One is journalists willing to stand up for Jullian Assange. Where are they? Anybody want to say why it is OK for RT to be silenced but not say… you or me?
Two is journalists willing to call this what it is: food fight for a reality TV audience.
“The editorials today will likely help Trump whip up support among his base against a monolithic media. But, just as clearly, the establishment media can draw attention away from their own failures, corruptions, and falsehoods simply by focusing on Trump’s.
Big media outlets need not actually report news that affects your life and point to serious solutions for social ills. They can just bad mouth Trump.
And Trump need not deliver on campaign promises that tapped into populist and isolationist tendencies in the U.S. public that have grown in reaction to years of elite rule. He need only deride the major media.
Counter to the lofty rhetoric of many of today’s editorials, the promise of an independent and truth-seeking press frequently is subservient to propaganda, pushing for war and narrow economic interests. “
Three is open discussion and accurate analysis of the policies by politicians on our way to “regulate” Freedom of the Press and our Freedom of Speech. Is this a real democracy or do we just play one on TV? Can we talk about and vote for real solutions instead of flinging coconut oil smoothies and jars of mayonnaise at one another?
Instead, it’s almost like we’re told which side to take, isn’t it? Ds on this side. Rs on that side. Us and Them. Who you got? Trump or the fake news? Mayo or Coconuts?
Now playing in the political theater, a puppet show of manufactured drama. You know this week’s names: Alex “Performance Artist” Jones, Omar-“Reality TV”-osa, John “The Borg” Brennan, Mark “Data” Zuckerberg, and even a cameo appearance by Henry “Atlantic Council” Kissinger.
What is this tragic comedy supposed to distract us from? Same thing as always? What are the powers that be are planning and doing?
For example, what is the actual policy we’re going to be subjected to and told to live with? Let’s talk about that. Maybe we can turn America back into something other than the dystopian land of magical thinking it has become…
“In a policy paper obtained by Axios, Sen. Mark Warner’s office laid out 20 different paths to address problems posed by Big Tech platforms — ranging from putting a price on individual users’ data to funding media literacy programs.
Why it matters: The paper — prepared by Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner’s staff and circulated in tech policy circles in recent weeks — is a window to the options available to U.S. policymakers concerned about disinformation and privacy.
Enacting any of these plans is a long shot in the near-term, but a shift in control of Congress come November could give them more momentum.