All of a sudden President Trump isn’t an Idiot, or a Racist, or a Misogynist?

Suddenly some in the media, not all just some, are grudgingly admitting that President Trump is adequately dealing with the crises in Texas and Florida. President Trump went to the scene and displayed strong leadership, he was there, he saw for himself the actions taken on the ground, he participated, even if it was primarily as a photo op, in the distribution of food and supplies and he brought a sense of competence to the government’s aid to those in need. 
President Trump also made a deal with the democrats to raise the debt ceiling and to approve money to help Texas get past the damage done by the hurricane. We now may need more money to help Florida out.

President Trump cut a deal with the democrats and got what he wanted, the republicans were angered that the president went around them. The president is looking for results, not politics, he knows you have to give a little to get a little. The democrats on their own can’t accomplish anything, the republicans on their own can’t accomplish anything even with their majority in both houses.

The President is a deal maker; he can get things approved with help from both sides. He may not get what he promised, but he can start the ball rolling in the direction he promised by getting some of what he wants and giving up a little of this or a little of that.

The media is grudgingly not condemning him for his actions in Texas or his deal with the democrats. The media has been punching, kicking, and biting at the President since last November when he won the election. They’re tired of punching like a punch drunk boxer and their audience is tired of their cheap shots and low blows.

The media’s credibility is shot, what they say has little impact any more. They don’t know how to condemn him for doing the right thing in a national emergency such as what we saw in Texas and what we will see in Florida over the next couple of weeks.

The media was a joke last November and they’ve fallen even lower with their unethical and pitiful attempts to condemn the President since.

Some of President Trump’s actions and decisions since last November have been commendable, some have been questionable and some have been stupid, but all in all he’s done an excellent job in spite of the media and democrats and even republicans taking constant cheap shots at him.

Maybe we’re at a turning point in his administration, not that he’s gotten any better, but that the cheap shots have slowed down because they have little to no effect. 

Maybe because the media can’t hide his performance from the public with social media and the obvious performance that’s visible from the video of him in Texas doing what he does in a way that can’t be covered up by using the word ‘Russia’.

Trump today is the same Trump that we saw last November. The media is a joke and has little impact on what the public thinks. Trump is still standing and the media has dropped to their knees from fatigue and a lack of credibility.

The successful deal with the democrats is a new tactic that can be a very effective tool for the President. The republicans have shown themselves as ineffective by themselves, but there are enough republicans and democrats that can become a majority for the right legislation that can be passed with the leadership of the President. 

That’s why I voted for him and that’s why a lot of other people voted for him too. Trump doesn’t follow the rules, but then who said the rules were right to begin with? 

I’ll take a failed businessman over a successful politician in public office any day, and President Trump is a successful businessman so we are that much better off.

 

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The Dreamers

Let’s Talk about the Dreamers. 

Illegal immigrants who came to this country illegally over the years were illegal immigrants, not Undocumented Aliens, they committed a crime by coming here illegally. The children they brought with them were also illegal immigrants. 

President Obama used an executive Order to defer deportation and offer work permits for those illegal immigrants. Immigration Law is the responsibility of Congress and the legislative process, not the President, until there is a law passed by Congress that must be signed. Congress never passed a law that addressed the Dreamers.

Congress passed a number of immigration laws, and the illegal immigrants and their children violated some of them. Congress did their job and passed immigration laws, the illegal immigrants broke those laws, President Obama over stepped his authority with the Executive Order giving hope to the Dreamers. President Trump signed an Executive Order giving six months to Congress to pass legislation that addresses the Dreamers or the Obama Executive Order will expire and the Dreamers will be deported.

Congress failed to pass legislation addressing the Dreamers because it requires them to take a stand and become accountable to their voters and the money people who pull their strings. Passing anything especially anything that’s controversial is very difficult in that environment. Congress doesn’t want to be held accountable, that’s one reason why President Trump is so popular he’s not a politician. He is rude, crude, and socially unacceptable, but he’ll take a stand. I’ll vote for that type of person every day of the week.

Obama overstepped his authority by signing his executive order because the 2012 election was close and Obama had to lock in the illegal immigrant votes. Yes, I’m sure a lot of illegal immigrants voted in 2012 and 2016, I know it because of how loud the democrats are screaming that President Trump wants to look in voter fraud.

President Trump is tossing the problem back where it belongs, to Congress who has to take a stand that they don’t want to, but in six months the Dream act is void.

The media paints President Trump as the villain in this story but he’s the only one trying to follow the Constitution.

