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  • Judi Lynn (5743 posts)
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    Trump attack on press is 'biggest threat to democracy' says ex-Navy Seal chief

    To the president they are ‘the enemy’ but William McRaven, an architect of the Bin Laden raid, called the media the republic’s ‘single most important institution’

    Spencer Ackerman in New York
    Thursday 23 February 2017 14.24 EST
    A retired Navy Seal who was an architect of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden has warned that Donald Trump’s attack on the press as an enemy of the American people “may be the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime”.

    Retired admiral William McRaven, the former commander of the Joint Special Operations Command and later the US Special Operations Command, issued his defense of the media during a Tuesday late-afternoon lecture to journalism students at the University of Texas, where he serves as chancellor.

    McRaven, himself a journalism graduate of the school, referred to the press as “the single most important institution in this republic” and said: “This may be the most important time for journalism that I have seen in decades. Probably we need you now more than ever before.”

    McRaven did not issue a personal criticism of Trump, nor a broader critique of his administration. But he directly referenced “the president” in objecting to Trump’s stated perspective on the US press.


    A little weird, jdpriestly like this

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  • zeemike (1086 posts)
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    1. The attack on the MSM is totally justified.

    And there is nothing more about freedom of the press than the freedom to criticize the press itself when it fails…which it has and not just starting with Trump.

    Me thinks they do protest too much.

    You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?”
    • jdpriestly (5879 posts)
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      2. Verbally criticizing the press is an exercise of free speech.

      But if a president criticizes the press in the way Trump does, he should not be surprised when the press criticizes him back.

      What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

      No Truth!  No Trust!  Bernie or Bust!
      • zeemike (1086 posts)
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        3. Oh I don't think he would be suprised.

        Sense that is what they have been doing from the start…and it still did not keep him from winning. Could it be that the press has no respect? And that it is not because of what Trump said but because of what the press did or did not do.

        You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?”
    • em77 (2507 posts)
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      5. .^that

  • Jan Boehmermann (3545 posts)
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    4. William McRaven speaks up for freedom of the press?

    This has got to be a sick joke!