Thursday, October 20, 2016

Trump's War With the MSM OR Where Did You Go Woodward & Bernstein

I'm old enough to recall the Watergate Scandal reading The Boston Globe and monitoring the mainstream media (MSM) of the day for further news as the misdeeds of an American president were laid bare for all of America to see. Although I may not have always agreed with the political leanings of the MSM, I did admire their integrity. If not for the intrepid efforts of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the blatant abuses of power of the Nixon administration may well have never have been uncovered. Where are the intrepid journalists of today? More concerned with the antics of the Kardashians than abuses of power in high places it seems.

It could be argued that Nixon was ultimately brought down by 8 1/2 minutes of tape recordings erased by secretary Rosemary Wood. We all waited with baited breath as revelations of corruption were brought to us by the mysterious "Deepthroat" courtesy of Woodward & Bernstein in the Washington Post. As the current election cycle draws to a close, Republican nominee Donald Trump is being hounded by the MSM over alleged sexual misconduct often as old as 30 years. Meanwhile blatant criminal behavior by Hillary Clinton goes for the most part unpublished. Is this the behavior of a "watchdog media?" Mr. Trump has every right to be concerned that the MSM has merely become the propaganda arm of the Democratic Party and their left-wing policies.

Deepthroat has become replaced by Julian Assange and his organization, Wikileaks who, no matter how loudly they shout, are ignored by the MSM. Assange's internet has been severed and other impartial news organizations such as RT (Russian Television) have been silenced. RT's bank accounts have been frozen in the UK. Why the attempt to silence the truth? To quote President Obama, "the only people who are afraid of the truth are people with something to hide." (It's very hard to keep a straight face while writing that) The evidence of collusion between the MSM and Democratic Party are too numerous to begin naming, we'll leave that for another time. Suffice it to say that Mr. Trump has ample room for concern.

Far be it from me to give advice to someone of Mr. Trump's ability, however, given that the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) is a part of the Executive branch: should he win the election, it might be wise to look at licenses given to news organizations. The First Amendment's freedom of the press clause was written so that the press could tell the truth without fear of reprisal, not to obfuscate it.

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