The media is not telling the story as it should be told, they are telling the story as if President Trump is the villain and that’s just wrong.

 

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Freedom of Speech

Freedom of Speech 

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The Constitution was written first and the Bill of Rights was added later, the question of Freedom of Speech was debated for a long time, but the question was not; do we protect free speech? The question was does that need to be spelled out because it was so obviously a natural right that it didn’t need to be spelled out this clearly. Fortunately, our Founding Fathers decided to spell it out because there are times when some of us for no good reason forget that we all enjoy the same freedoms, especially the freedom of speech.

Freedom of speech means freedom of speech. None of us have to agree with or enjoy your speech, but you’re certainly free to speak. Content is only minimally limited. To yell fire in a crowded building when there is no fire puts people’s lives in jeopardy without cause, to speak about the evils of (insert any group here) and try to convince anyone who is listening to hate the same things you hate is acceptable. Everyone is free to try and sell their ideas to anyone who’ll listen; we’re all free to speak and we’re all free to listen or not to listen.

When I stand in the middle of the town square and start telling you how to make a lot of money buying and selling distressed properties I might get a crowd to stand there and listen to me. An analysis of my advice may show that my advice is faulty and you can’t make money doing what I tell you to do but I’m still free to tell you those things, I’m even free to sell you a product based on my speech.

Caveat Emptor, let the buyer beware, there are lines to cross when free speech becomes fraud, and the law is very clear on what constitutes fraud. It’s at the point where your freedom of speech impinges on someone’s else’s ability to make an informed decision and you get to make a profit. To be fraud the speaker has to make a profit by selling you something but the facts fail to meet the claims mentioned in your speech, that’s fraud. Hate speech is not fraud.

There are no limits on the content of my opinion, whatever I believe I can say in public. Whatever you believe you can say in public. I can disagree with your opinion and you can disagree with my opinion, but I can’t prevent you from having your opinion or sharing your opinion, and you can’t prevent me from speaking my mind. 

My speech may be hateful and hurt the feelings of 99% of the public, but I’m free to speak my hate filled message. If you strongly disagree or feel that I’m a despicable person because of my hate filled message you’re free to run away and let me speak my ugly message into the wind, you have no obligation to listen to me.

When you try to stop me from speaking my message that’s censorship and that’s worse than my ugly hate filled message. Your judgement that my message is too hateful to be heard in public is just that your judgement, and you’re entitled to your opinion but you’re not entitled to shut me down. 

When you’re free to shut me down because you don’t like my message, you open the door for me to shut your message down, regardless of content.

All speech is free not only the speech that you agree with because what you agree with may not be what I agree with. That’s how it has to be, when we limit speech because some of us disagree with the content or we assume that most people disagree with the content, then free speech becomes limited speech. Attempting to limit the most hateful speech opens the door to censorship. Someone or some group becomes an arbitrary standard that will limit freedom.

To shut down certain kinds of content you have to have an entity (a censor) that determines what’s good and what’s bad? Who is wise enough or consistent enough to do a fair job of regulating free speech. Content, language is subjective, we all have our own interpretation.

What offends me may not offend you, and vice versa. Opinions vary, interpretations vary, motivations vary, fair and consistent is difficult to maintain. When you successfully have my free speech cut off because you don’t like my message, I may fight to ban your message not so much because I don’t like your message, but to get even with you for banning my speech. Once you start limiting who can say what, you’re limiting your own free speech.

Freedom of speech is the law of the land, it’s what makes us strong and makes us free. No one has to agree with the content to make speech free, and no one has the right to limit anyone’s free speech. A hate filled speech is as free as a love filled speech, the content is irrelevant, the public must judge for itself to listen or to tune the message out.

Our Constitution and the Bill of Rights are well over 200 years old, we should not have to have this discussion anymore. None of us in this country are so fragile that we can’t be exposed to a message that we can’t agree with that we must ban the message or the messenger.

Freedom of speech means all speech is free, ALL mean ALL Free Means Free

 

 

 

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Trump and the Media

President Trump is in office doing what he feels are the right things to do. His loyal followers are still faithful to him. Who are his loyal followers? I am and I’ll attempt to describe me; I believe there are many like me who still believe in him and still trust him. I’m sure there are other loyal followers who fit into different descriptions but I can’t estimate the numbers or the specific descriptions. If the election were held today, I think President Trump would win, I think there is still that much support for him out in the country.

