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Thursday, August 16, 2018

More than 300 newspapers and some prominent journalists agreed to publish editorials Wednesday, denouncing President Trump's attacks on the media. The list includes The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the Chicago Sun-Times and former CBS News anchor Dan Rather.

What any one of these papers and individuals expects to accomplish remains unclear. Those who see the media as one of the most mistrusted entities in the U.S. will likely not be swayed, particularly given the coordinated effort of it all. It also doesn't help that all but one of the participating newspapers did not endorse President Trump before the 2016 election, with the Topeka Capital-Journal being the exception.

And, when they all say they're just here to report on the president fairly, accurately, objectively, without fear or favor or pushing a narrative, a majority of people regardless of party -- Democrat, independent, Republican -- will not trust the messenger.


Thursday, August 09, 2018

The young men voted for Hillary, they called home in shock when Trump won, they talked about flipping the House, and they followed Peterson to other podcasts -- to Sam Harris and Dave Rubin and Joe Rogan. What they were getting from these lectures and discussions, often lengthy and often on arcane subjects, was perhaps the only sustained argument against identity politics they had heard in their lives.

That might seem like a small thing, but it's not. With identity politics off the table, it was possible to talk about all kinds of things -- religion, philosophy, history, myth -- in a different way. They could have a direct experience with ideas, not one mediated by ideology. All of these young people, without quite realizing it, were joining a huge group of American college students who were pursuing a parallel curriculum, right under the noses of the people who were delivering their official educations.


Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Millennials interested in the world of ideas are on a quest for the types of open conversations often lacking in their college classes or in the media. One possible solution is a new rogue movement still sorting out its manners and mores. It's called the Intellectual Dark Web, and it may prove to be the best thing that's happened to civil discourse since the Internet began.

Coined by economist Eric Weinstein, the name describes a group of American thinkers spanning the political spectrum who are pushing back against the divisive rhetoric and constricted ideological parameters of the cultural mainstream. Intellectual Dark Web members include University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan B. Peterson, religion critic Sam Harris, conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, and Rubin Report host Dave Rubin.


Friday, August 03, 2018

Businessman and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is headed to jail after a federal judged determined evidence against him of witness tampering is valid. Last week Manafort, who has been charged with a number of federal crimes by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, was accused by prosecutors of violating his house arrest agreement and indicted for a third time after engaging in efforts to intimidate witnesses in the case.


Thursday, July 26, 2018

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) announced Tuesday the results of a two-phase nationwide operation in which I-9 audit notices were served to more than 5,200 businesses around the country since January. A notice of inspection (NOI) informs business owners that ICE is going to audit their hiring records to determine whether they are complying with existing law. From July 16 to 20, the second phase of the operation, HSI served 2,738 NOIs and made 32 arrests. During the first phase of the operation, Jan. 29 to March 30, HSI served 2,540 NOIs and made 61 arrests.


Comments

This piece really was firing on all cylinders IMO.

I'll cite this first:

An Axios and Survey Monkey poll of nearly 4,000 adults on June 27 showed 92 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents believe "that traditional news outlets knowingly report false or misleading stories at least sometimes," a finding in line with other recent polls conducted by Pew Research and Gallup.

No surprise there. But here's the part that should give pause to these editorial boards before lecturing readers on how noble they are and how horrible Trump is: In the same Axios/Survey Monkey poll, 79 percent of independents polled believe traditional outlets knowingly report false or misleading stories, at least sometimes. Even Democrats agree, by 53 percent. Overall number: 72 percent of respondents believe "traditional major news sources report news they know to be fake, false, or purposely misleading."


This really puts the media double-standards into focus:

Speaking of the 44th president, some may ask where the press was on the coordinated editorial front when Mr. Obama and his Department of Justice (DOJ), led by then-Attorney General Eric Holder, acted as "the greatest enemy to press freedom" since the Nixon years.

That's a quote from New York Times reporter James Risen in 2015 -- and that's only the beginning from him, as it pertained to the Obama DOJ jailing journalists for trying to do their jobs. [snip]

In Rosen's case, the Obama Justice Department not only spied on him and even his parents but labeled him a "criminal co-conspirator and a flight risk" in order to gain access to his phone records and emails under the 1917 Espionage Act.

Just picture Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions doing such a thing to a CNN or NBC reporter. If you're not seeing a media apocolypse in terms of the reaction, please adjust your headset.

Speaking of phone records, the previous administration secretly seized phone records of Associated Press reporters, which the news organization called "serious interference with AP's constitutional rights to gather and report the news."

Where was the outcry and editorial coordination from American media back then?


Ouch! Yes, Trump calling the media the "enemy of the people" is bad but it pales in comparison with the actions the previous administration took with the media and there was no concerted and coordinated effort to call it out en masse. These people have no perspective.

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