“In the First Amendment the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors. The Government’s power to censor the press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the Government. The press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. To find that the President has inherent power to halt the publication of news would wipe out the First Amendment and destroy the fundamental liberty and security of the very people the Government hopes to make secure.” – Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black writing the opinion for New York Times Co. v. United States
“Do you notice the Fake News Mainstream Media never likes covering the great and record setting economic news, but rather talks about anything negative or that can be turned into the negative. The Russian Collusion Hoax is dead, except as it pertains to the Dems. Public gets it!” – Trump tweet
My wife and I saw the movie The Post Saturday night described as; Katharine Graham is the first female publisher of a major American newspaper — The Washington Post. With help from editor Ben Bradlee, Graham races to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spans three decades and four U.S. presidents. Together, they must overcome their differences as they risk their careers — and very freedom — to help bring long-buried truths to light.
The movie is set in the early 1970’s and the parallels between then President Richard Nixon and Trump are, in a word, very eerie. Nixon, without the crutch of social media or Fox News, worked to discredit the “Mainstream Media” by belittling and bullying them and cutting off their access to the White House. Sound familiar?
I try to watch the Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC every night, Monday through Friday. Her competition during the same time period? Sean Hannity on Fox. As Rachel digs into a topic I will flip over to Hannity to see what he is ranting about. His topics are very predictable, #1-Hillary Clinton, #2- the Liberal Media and #3- the “Deep State” which, right now, is centered around text messages and the FBI.
Former President Barack Obama recently stated that “If you watch Fox News, you are living on a different planet than (those who) are listening to NPR.” His point had less to do with news basis than it had to do with world view, bigger picture stuff. You see, if the view of the world is twelve inches long Fox News, and Breitbart for that matter only cover about 1/8th of an inch which leaves 11 and 7/8th inches untouched.
Now the “mean” in me would deduce that 1/8th of inch is all the Fox News viewer can handle. It would also explain Fox News’ need for repetition as well. If you watch Hannity on Monday night, it is basically the same show on Friday, #1-Hillary Clinton, #2- the Liberal Media and #3- the “Deep State” which brings me to the theory of Joseph Goebbels, the Minister of Propaganda for Nazi Germany; “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
If the era of Richard Nixon taught us anything it is that “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely”. We are witnessing a new era of absolute corruption from Trump, Hannity, Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders just to name a few. Now more than ever we need a press “to serve the governed, not the governors”. It is absolutely essential for the survival of our country, our freedom and for our democracy. Don’t give Trump, Fox News or the Evangelicals the keys to the kingdom. Pay attention, fight, and resist. We survived and defeated Nixon, and the “fake news” will defend us against Trump and Hannity as well.
“The Wall Street Journal stated falsely that I said to them “I have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un” (of N. Korea). Obviously I didn’t say that. I said “I’d have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un,” a big difference. Fortunately we now record conversations with reporters and they knew exactly what I said and meant. They just wanted a story. FAKE NEWS!” – Trump tweet