I’m a Conservative Republican who believes that we need a smaller government with less spending and lower taxes. I also believe in the free market, let businessmen and women run their businesses with as little government intervention as possible and the economy will grow and business will thrive. I’m also not a fan of professional politicians, they’re not public servants they are public leeches. I want term limits and I want to rotate good people from the public into and out of public service positions as often as possible.

If you want to make a living as a white collar thief, I want you to get a job at a bank or a large company and embezzle from your employers up close and personal like the private sector white collar thieves have to do. Elected representatives have legalized their graft and procedures so they can steal the money from the public piggy bank in broad daylight as we all stand around and watch. Those slimy bastards have got to go. This is why I trust in and believe in President Trump. He’s a successful outsider, we need more like him.

The media doesn’t like President Trump and they want him to fail, the Democrats don’t like President Trump and they want him to fail, the Republicans don’t like President Trump and they want him to fail, so they do everything they can to make him look bad, to make his life miserable, and to make the public lose confidence in President Trump.

Here’s my analogy to make this crystal clear; The ACME Manufacturing Company. The ACME Manufacturing Company was a family owned business for many generations, able bodied men and some women from the family were long term employees of the business. The entire extended family used the company as a piggy bank to support all their bad habits and poor decisions.

Due to a turn in the economy and some poor business decisions what was once a thriving and growing organization was now in trouble. The ACME Manufacturing Company was sold to Donald Trump. Donald Trump recognized that the company had a path to success and it could become profitable again when the right decisions were made and the right plans followed. Donald Trump started to turn the business around, debts were paid and profits were rolling in. 

The family piggy bank was ripe for picking again, but the family didn’t control the piggy bank any more. Donald Trump has to go, the family must have control again to run the company into the ground and to plunder the corporate piggy bank. The family starts plotting and scheming how to get rid of the man who fixed their piggy bank so they can get it back.

The democrats hate Trump because he beat their candidate Hillary. Trump believes in too many things that the democratic party can’t defend so he has to go and one of their own has to replace him. 

The republicans hate Trump because he is an outsider and he doesn’t owe them anything and they can’t control him. His success will highlight the need for change that the republicans have been promising to deliver but never do. Trump’s success will prove that the republicans haven’t even tried to deliver what the people want because it will upset their free rides and their position with the media. The republicans need him to fail so they can be back in charge of whatever they think they were in charge of. 

The media hates Trump because he was successful getting elected when they worked very hard to ensure that he couldn’t be successful. They overplayed negative reporting and minimized positive reporting of all things Trump during the campaign. Hillary got as much positive reporting and as little negative reporting as possible, but Trump still won.

Trump pushes back and doesn’t look for media approval. The republicans are weak milk toasts because they crave media approval, Trump spits in the media’s eye every chance he gets.

President Trump highlights the impotence of the media, he doesn’t back down, he challenges them. He is the 600-pound gorilla in the room and they aren’t, He is rude crude and socially unacceptable, but he’s the President and he doesn’t need their approval or want their approval, they are not even equal to pond scum. They’re irrelevant they’re not trustworthy; they’re not honorable. They’re actively trying to push President Trump out of Office and they’ll fail.

The main stream media was in decline before the presidential election and they’re now sinking fast. We see it every day as they report the fake news, they get excited about a story that will bring down the president but it turns out to be a nonevent. They believed their own fake news until its proven false, which takes two to three days. Back when we had Edward R. Murrow it only took a couple of hours to fact check a story because he was a professional reporter who had an ethical code that he believed in and followed.

Today’s media punks have abandoned their long held code of ethics. When you abandon your ethics and your integrity you abandon your hope of success. Without integrity you can only achieve fleeting success not lasting success. You can fool some of the people all of the time, and you can fool all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time and that’s what happens when the media abandons ethics. We’re at the point where they have to fool all of the people all of the time and it’s not working.

Every event President Trump has is packed with supporters. As the media and the left push hard to get him out the supporters stand strong and believe in the President.

The media is in free fall the President is on the rise.

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The Violence in Charlottesville

The violence in Charlottesville was avoidable, it happened because law enforcement failed to maintain the peace. “Unite the Right” had planned a protest event several months in advance and applied for permits for their protest. The permits were applied for on May 30, 2017 with the stated purpose to voice their opposition to the city’s decision to rename Lee Park to Emancipation Park and to remove a statue of General Robert E. Lee.

On June 5, 2017 the City of Charlottesville renamed two parks Lee Park became Emancipation Park and Jackson Park (named after Stonewall Jackson) to Justice Park. These parks are within two blocks of each other in Charlottesville.

