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Monday, July 10, 2017

Do we need the press?

We are taught from grade school that a free press is necessary to liberty in the United States.

Jefferson said given the choice between a government without newspapers, and newspapers with no government, he would not hesitate to choose the latter.

I picture him now, reading his New York Times while anarchists burn down Monticello. He says, I'm fine.

But we no longer have a free and independent press. We lost that when the news media we went all in for Barack Obama.

His Twitter accounts were ABC, CBS, NBC, AP, and every major newspaper.

This helped elect Donald John Trump president because after eight years of bowing to their master, the press no longer had the credibility -- which is their only power -- to stop The Donald.

Since his election, there has been enough misinformation from CNN alone to fill a book.

From urinating hookers to saying Trump's lawyer was in Prague on some James Bond mission, under Jeff Zucker the network has collapsed into Reddit_The_Antifa chasing conspiracy theories like a dog chasing cars up and down the street.

A little dog. One of those yippy things, a fashion accessory that Paris Hilton might have owned 15 years ago.

Can the nation survive without a free press?

We are finding out because we don't have one now. The one we have now lacks the credibility necessary to be a power again in American politics because CNN and the rest are chained to the Marxist party line of the Democrats.

The generation of journalists who came of age post-Watergate were occasionally insufferable as they had an oversized opinion of their importance.

But at least they gave you the news when they were not blowing up trucks to show how unsafe they were. The press scandals were rare.

This generation of journalists grew up post-Lewinsky. Some were plain lazy like Jayson Blair, who apparently covered Jessica Lynch in West Virginia from a bar in Brooklyn. I've been to Wirt County. He did not miss much.

But after Lewinsky, the press re-wrote the Watergate saga. The press now saw its job as uncovering Republican scandals while covering up for Democratic ones.

Thus, we got a special prosecutor  for the Valerie Plame story, but none for Fast and Furious, the IRS scandal, Benghazi, and a dozen other minor scandals by Barack Obama and his henchmen. The FBI helped Hillary destroy evidence in the secret server case.

A docile press accommodated Obama's rogue regime and its many crimes. The press was the dog that didn't bark.

Now it does. All the time. People tune it out. The government does not censor the press. It can say what it wants, but is incompetence, pettiness, and partiality make the American press generally useless -- at least most of the press covering the president.

Caution: Readers occasionally may laugh out loud at the media as they read this account of Trump's election.

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Caution: Readers occasionally may laugh out loud at the media as they read this account of Trump's nomination.

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  1. If you want to influence public opinion you need the press. If you want accurate information or if you want to disseminate accurate information, you don't need the press.

  2. The FakeNews outlets have lost the trust of the public. remember the Roman saying: Trust, like the soul, never returns once it has gone.

  3. We do have a free press. It's just shifted. It's right here and on thousands of other websites, Twitter accounts, YouTube, the smartphone itself. The proof of that we have a free press is the election of President Trump. I always have a rolling 20 or so places to go for real reporting depending on their credibility at the time. They come and go, but freedom abhors a vacuum. I find that there is always a place to go to make sense of what is happening in the world. And there is no substitute for one's own eyes and ears (sometimes smell) to make good decisions about the local scene. The old press is no longer free because they've forfeited in order to curry favor with the left. The old press is constantly reminding us that there is a free press by reacting insanely to the new press. They always give the clues to what they fear and the majority of American citizens are better informed than any time in my life (1961).

  4. LOL!

    Bezos, Slim, and Buffett, publicly pleading poverty ask Congress for help with their newspapers --

  5. The enemedia are bums; worthless bums.