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The Threat to Our Country and the World That Is Donald Trump

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  • The main media story was whether the candidate could win, not what the candidate stood for. And that's why we're back at the prom.
  • Democrats can take nothing for granted in November. It’s dangerous to assume swing voters will dismiss Trump on account of his crudity. His populist rhetoric will resonate in this climate. He may be a billionaire trust funder, but Trump’s braggadocio routine has a strange allure for Blue Collar Americans.  If nothing else it feeds the imptression that he's an independent deal maker who can get things done in Washington. 
  • Part 1: Press, politics and popularity: Report shows how the media — yet again — botched the election
  • Part 2: Donald Trump is a legitimate threat: Democrats must stop being in denial about the billionaire’s popularity.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest.

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Part 1: Press, politics and popularity: Report shows how the media — yet again — botched the election

A new Harvard study shows how media coverage rigged the system and turned the election into a popularity contest.

Sophia McClennen, Salon

 

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016 | The challenges to keeping politics focused on facts rather than superficialities has a long history, but it would be fair to say that our current election has favored gossip over substance in wholly new ways.

As we contemplate a November ballot with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as headliners, it’s hard to shake the feeling that they are more like prom king and queen than real candidates.  If you had the sensation that these two were like high schoolers who were “fake” but still weirdly popular, here's new proof to explain why.

Sophia McClennen is Professor of International Affairs and Comparative Literature at the Pennsylvania State University. She writes on the intersections between culture, politics, and society. Her latest book, co-authored with Remy M. Maisel, is, Is Satire Saving Our Nation? Mockery and American Pol

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Part 2: Donald Trump is a legitimate threat: Democrats must stop being in denial about the billionaire’s popularity

While a Trump win in November is unlikely, focus groups show Democrats better take him more seriously — and now.

Sean Illing, Salon

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Thursday, May 12, 2016 | Serious people agree that Donald Trump isn’t fit for the presidency. The reasons are so obvious that they scarcely need elaborating. But it’s a mistake to think he can’t win in November. However disturbing, Trump is more popular than we’d like to believe.

A recent NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll, for instance, had Trump reaching 50 percent approval for the first time since the poll began tracking last December. And the exit polls from Trump’s string of primary victories two weeks ago show that there are plenty of xenophobic white people who support his odious positions on immigration and terrorism. His proposed ban of Muslims, to take one example, was astonishingly popular in states as diverse as New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Sean Illing is a USAF veteran who previously taught philosophy and politics at Loyola and LSU. He is currently a staff writer for Salon

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Cable TV Subscribers Still Unhappy, New Consumer Reports Survey Shows

  • Fiber, smaller companies, and municipal broadband did best in our latest telecom Ratings.
  • The new telecom Ratings were based on a recent survey of more than 172,000 subscribers reporting on their experience with home internet, pay TV, and telephone service.
  • Related: Tell the FCC: Lower Our Cable Bills

James K. Willcox, Consumer Reports

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June 15, 2016 | Along with death, taxes, and an ever-growing assortment of Bravo reality shows, disenchantment with your cable TV service seems to be among life's certainties. As in previous years, Consumer Reports' new telecom service Ratings (available to subscribers), showed broad dissatisfaction among customers with cable TV and internet plans. The providers earned, on average, low scores for value and overall satisfaction.

But there were two bright spots, a municipal broadband service run as a public utility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and a fiber service run by Google in a handful of markets across the country. These innovative options both outpaced the conventional telecommunications companies when it came to value and customer satisfaction.

James K. Willcox: I've been a tech journalist for more years than I'm willing to admit. My specialties at CR are TVs, streaming media, audio, and TV and broadband services. 

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Tell the FCC: Lower Our Cable Bills, FreePress.net

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  • The FCC is considering a proposal that would lower your monthly cable bill and expand the range of programming you can watch or stream at home or on-the-go. And it does all that by addressing that little box your cable company forces you to rent every month.1
  • Tell the FCC: Lower our cable bills and allow us to see more diversity on TV
  • Related: Guide to Understanding Your Cable Bill

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Tell the FCC: Lower Our Cable Bills

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  • The FCC is considering a proposal that would lower your monthly cable bill and expand the range of programming you can watch or stream at home or on-the-go. And it does all that by addressing that little box your cable company forces you to rent every month.
  • Tell the FCC: Lower our cable bills and allow us to see more diversity on TV
  • Related: Guide to Understanding Your Cable Bill

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Companies like Comcast and the newly merged Charter-Time Warner Cable have way too much power. With near-monopoly control these companies have a lock on what we see — and don’t see — on our TV screens and charge increasingly high prices for cable and Internet access.

But now you have a chance to fight back. The FCC is considering a proposal that would lower your monthly cable bill and expand the range of programming you can watch or stream at home or on-the-go. And it does all that by addressing that little box your cable company forces you to rent every month.

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Guide to Understanding Your Cable Bill, Kate Cox , Consumerist.org

  • Why are loyal long-time cable customers the ones paying more?
  • Have you checked out your monthly bill lately?

The Press Meets the Drumpf

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  • I still believe the pen is mightier than the sword. And in these conflicted and troubled times, we should reward the bravery of the men and women not afraid to ask the hard questions of everyone in power. Our nation’s future depends on it.
  • Media critics and observers have warned against normalizing Trump’s statements and opinions, particularly his racism and sexism. Earlier this month, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne wrote a piece titled, “Please Don’t Mainstream Trump,” urging politicians and the media to avoid “strong temptations to go along” with Trump.
  • Part 1: Legendary News Anchor Dan Rather Tears Trump's Head Off and Shits Truth Down His Neck 
  • Part 2: Edward R. Murrow ‘Would Have Skewered’ Donald Trump, Media Critic Says

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Legendary News Anchor Dan Rather Tears Trump's Head Off and Shits Truth Down His Neck 

I still believe the pen is mightier than the sword. And in these conflicted and troubled times, we should reward the bravery of the men and women not afraid to ask the hard questions of everyone in power. Our nation’s future depends on it.