On June 13, 2017, the permits were approved for the demonstration on August 12, 2017. Unite the Right may have a message that many others see as ugly or even hateful, but our Constitution guarantees them the right to stand in a public square and shout what they believe in. We don’t have to agree with them but we do have to support their right to say it. When we fail to protect their right to free speech we put our own right to free speech in jeopardy.

The First Amendment doesn’t only protect the speech that we all agree with, but it also protects the speech that most of us strongly disagree with. I don’t have the right to turn off your access to free speech because I don’t agree with your speech, but you can’t turn off my access to free speech because you don’t agree with my speech. Speech regardless of content is protected. Hate speech is protected.

Every time it’s been challenged the Supreme Court has upheld that we all have freedom of speech even if the speech is considered hateful by most who hear the speech. Content is irrelevant, we all have the right to speak our minds.

Unite the Right applied for a permit and the permit was approved; they legally met to express their opinion in Emancipation Park that was formerly known as Lee Park. The topics to be discussed were irrelevant, the Constitution guaranteed their assembly and speech.

The group called Antifa also showed up and their intention was to protest the content of Unite the Right. This group did not apply for a permit and they did not intend to provide a counter argument to the message delivered by Unite the Right. They came to disrupt and shut down the message they disagreed with. The Constitution guarantees their right to assemble but the City of Charlottesville requires a permit for that assembly. The permit informs the city of the need for city services to support the assembly. Law Enforcement, Sanitation, even the Fire Department needs to be aware of public gatherings so they can provide the services that are required.

It’s important that we summarize where we are at this point. Unite the Right was prepared to meet and protest the name changes of parks and the removal of a statue and to share what many believe is the hateful messages that that group believes in. All of that was legal and proper.

Antifa decided to show up and disrupt a legal gathering because they disagree with the message. This is not right on several levels. First off Unite the Right has the right to speak a hateful message if they choose to and Antifa does not have the right to infringe on the rights of others.

Local Law Enforcement had an obligation to keep the peace, but they failed. Unite the Right had a permit to assemble and exercise their freedom of Speech, but they were denied their constitutional right to free speech because local law enforcement failed to protect them from those who chose violence, Antifa. The counter protestors from Antifa do not have the right to shout down someone else’s free speech, but they did, and that choice led to violence. I believe that the violence started with Antifa and then escalated as Unite the Right met violence with more violence, but the details of this violence are less critical than the fact that the violence occurred.

Adequate numbers of law enforcement resources were present, but they were not effective at keeping the peace. Law enforcement knew that Unite the Right was holding a demonstration, and they had to know Antifa was going to be aggressive toward the message that they don’t agree with. Law enforcement should have kept the groups separate; that’s how you maintain the peace, you keep two groups who are filled with hate away from each other.

Law enforcement failed to keep the peace, but we aren’t sure why; it could have been that leadership in the state didn’t want to anger the Antifa and agreed with their opposition to the message that Unite the Right wanted to send. It could have been that law enforcement was just incompetent and had no idea how to maintain the peace. It could also have been the result of the Ferguson Effect; which is law enforcement being reluctant to enforce the law because of fear that politicians will not support their efforts after the fact. Nationwide there has been a significant drop in engagement of law enforcement with the public because political support is weak. Individual police officers are afraid the actions they take will not be supported by police leadership or politicians.

Regardless of why law enforcement failed, the failure led to an escalation of violence until a supporter of Unite the Right killed one and injured sixteen.

A second summary of this story shows that Unite the Right had permits to protest and they were prepared to voice their message in a law-abiding time and place. Antifa came in and initiated violence to stop Unite the Right from voicing their message. Both sides engaged the other with escalating violence until one side went too far and caused a death and serious injuries.

Law enforcement failed to maintain the peace. Local and state government intervened before the event by declaring it an unlawful assembly before the original protest after approving the permits. This infringed the right freedom of speech that the Constitution guarantees all of us. Local and state government should have intervened and prevented Antifia from assembling near Unite the Right. We may hate their speech but we must respect their freedom of speech; law enforcement had an obligation to protect their rights but didn’t.

I’m disappointed in President Trump because he didn’t speak clearly on this subject. He never endorsed the beliefs that Unite the Right espoused, and he never clearly defended their first amendment right to freedom of speech. The media and the republicans are all condemning him because he didn’t denounce their hate message strong enough to satisfy their sense of right and wrong. His sin is not agreeing with the message of a group who has an ugly message, his sin appears to be that his sense of outrage wasn’t strong enough.

