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    Signs Look Grim for Media Picking the Side of Liberty and Dissent

    January 6, 2017

    This is a kind of “which side are you on?” moment for journalists. Will they defend the rights and liberties of the many communities under threat—Muslims, women, those reliant on government assistance? Will they keep alive a space for dissent and critical questioning in the face of a White House that declares itself indifferent to rules about conflicts of interest, among many other things, and that threatens revenge on those it calls “enemies”?

    Let’s just say: Signs bode poorly.

    One sign: The editor-in-chief of the Wall Street Journal, Gerard Baker, told Meet the Press (1/1/17) that it wouldn’t be “objective” to use the word “lie” to refer to patently false statements from Donald Trump. That would imply “a deliberate intent to mislead,” Baker explained, and that’s lacking, in his view, in things like Trump’s claim that “thousands and thousands” of Muslim Americans “celebrated” the attacks of September 11, 2001. It’s “up to the reader,” he contended, to weigh that statement against the fact that nobody has ever found any evidence of it whatsoever.

    The Journal has run articles containing criticism of Trump; that’s presumably why he called it “a piece of garbage” at a campaign rally. Baker called that “strange tough love,” suggesting he has a creative relationship to language generally.

    Note that this isn’t a new thing. In 2005, FAIR reported a talk in which the New York Times‘ Elizabeth Bumiller and Susan Page of USA Today detailed how they construct absurd word salads to avoid breaking what they present as a firm rule: In Bumiller’s words, “You can’t say the president is lying.”

    remainder: http://fair.org/home/signs-look-grim-for-media-picking-the-side-of-liberty-and-dissent/

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  • Marym625 (15122 posts)
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    1. Sigh

    948c8f248a Thank you DNC, Hillary Clinton, The Hillary Clinton Players, GOP, RNC and CrossCheck for Trump. Enjoy it while it lasts. The Revolution may not be televised but it's beginning. And we'll win
    • Jefferson23 (2460 posts)
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      2. Yep. I am not looking forward to their normalizing Jeff Sessions…but it will

      happen..that is my fear, among others.

      • Marym625 (15122 posts)
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        3. This is just so scary

        I’ve got no words left

        948c8f248a Thank you DNC, Hillary Clinton, The Hillary Clinton Players, GOP, RNC and CrossCheck for Trump. Enjoy it while it lasts. The Revolution may not be televised but it's beginning. And we'll win
  • ThouArtThat (2867 posts)
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    4. Mainstream Media Is Owned By The 1% – Their Job Is To Defend The Status Quo

    By deceiving and misleading the 99%.

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    • Jefferson23 (2460 posts)
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      6. Which they do very well, that is the problem..yes. We have our work cut out

      for us.

      • ThouArtThat (2867 posts)
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        8. A Key Step In Addressing Any Challenge Is Honestly Understanding

        The reality of the situation.

        Most citizens are clueless about how badly they are being informed and honestly misinformed.

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  • oldandhappy (2875 posts)
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    5. Media is not journalism. Is propaganda.

    Be honest with yourself.  When was the last time you learned something truthful from MSM?  I get Democracy Now on TV but otherwise am on-line.  And terrified that this will be taken from us.

    • Jefferson23 (2460 posts)
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      7. Reporting and opinion pieces often seem like one…it is often terrible, yes.