Charles Topher, Winning Democrats

http://winningdemocrats.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/rather.jpg02 Jun 2016 | Nobody knows better than Dan Rather the kind of crushing blow a politician can have to a journalist’s career. In 2004, Rather ran with a story on the CBS Nightly News about George W. Bush going AWOL from his air national guard unit. The Bush administration pushed back, showing that the methods CBS used to obtain the documents that proved their story may not have been quite up to “journalistic standards.” Rather has admitted that they made mistakes at CBS investigating the story, but maintains that the story itself was composed of rock-solid facts that nobody has ever disputed.

It made no difference. Rather fought the establishment and is ultimately cost him his job. Another casualty of the Bush Administration. That level of commitment is what Rather would like to see from today’s journalists, particularly those covering Donald Trump. In a Facebook post that does a fine job of slamming Trump, Rather reminds those following in his footsteps of the lessons he learned from legends like Hugh Cunningham and Edward R. Murrow.

Charles Topher is a lifetime lefty liberal from Lowell, MA, who has managed to migrate (legally) to the backwoods of Maine. He writes from a 1 acre progressive bubble where Nobama stickers on pickemup truck bumpers are common.

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Part 2: Edward R. Murrow ‘Would Have Skewered’ Donald Trump, Media Critic Says

Media outlets have faced criticism for not being tough on Trump.

Marina Fang, Huffington Post

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05/22/2016 | As news organizations face criticism for not challenging Donald Trump’s policy positions and offensive statements, the director of the Edward R. Murrow Center at Tufts University argued that the legendary CBS news anchor would have given the presumptive GOP presidential nominee highly critical coverage.

“He would have skewered him,” Edward Schumacher-Matos, a former journalist and media critic, told Huffington Post Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington.

Marina Fang, Associate Politics Editor, Huffington Post 

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In Nine Democratic Debates, Not a Single Question About Poverty

  • While vague notions of “inequality” or “economic anxiety” were touched on occasionally, the issue of poverty and its effects remained entirely absent. No specific questions about poverty, its causes or possible federal solutions were asked by any of the moderators in any of the nine debates. If any of the candidates had a plan to ameliorate the plight of the poor, the moderators weren’t interested in hearing about it.
  • Related: Trump Isn't the Campaign Media's First Mistake

Adam Johnson, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) 

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Over 45 million Americans live in poverty—but you wouldn’t think potential leaders of the country are expected to know or care anything about this, listening to the questions asked by the elite journalists who moderated the Democratic debates this primary season.

A FAIR analysis of all nine democratic debates over the past seven months shows that not one question was asked about poverty. By contrast, 30 questions were asked about ISIS or terrorism (almost half of them concentrated in the December 19 debate, which took place days after the San Bernardino shootings) and 11 questions were asked Russia. Ten questions were asked about socialism or communism, all of which were directed at Bernie Sanders.

Adam Johnson is a contributing analyst for FAIR.org.

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Trump Isn't the Campaign Media's First Mistake, Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

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  • We've been getting this story wrong for ages, and Trump is the consequence.
  • Related: Amy Goodman on How the Media Is Ruining the 2016 Election by Focusing on ‘Trump-Land’

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Trump Isn't the Campaign Media's First Mistake

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  • We've been getting this story wrong for ages, and Trump is the consequence.
  • Related: Amy Goodman on How the Media Is Ruining the 2016 Election by Focusing on ‘Trump-Land’

Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

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May 19, 2016 | At FiveThirtyEight this week, statistics guru Nate Silver wrote a major apologia about his 2016 predictions called "How I acted like a pundit and screwed up on Donald Trump." Its ostensible purpose was to explain a string of apparent 

Inadvertently, though, it explained a lot about what we campaign journalists in general have done wrong to pave the way for the seeming outlier of a Trump nomination.

Matt Taibbi is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone <http://www.rollingstone.com>. He’s the author of five books and a winner of the National Magazine Award for commentary.

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Amy Goodman on How the Media Is Ruining the 2016 Election by Focusing on ‘Trump-Land’  Truthdig

  • “We need a media that covers power, not covers for power,” Goodman  says, noting the imbalance in election coverage among the candidates in this year’s presidential race.
  • Related: The media’s indefensible Trump cowardice: How CNN & NPR shirked their obligation to the truth

 

Ronan Farrow Pens Op-Ed Slamming Woody Allen, Media

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"There is more work to do to build a culture where women like my sister are no longer treated as if they are invisible," filmmaker's estranged son writes.

Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone

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May 11, 2016 | Ronan Farrow, the estranged son of Woody Allen, has penned an op-ed slamming both his filmmaker father as well as the media for not devoting as much press to the director's alleged sexual abuse as they do to his new films. Farrow's critical piece arrives on the same day that his father's new film Cafe Society opens the Cannes Film Festival.

Farrow's op-ed was published in The Hollywood Reporter, which last week featured a glowing cover story on his father and the director's new film. In that piece, the allegations of sexual abuse levied on Allen by his daughter Dylan Farrow were never broached in the interview and limited to a parenthetical aside within the story itself.

Daniel Kreps, Contributor, Rolling Stone

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