The victims in this story are clearly the woman who was killed and those who were injured, but President Trump isn’t at fault for the violence. State and local government and law enforcement are solely at fault for allowing the violence to occur when it was clearly avoidable. We the people have given authority to our local and state governments specifically to keep the peace. We all have the right to free speech, we all have the right to gather and assemble with like-minded people, none of us have the right to shut down speech we don’t agree with.

President Trump placed blame on both sides and he was right to do so, but he should have condemned law enforcement for failing to maintain the peace. Competent law enforcement would have avoided the conflict and saved the life that was lost.

Hate speech is still protected speech, we must remember that, none of us can determine what is allowed and what is not allowed that leads to censorship.

Had law enforcement done the job properly the gathering would have been small, the ugly speeches would have gone with very little notice and no one would have been injured.

Had law enforcement done their job, Antifa would have gathered without a permit and been dispersed and segregated from the lawful assembly of Unite the Right. Their message away from Unite the Right may or may not have gotten much attention, but there would not have been any conflict and there would not have been a death and multiple injuries.

Keep in mind we are condemning the president because we are unhappy with the intensity of his outrage of the hate speech that Untie the Right has to right to share in public.

Also keep in mind Republicans who could have supported the Constitution and helped the president clarify his message failed to rise to the occasion, they condemned the president because they are intimidated by the media and their own lack integrity. They should have helped the president highlight that the freedom of speech is a freedom we all have even when we don’t like the message. It’s more important to defend an ugly message than it is to defend a pleasant message, because that’s how strong our freedoms are.

This tragedy is the result of poor, weak, incompetent local and state government. They failed to maintain the peace that they were obligated to maintain.

The public outrage is the result of the media’s hatred of President Trump and their desire to make him look small and incompetent. Unless you read carefully and unless you look very hard the average citizen believes that President Trump agrees with the hate messages that Unite the Right speaks. The President condemned the message in no uncertain terms, but unless you dig deep that’s not the impression you get from the media.

The President placed blame on both sides; Unite the Right and Antifa, because they engaged in violence against each other, and he was right to do so. It’s my opinion that the President did not condemn local and state governments and law enforcement as strongly as he should have because they failed to maintain the peace. That is the most significant failure of this event. State and local government failed to keep the peace as they are required to do.

I blame everyone involved because no one is standing up for and defending the Constitution. Unite the Right enjoys as much freedom as I do, they have the right to speak hatred and bigotry all day every day.

We have become too politically correct that we are focusing on the content that we don’t agree with and ignoring the freedom that we are all guaranteed. President didn’t do as good a job of communicating that message as well as he should have and members of his staff have done a poor job of keeping him on the narrow message trail they want him on, but no one has focused on the Constitution. We all enjoy the freedoms that are guaranteed. The presidents team should have helped him articulate that message clearly, because the media will only condemn him for anything he says.

The republicans who failed to identify the freedoms that Unite the Right have and were denied are despicable puppets of the media and not servants of the people they represent. Their lack of integrity disgusts me and reminds me why Donald Trump won the election. Politicians are slimy and disgusting.

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Much Ado About Nothing

Donald Trump Jr didn’t do anything wrong. Someone sent him an email saying that they had dirt on Hillary. No political operation would not chase that information. The fact that Trump Jr., the son in law, Kushner, and the campaign manager, Manafort attended the meeting indicates that they didn’t see anything wrong with what they were doing.
I don’t see anything wrong with what they were doing. Someone offered dirt and they wanted to see just what kind of dirt was available. The fact that the source involved high level Russians is only incidental; if the source was identified as a one eyed fat gypsy, they still would have attended the meeting. 

They were interested in the dirt not the source. Now the whole world wants to blame Hillary’s loss on an unfair advantage that Trump got from the Russians they are all excited that the source of this information was a Russian. 

Here are the facts:

Trump Jr. did nothing wrong by attending this meeting.

The exchanged between Goldstone and Trump Jr. used the following language, (official documents, “Crown Prosecutor of Russia, very useful to your father, part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump). No matter how badly they want to stretch this into collusion the facts don’t support it.

The meeting never provided any dirt and was over in twenty minutes with no follow up.

There is nothing here to be ashamed of. The attackers are clinging to the fact that the Russians were named in the email and that MUST be the smoking gun.

This was a nonevent when it happened and it’s a nonevent today.

Who would you indict for this meeting and what would the charge be? The answers are no one and there are no charges.

