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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Republican Racism Didn’t Start With Trump

Reprinted with permission from Uexpress. 

 

Former President George H.W. Bush was sent off with the pomp and ceremony befitting his many years of public service to his country. He deserved the accolades. Throughout his years in office, he was usually a model of decency, intelligence, prudence and compassion. Yes, it’s true that we notice those traits all the more in their breach, but Bush’s presidency would have been remembered for his civility even without any comparison to President Donald J. Trump.

Still, there are blemishes on Bush’s record. One in particular — the infamous Willie Horton campaign ad — brings Trump to mind.…

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Hedge Fund Sharks Threaten To Devour Free Press

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

A two-panel cartoon I recently saw showed a character with a sign saying: “First they came for the reporters.” In the next panel, his sign says: “We don’t know what happened after that.”

It was, of course, a retort to Donald Trump’s campaign to demonize the news media as “the enemy of the people.” But when it comes to America’s once-proud newspapers, their worst enemy isn’t Trump — nor is it the rising cost of newsprint or the “free” digital news on websites.

Rather, the demise of the real news reporting by our city and regional papers is a product of their profiteering owners.…

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Sanders Blusters After Court Restores Acosta’s White House Pass

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

CNN thoroughly and fittingly embarrassed the White House Friday when a federal judge ruled that it must return reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass after it was summarily taken away last week following a combative press conference with President Donald Trump.

Acosta had pressed Trump about his lies about Central American immigrants, prompting the president to become angry and to try to move on to another reporter. When Acosta refused to pass the microphone on, a White House intern tried to grab it out of his hands. The White House later revoked Acosta’s press pass, and Press Secretary Sarah Sanders claimed he had “placed his hands” on the young woman, sharing distorted video in an attempt to bolster this claim.…

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