Nov 11, 2016

David Talbot Talks Watching The News, CNN and Alternative Networks

On the bright side...we can finally unplug from know-nothing talking heads like these. Our election season addiction to these blithering idiots reportedly filled the CNN coffers with gazillions of dollars. From now on, I'm spending more time with Democracy Now and Pacifica Radio shows like Doug Henwood's "Behind the News," which today offered a must-listen hour of truly smart people on the future of progressive America under Supreme Leader Trump. The consensus: we need to open a two-front war. One to block Trump. And the other to reclaim the Democratic Party for the 99%, beginning with a progressive takeover of the DNC. Failing that, we start our own party. November 8, 2016 marked the dead end of the politics of lesser-evilism. Listen to this show:

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Roscoe Beauregard I have been promoting Pacifica, Democracy Now! and BBC NEWS ( I pay direct tv to get this source) and then there is the stream of FRANCE 24 English even thru their face page.. Many of us have shouted that the NETWORKS are owned by a limited group of investors.... I can get FRANCE 24 English thru an app called FilmonTV. there is a FACE page to this source as well... that is how I discovered France. FilmonTV.. (does not highlight)...

Chloe Louise Most of the so-called news posted by CNN about the individual in question was never really news but just trumpisms and sensational tidbits--but they played it over and over again I guess for ratings and dollars instead of the actual news. Two examples: during the Brussels airport bombing Hillary Clinton and John Kasich gave presidential remarks that were not only reassuring and honest but showed leadership. CNN must have focused on that for at least 30 seconds before plunging back into the twitter wars between donald and ted cruz about their wives that were going on at the time. Presidential historian Douglas Brinkley noted this. Recently, John Kasich went to Washington to promote TPP and talk to the senate with a crossover move in favor of President Obama. That barely got any attention--it was a shame because I thought that was important news and a pertinent issue. I wanted to hear more about it. trump took over the airwaves every day with nothingness or something disgusting and CNN fell for it hook line and sinker. trump is essentially a carnival barker, someone who is an expert and determining instantly what to say in order to get someone to fork over the cash or the vote in this case. that is his game, it worked, and now we will suffer for it. He knew the lie to tell, he knew what to say and the folks were willing to accept it. As mentioned earlier--let's see if he can reinvent the steel mills. I hope he can.

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America Elects a Bigot: Charles M Blow and The NYT on The Ronnie Re--Thanks, Charles, for helping us to consolidate our thoughts

CreditEric Thayer for The New York Times
Donald J. Trump is president-elect of the United States. Now there’s a sentence I never thought I’d write.
Against all odds and against all forms of the establishment, he prevailed. He won, legitimately, including in many states that were thought to be safely blue. The pundits and the polls were wrong. There was more pent-up hunger for change — and also racial, ethnic and economic angst — than many models considered.
Mr. Trump will become this country’s 45th president. For me, it is a truly shocking fact, a bitter pill to swallow. I remain convinced that this is one of the worst possible people who could be elected president. I remain convinced that Trump has a fundamentally flawed character and is literally dangerous for world stability and injurious to America’s standing in that world.
There is so much that I can’t fully comprehend.
It is hard to know specifically how to position yourself in a country that can elect a man with such staggering ineptitude and open animus. It makes you doubt whatever faith you had in the country itself.
Also, let me be clear: Businessman Donald Trump was a bigot. Candidate Donald Trump was a bigot. Republican nominee Donald Trump was a bigot. And I can only assume that President Donald Trump will be a bigot.
It is absolutely possible that America didn’t elect him in spite of that, but because of it. Consider that for a second. Think about what that means. This is America right now: throwing its lot in with a man who named an alt-right sympathizer as his campaign chief.
A Trump supporter at a rally in New Orleans in March. CreditEdmund D. Fountain for The New York Times
How can I make sense of the fact that the president appeared in pornos?
How can I make sense of the fact that the man who will appoint the next attorney general has himself boasted of assaulting women? What will this president’s vaunted “law and order” program for “inner cities” look like in an age where minority communities are already leery of police aggression?
How do I make sense of the fact that a man who attacked a federal judge for his “Mexican heritage” will be the man who will nominate the next Supreme Court justice and scores of federal judges?
I can’t make it make sense because it doesn’t. I must sit with the absurdity of it.
I must settle this in myself in this way: I respect the presidency; I do not respect this president-elect. I cannot. Count me among the resistance.
I hope that there are areas where people in Washington can agree to actually advance America’s interests, but I’m doubtful. Trump has made multiple campaign promises, promises he will be obliged to keep, that would specifically do harm.
My thoughts are now with the immigrant families he has threatened to deport and the Muslims he has threatened to bar and the women he has demeaned and those he is accused of assaulting and the disabled whom he apparently has no problem mocking.
My thoughts are with the poor people afflicted by ill health who were finally able to receive medical insurance coverage, sometimes lifesaving coverage, and the fear they must feel now that there is a president committed to repealing and replacing it (with what, I don’t know), and who has a pliable Congress at his disposal.
When I think of all these people and then think of all the people who voted to make this man president — and those who didn’t vote, thereby easing the way for his ascension — I cannot help but feel some measure of anger. I must deal with that anger. I don’t want to wrestle it to the ground; I want to harness it.
I have spent much of my life and definitely much of my time writing this column championing the causes of vulnerable populations. That work only becomes more important now. Trump represents a clear and very present danger, and it is in the face of that danger that courage and truth are made more necessary and more perfect.
I strongly support and defend the peaceful transfer of power in this country and applaud the current administration for doing what is right and normal in America, what every prior departing administration has done: to make sure the transfer of power is as smooth as possible.
We need a Trump presidency to succeed to some degree — at least to have it do as little harm to the republic as possible — in order for America to remain safe, steady and strong during his tenure.
That doesn’t mean that I don’t believe Trump to be an abomination, but rather that I honor one of the hallmarks of our democracy and that I am an American interested in protecting America.
That said, it is impossible for me to fall in line behind an unrepentant bigot. It will be impossible for me to view this man participating in the pageantry and protocols of the presidency and not be reminded of how he is a demonstrated demagogue who is also a sexist, a racist, a xenophobe and a bully.
That is not a person worthy of applause. That is a person who must be placed under unrelenting pressure. Power must be challenged, constantly. That begins today.

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