone so afraid of Hillary Clinton?
Fear is nothing I would use to describe either one of them.
It isn’t just the Presidential race which strikes fear in our hearts.

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The problem isn't Trump or Clinton

 

20150601 181848-X3I think I’m done. Let me check. Yes. I definitely am done with people blaming the media for the ills of society.
The loud cry across the land of biased reporting and “Lame Stream” media falls on my ears like so much dust on the evening newspaper nobody buys any more.
Make no mistake there are a great many problems in journalism today. You know what? The audience is responsible for a lot of it.
Journalism is a capitalistic venture. We produce a product that we can sell. Most of the time it means honest weather reporting and cheesy sports reporting intertwined with assorted crime, fires with good flame video and a macabre conglomeration of celebrity gossip, biased political, science and entertainment news.

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Okay it really isn't that sexy

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Mayor Bridget Newton of Rockville nailed it.

Infrastructure “isn’t sexy.”

It’s one of those issues that attracts about as much attention as a quiet yawn in Church.

You know it’s there, but you pretend it isn’t – that is until it fails.

The residents of the Washington D.C. Metro area are only too familiar what happens then.

Our subway cars burst into flames. Our exploding water mains create previously unknown and definitely unwanted white-water rafting rides on local city streets.

The power goes out and on occasion homes explode or burst into flames.

Of all the natural resources at man’s disposal, however, it is how we treat our water supply that should be of most concern.

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Scarred for life and then some

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At the end of the day, I will be held accountable for my actions – but do not try to hold me accountable for anyone else and whatever lunacy that strikes their fancy.

This comes after a liberal friend of mine said I was a “Cis-Gen” and that’s what Donald Trump’s troubles are all about.

Apparently, according to this logic, I am an example of “toxic masculinity,” and so is Donald Trump.

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Anyone else tired of being afraid?

IMG 1904Bombings in New York, New Jersey and a stabbing elsewhere in the country this week sent the Chicken Little in all of us scurrying about once again - ranting the end of the world was coming, the sky was falling and terrorists would soon consume us all.
I have but one question: When do you get tired of being so scared?
If I ever was fearful terrorists would end us – and I can tell you I never have been convinced a bunch of yahoos in pickup trucks and IEDs could do anything more than instill fear – then all of us should be long over the spell of fear these sidebar characters cast.

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Facts, opinions and Snowden

IMG 1901 1Economics teaches us the more of a commodity we have, then usually the less valuable that commodity is to us – or as the economics professor used to say, “The demand curve slopes down.”
With that being said, if you couple that thought with the well-known maxim regarding opinions and their proliferation, then one must come to the logical and factual conclusion that opinions are worthless.
Edward Snowden didn’t get in trouble for releasing “opinions.” He got in trouble for being a whistleblower regarding hard data – real information – you know “facts.”

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Facts, Opinions and Snowden

IMG 0243Economics teaches us the more of a commodity we have, then usually the less valuable that commodity is to us – or as the economics professor used to say, “The demand curve slopes down.”
With that being said, if you couple that thought with the well-known maxim regarding opinions and their proliferation, then one must come to the logical and factual conclusion that opinions are worthless.
Edward Snowden didn’t get in trouble for releasing “opinions.” He got in trouble for being a whistle-blower regarding hard data – real information – you know “facts.”
Those facts are the coin of the realm and increasingly hard to come by.

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