Class Warfare Blog

January 15, 2017

Trump Trumped?

Filed under: Politics,The News — Steve Ruis @ 8:17 am
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The NY Times has joined a chorus of writers on a singular topic: should the recent accusations associated with Russian claims to have a “hold” on Mr. Trump have been released to the public (“Was BuzzFeed Right to Publish Accusations Against Donald Trump?,” 1-11-2017).

I find this puzzling. Mr. Trump was elected because the news media provided many millions of dollars of free television coverage precisely because Mr. Trump made outrageous, unverified, untruthful claims about his opponents and the state of the nation.

So, when were they supposed to stop? And why?

 

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7 Comments »

  1. One could use that familiar phrase, “it depends on the circumstances” (we humans have a talent for getting around things when the occasion calls for it).

    In answer to your question — no, It shouldn’t stop.

    Comment by Nan — January 15, 2017 @ 11:36 am | Reply

  2. Actually, I wish it had never started. We have, by doing this, turned our news media into entertainment organs. People enjoy watching a good train wreck, will slow down to a crawl on a freeway to view a car crash site and will pile up around a crime scene to get a look see for blood or corpses, I guess. Our news media should not be based upon such urges. Which means our news media cannot, if we want to preserve our democracy, be expected to make a profit! … because the easiest way to make a profit is give the people what they want.

    Comment by Steve Ruis — January 15, 2017 @ 12:04 pm | Reply

    • True enough. But since the news media is what it is, I do believe they should continue to report on both the good and the bad. However, having said that, I do agree profit plays much too big of a role in what is shared with the public.

      Comment by Nan — January 15, 2017 @ 12:46 pm | Reply

  3. It’s always about rating, isn’t it? If Trump accused the heads of intelligence services of the same, this question would never see the media light of day. Irony is not a strong suit of either Trump supporters or media talking heads.

    Comment by tildeb — January 15, 2017 @ 4:46 pm | Reply

  4. I think that if Donald Trump cares so much about accuracy, the networks have to run his speeches with a 7 second delay so that they could display the word “LIE” onscreen whenever he lies.

    Comment by List of X — January 15, 2017 @ 7:20 pm | Reply

  5. I’d favor the 7 second delay for all politicians in both parties. We’d find that lying (and kissing cousin, distortion) is the norm. The Guardian ran a weekly bit during the campaign “Lies Trump Told This Week (something like this) but did not run a “Lies Hillary Told This Week.” (Clinton lied and distorted truth as much as Trump) Lying to the public is what government does, has done, and will continue to do so. For neoliberals to make it about Trump is both disingenuous and dangerous.

    Comment by Zachary — January 16, 2017 @ 2:06 pm | Reply

    • Wouldn’t it be better if we shunned liars, turned our backs on them. It’s a shame I am not in a universe where that will happen.

      On Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 2:06 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — January 16, 2017 @ 9:20 pm | Reply


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