What happened to America’s 4th Estate & why couldn’t journalists just admit that the 2016 election was stolen.
Defending Truth, American Democracy, and Bill Clinton: Part III
Read Part I of this article here.
Was it mere embarrassment of the media’s failure, that kept the press corps silent on the bigger truth that needed their attention, or did they intentionally do it to salve the male, white, and privileged in the industry and government that run things in Washington D.C.? Only the occasional story makes it over the wall of media empire to warn it’s colleagues of future transgressions. Like most voters, our press doesn’t want to really know or chase the truth, or get any pushback from their media owners. It’s easier to dismiss it…or change the subject to the minutiae that “passes” for news. I guess it’s too much effort to act professional & try to treat the candidates the same, instead of holding women to unequal standards as journalists have in the past. See article here.
Take the case of non-blinking con artist, Elizabeth Holmes, who donned a black turtleneck ‘ala the late Steve Jobs, lowered her voice a few octaves & lied right to the faces of famous, wealthy older white men. She’s even been dubbed the Millennial Bernie Madoff by some media outlets. Where are the investigative journalists? Are Americans so gullible that they’re that easy to fool…as long as you have blond hair and blue eyes? Although the young fraudster, actually has neither blue eyes, nor blond hair, she knew she had to dazzle them and hypnotize their Nazi soaked brains and white authoritarian beliefs to get away with her fraud. That is why it worked.
Houston, we have a problem with our 4th Estate. ..
We’ve heard some rumblings and concern about some of the problems with our media, but nobody has stepped up to offer to fix it, or even to suggest how we might. I have plenty of ideas of how we can do that, but I don’t have a massive following, a bottomless bank account, a mansion, a media outlet, or a microphone, except for Medium.com, that is.
The thing that frustrated me most about the slow reaction to the media’s collective failure during the run up to 2016 is that people that could have done something….didn’t do it. I’m looking at you, Obama. I love Obama as much as the next lover-of-democracy, but he really dropped the ball at some crucial moments. Obama allowed Bush to get away with war crimes and steal 50% of the stimulus, which he immediately wasted on his “friends” in the banking industry. He didn’t gut or get the Patriot Act repealed when he had that small window of time. He didn’t reign in the CIA enough, or the FBI, and he didn’t step up when he KNEW that Russia had hacked the DNC and trust the public with that knowledge. The worst was when Comey, acting like an unprofessional partisan HACK, opined about a dead investigation about Hillary Clinton, yet stayed mute about the other REAL ongoing investigation on Trump, 11 days before the election. Obama could have reprimanded Comey and should have. He also could have fired him. He did NOTHING. For that reason, Obama’s stock has gone down in my eyes. His reason for refusing to act was because, he was worried about his legacy. Wow. If that’s true, that is the most pathetic reason. It’s been suggested that McConnell threatened to blame him and say the election was hacked, which it was. Well, in the end they went and did it anyway and lied on local stations in WI about Hillary having “more” padded votes than Trump, which was patently false. In fact there were three counties in WI that had extra padded votes for Trump, not Hillary. So thanks Obama…
Will Someone Please Step-Up & help fix America’s 4th Estate?
I would do it myself if I had the bank account, the connections, the training, and the ability, but sadly I don’t. What I have is an innate knowledge of truth and a deep belief that having the truth in a democracy is the key to protecting that democracy. I should also be a protected RIGHT in the U.S. to be able to turn on a newscast (at least on TV) and be able to receive that information without lies, disinformation, propaganda, spin, or opinion.
Anyone who believes in equality of all U.S. citizens, should have no problem with my idea and attempts to force recognized news media companies to conform to a standard that would stop the chaos and confusion that our enemies deploy against us. In addition to that, I would insist we amend the Constitution to include that all American political parties MUST “vet” all candidates for their ties to criminals, foreign and domestic enemies, treason, and other disqualifying criteria. Should a U.S. political party fail to “vet” their candidate and enter a disqualified candidate for office, the party in question would face steep fines, and be unable to run a candidate for office. The political parties MUST be made to pick a qualified person to represent the people.
To stop the partisan blocking, we have to face the facts that one of our parties is corrupt to the core, has successfully stolen three elections in the last 20 years. Someone as corrupt as Mitch McConnell should not only NOT be able to obstruct justice, prevent seating judges, blocking bills favorable to the people, accept millions of money from donors, but McConnell should be sued by each and every single state (that wants to) to have him removed. In the meantime, while he’s being investigated he should not be able to serve in congress.
To prevent partisan attacks based on lies and propaganda, we’ll need another mechanism to stop that nonsense, because it is not only corrupt it’s a waste of the people’s money and that should be a crime in and of itself. A clear set of rules of conduct in congress must be posted and EVERYONE in the whole country must be taught them and know them. We cannot have two sets of what is right/wrong for one party, and a different set for everybody else.
I’ve been thinking about this for decades. There is no reason to allow treasonous propagandists to lie about the reason we need these protections and derail our commitment to what we all know is right. We are all entitled to free and fair elections that are hack-proof, can’t be suppressed, where rules and maps can’t be rigged, and where one or several people of one party can change the outcome of an election. There is simply no debate. The one who presents the research and proven method, gets to do it there way. Nothing should be left to chance, to a theory, to partisan control, nor should any one group have an edge over the other. THAT is democracy and WE, the people of the United States MUST insist that protecting democracy from populists and fascists is more important than a couple of people with hurt feelings, even if they have deep pockets.
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