Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Suppressing Free Press

President Donald Trump tweeted that CNN and other major media outlets were "the enemy of the American people."

Trump is such a liar that our democracy will depend more than ever on the independent press, that holds Trump accountable.  His strategy is to  convince the public that the press is engaged in a conspiracy against him, by use his tweets, rallies, and videos to make himself the only credible source of public information.

Sen. John McCain sarcastically told NBC News' Chuck Todd on Meet the Press:  "I hate the press.  I hate you especially.  But the fact is we need you.  We need a free press.  We must have it.  It's vital.  If you want to preserve -- I'm very serious now -- if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press.  And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time.  That's how dictators get started."

At a televised speech at the CIA, Trump declared himself to be in a “running war” with the news media, and described reporters as "the most dishonest human beings on earth."  He complained that the press had lied about how many people attended his swearing in and inaugural address. 

At his first press conference, Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer castigated the press for its “dishonest” and “shameful” reporting.  He took no questions, but warned: “The American people deserve better.  As long as [Trump] serves as the messenger for this incredible movement, he will take his message directly to the American people.”

Carl Bernstein won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the Watergate scandal tweeded: "The most dangerous enemy of the people is always presidential lying.   Attacks on press by @realDonaldTrump more treacherous than Nixon's."


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