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I can find only one major journalism organization -- the Guardian US -- that a) understands the accelerating threats to our democracy; b) relentlessly explains what is happening; and c) has proudly assumed the role of an advocate for saving democracy.
I'm fairly sure that other Big Journalism orgs understand. A (scant) few have even begun to give this the ongoing coverage it requires.
But apart from the Guardian, they can't be bothered to become the advocates we desperately need.
"With sass & style, she demolished the accusation that Wade paid for her travel. Social media lit up with “A man is not a plan” posts, many from women who shared their cash-on-hand dating stories.
The conventional wisdom (among a mostly male, mostly White media) pronounced that Willis had irretrievably damaged her case... Even more cringeworthy: Mostly White commentators sounded incredulous that an African American woman would habitually carry cash"
Politico - An influential think tank close to Donald Trump is developing plans to infuse Christian nationalist ideas in his administration should the former president return to power. https://www.politico.com/news/2024/02/20/donald-trump-allies-christian-nationalism-00142086
One of America's most evil media companies promotes fear and loathing to millions of people around the nation in local "news" broadcasts. Sinclair is Murdoch at the local level, and it is totally aligned with Trump. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/02/16/sinclair-broadcasting-conservative-media-trump/?pwapi_token=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJyZWFzb24iOiJnaWZ0IiwibmJmIjoxNzA4MjMyNDAwLCJpc3MiOiJzdWJzY3JpcHRpb25zIiwiZXhwIjoxNzA5NjE0Nzk5LCJpYXQiOjE3MDgyMzI0MDAsImp0aSI6ImFiODlmOTZmLTE1NGItNDIxYi1iYTlkLWY0OGViZGY2YThhMCIsInVybCI6Imh0dHBzOi8vd3d3Lndhc2hpbmd0b25wb3N0LmNvbS9wb2xpdGljcy8yMDI0LzAyLzE2L3NpbmNsYWlyLWJyb2FkY2FzdGluZy1jb25zZXJ2YXRpdmUtbWVkaWEtdHJ1bXAvIn0.sGMh9gdYeTo2VIih4Ri56FxQljHV6PYRKLn6fe2iouo
I'll admit this week's blog post was fun to write (even if the topic, demagogues, is unsavory).
How many times do I get to quote Prof. Harold Hill, post the drawing of a stork, and mention that the latest judgment against Trump was for $355 million ($450 million with prejudgment interest)?
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Click here for this week's blog post:
Dismantling [NATO] has long been a goal of Russian President Vladimir #Putin, who orchestrated efforts in 2016 to help #Trump... Members of #NATO—which includes the US, #Canada & 29 #European countries—pledge to defend any other nation that gets attacked.
Trump, who currently faces 91 #criminal charges across 4 jurisdictions, has long praised Russia’s autocratic leader."
- @msfreepress https://www.mississippifreepress.org/39734/trump-encourages-russia-to-attack-american-allies-do-whatever-the-hell-they-want
Judge sentences Didion Milling officials to federal prison for their role in a fatal explosion in 2017 at a Wisconsin corn mill. https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/corn-milling-company-officials-sentenced-federal-prison-their-role-deadly-explosion-killed
Washington Post: Propaganda accounts controlled by foreign entities aiming to influence US politics are flourishing on X (Twitter) even after they’ve been exposed by other social media platforms or criminal proceedings. https://wapo.st/3T4I0GI
NBC: President Biden attacked the special prosecutor for asking him when his son had died. That didn't happen, sources say. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/biden-attacked-hur-asking-beau-died-didnt-happen-sources-say-rcna138709
"“U.S. President Joe Biden issued a memorandum on Thursday requiring allies who receive military aid from the U.S. to provide ‘credible and reliable written assurances’ of their adherence to international law including international human rights law,” the Times of Israel reported. Israel will need to supply written assurances within 45 days or risk loss of aid."
Three years separate #Biden and #Trump in age, but the distance between their mental and emotional fitness remains incalculable — as is the chasm between the media we have and the media #democracy requires."
The very world perpetrating genocide asks Palestinians to prove that their children are indeed in pieces under the rubble, and not terrorists in a tunnel. Amid all the proving, there is no time to mourn.
"In Dnipro, we visited an apartment building where at least 64 people had died in an earlier #Russian missile strike. Eerily enough, we could still see clothes hanging in a top-floor closet — visible because the entire front wall of the building was gone. Other Russian missiles have struck #hospitals, #schools & shopping malls in the area. These are targets of no military value whose destruction amounts to #crimes against humanity"
A word about left-wing conspiracy theories.
Yesterday I sent about 10 people to this page because they were saying the same untrue things about Merrick Garland that I disproved here with facts:
That's when I realized a new Merrick Garland conspiracy theory had taken hold.
My initial reaction was pure irritation.
A knew what it would take to disprove it. . .
He publicly denounced a hostage deal while Secretary of State Antony #Blinken was in the region trying to broker an agreement. He announced the Israeli military would be moving into the southern #Gaza city of Rafah, a move US officials have publicly opposed, since #Rafah is packed with about 1.4 million #Palestinians living in squalid conditions who fled there under #Israeli orders."
For Trump (and Republicans in general), America's political journalists consistently normalize lies, corruption, racism, misogyny, and blatantly obvious mental confusion. If it's covered as a story, it's a one-day story and everyone moves on.
But Big Journalism rakes Biden and prominent Democrats over the coals when they violate any one of those norms -- in "news" eruptions that go on and on.
This isn't a media blind spot. The only logical explanation at this point is that it's willful.