The hoopla will die down by this weekend. After the Sunday talk shows they will find a new hoopla to play with because this one is a dud.

 

 

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The Public Watchdog and the Low Information Voter

 

Watchdog journalism is when the press reports clearly and accurately the events going on in the world. Journalist report the news of local, state, national, and international events and they became the eyes and ears of the people.

The Press was expected to act as a force outside of the clergy, the government, and the business world to report the news to the common man about what was happening in the world. The Press was identified as the Fourth Estate. A resource available to the individual, to the voter to know what was happening around them because they had to work and support their families. The press was the truth finder for the individual.

Wikipedia describes The Fourth Estate as: The Fourth Estate (or fourth power) is a societal or political force or institution whose influence is not consistently or officially recognized. “Fourth Estate” most commonly refers to the news media, especially print journalism or “the press”. The term makes implicit reference to the earlier division of the three estates of the realm: the clergy, the nobility, and the commoners.

The freedom of the press was so important to life in a civilized society our Founding Fathers wrote the First Amendment to secure freedom of speech to support the press in their efforts to be the public watchdog.

Wikipedia says Freedom of the press or freedom of the media is the freedom of communication and expression through various mediums, such as electronic media and published materials. Wherever such freedom exists mostly implies the absence of interference from an overreaching state; its preservation may be sought through constitutional or other legal protections.

A shoemaker or a widowed mother couldn’t be at a public rally or at the seat of government to witness their elected representatives as they made law that would impact their daily lives. The shoemaker or widow couldn’t be out in the streets to witness a horrific crime that could also impact their lives. The press in the form of a newspaper could inform them adequately.

The ability to read a paper and stay current with the events of the day allowed the individual to vote responsibly on election day. Reading the news and understanding the facts became a regular part of the individual’s day.

The free market as well as the freedom of the press made that possible. Different newspapers with different reporters and editors give the newspaper or the magazine a personality, a flavor. This caused some papers to have a larger circulation than others. Over time we gained a trust in the reporters and the papers.

As time passed and we developed radio, TV, cable news and the internet our choices got more difficult.

Journalists developed a set of standards.

Wikipedia says this about Journalistic Standards.

Journalism ethics and standards comprise principles of ethics and of good practice as applicable to the specific challenges faced by journalists. Historically and currently, this subset of media ethics is widely known to journalists as their professional “code of ethics” or the “canons of journalism”. The basic codes and canons commonly appear in statements drafted by both professional journalism associations and individual print, broadcast, and online news organizations.

Standards:

  1. Reporters are expected to be as accurate as possible given the time allotted to story preparation and the space available, and to seek reliable sources.
  2. Events with a single eyewitness are reported with attribution. Events with two or more independent eyewitnesses may be reported as fact. Controversial facts are reported with attribution.
  3. Independent fact-checking by another employee of the publisher is desirable.
  4. Corrections are published when errors are discovered.
  5. Defendants at trial are treated only as having “allegedly” committed crimes, until conviction, when their crimes are generally reported as fact (unless, that is, there is serious controversy about wrongful conviction).
  6. Opinion surveys and statistical information deserve special treatment to communicate in precise terms any conclusions, to contextualize the results, and to specify accuracy, including estimated error and methodological criticism or flaws.

With our variety of news sources available we should expect the same personality or flavor of each news source. More Variety and more choices should produce a better product. It’s my opinion the product has developed into irrelevance.

Too many journalists have completely abandoned even trying to maintain journalistic standards, we used to be able to take the facts from the newspapers or news reports. We used to know that the facts were the facts and the news was the news. Now we can’t believe any of them. There are so many choices out there about what the facts are if one or two tell the truth and do follow journalistic standards they are lost in all the noise.

The media has abandoned being the pubic watch dog, they’ve stopped reporting the news and have started trying to shape the news. They don’t want to tell us what happened, they want to tell us how to think and what to believe.

Far too often I listen to a speech or watch a briefing given by a government official and then see a report or read an analysis of the same event and wonder what they saw because it didn’t resemble what I witnessed.

We have too many low information voters in the world. They still believe what they see on the news or found on the internet. The public watchdog is not providing facts, they’re making up the mind for the low information voter. They are corrupting reality by abdicating their responsibility of being the public watchdog.

Too many in the main stream media are dishonest and disloyal to the individuals who rely on them to find the truth and inform us accurately.

I have more faith in a Ouija board and a crystal ball.

 

Gino DiCostanzo

 

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