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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Is the Washington Post a rabid dog?

Once upon a time, I looked forward to reading Charles Krauthammer on Friday. Whilst the Washington Post was decidedly liberal and blurred the line between news and opinion, at least it offered readers a few conservative writers.

No more. Under the ownership of Jeff Bezos, the newspaper is in a constant state of foaming against Trump. There is not one writer on its staff who is openly for Trump. That is absurd.

Let us review recent headlines in the Washington Post:

Donald Trump is the GOP’s chemotheraphy

GOP nominates dangerously insane person to lead America, then panics

It’s beyond debate that Donald Trump is unfit to be president

This is not opinion. It is character assassination, as is calling a newspaper a rabid dog.

Whilst I must defend the Washington Post's right to publish its lies, I no longer consider it to be a journalistic enterprise, because it is not. It is a house organ for the federal government and the lobbyists who run it.

“...and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them.”
--Thomas Jefferson

Sadly, we now have the former, as what passes for newspapers today is merely propaganda for the central government.

“In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is...in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.”
― Theodore Dalrymple

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11 comments:

  1. ANTI-TRUST ANTI-TRUST ANTI-TRUST ANTI-TRUST. The DoJ should be forced to look at all of the huge enterprises that dominate Washington. Bust 'em up. Amazon, Google, Goldman Sachs, the Humpty Dumpties of DC. So that all the king's horses and all the king's men cannot put the Dumpties together again.

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  2. This has been the case for 50 years, when the blacklist ended. The Cold War was as real a war as WWII, and you didn't see anybody with Nazi or Japanese sympathies in the public eye.

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  3. I hope Bezos understands...I can cancel my Prime at any point that I want and start shopping brick and mortar places again. You better stop pissing me off, Jeff.

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    1. The States that want an Internet tax to level the playing field with Amazon would be happy to see Amazon broken apart by the DoJ. In other words, there is a lot of latent support for opening an anti-trust case against Amazon. It just takes the right president to get the ball rolling.

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    2. The internet sales tax is taxation without representation - the same issue that brought on The Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution. It is sponsored by mega-size mall owners who want to shut internet commerce - even though the likes of Macy's and Barnes and Noble do almost as much business on line as they do in stores.

      If you don't like Bezos, don't buy from Amazon. But if you hate shopping as much as I do, Amazon is my place to shop.

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    3. And by the way, Amazon collects sales tax for states where they have employees, inventory and facilities subject to state control. Its called "nexus."

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  4. It IS the gummint's local fish-wrap. Smells like it, too.

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  5. My take on the election:
    Mrs. Clinton has stated that that Mr. Trump is “unfit for the presidency”. One could believe that based on her violations of national security, Mrs. Clinton is herself unfit for the Presidency.
    The experienced individuals that Mr. Trump has surrounded himself with, like Mr. Rudy Giuliani, General Flynn and Mr. Newt Gingrich, would not suffer a fool as President. If needed, our Constitution provides for the cabinet and Vice President to replace the President with the Vice President with the concurrence of Congress under the 25th Amendment, Section 4.
    Additionally, as Mr. Rand Simbery wrote on the Ricochet Blog, “. . . a President Trump will be on probation with both parties from the moment he takes the oath of office. He is not a black man, or a woman of any color, so the Republicans won’t have to worry about going after one of the victim classes . . . . He will operate within the Constitution, or there will be bipartisan desire to stop him, and few on either side of the aisle will have any qualms in doing so.”
    Mrs. Clinton has had no divisions in her party over her unsecured E-mail server and national security scandal; even Mr. Sanders is still supporting her. So why should anyone believe that the Democratic Party would help rein in Mrs. Clinton.
    Mrs. Clinton, like when Secretary of State, will fill her cabinet with party first yes people so expect no opposition to her actions.

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  6. I just wonder how these "journalists" can ignore the fact that they are no better than the propagandists of Goebbels during WWII and Pravda during the Cold War. I could not look myself in the mirror ever day.

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  7. I don't use Amazon. The Walmart online site is good enough for me. I use Alibris for books and prefer it highly over Amazon because it sells USED books much cheaper including books from the UK. I haven't LOOKED at the WaPo in months. I use my free articles at the NYT to look at the city real estate because my son is looking for a condo there. I would like to cancel the local rag which is full of wretched anti-Trump AP garbage but my wife still wants the local news. The media is killing its own business model and shrinking. But Bezos has been a bad guy for a long time (even pre WaPo he is a slime) and I'm not giving him a plugged nickel.

    Elliott

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  8. Eisenhower warned us about the military/industrial complex before he left. I think it's time to discuss the political/media complex.

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