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Trump, Corporate Media Are Both Enemies of the People


CNN's Erin Burnett reports about the Trump presidency during a June 6 broadcast. (CNN)

The mainstream media should be taken to task, but not for the same reasons the president uses in his attacks on the press.

Paul Street, Truthdig

Aug 23, 2018 | CNN’s liberal and anti-Trump talk show host Erin Burnett was in crisis mode last week. She was rolling her eyes, anxious for the fate of the republic. The cause of her angst? A Gallup poll showing that 57 percent of the nation’s Democrats now respond more favorably to the word “socialism” than they do to “capitalism”—this compared with 47 percent of Democrats who prefer “capitalism” over “socialism.”

Burnett interviewed Jen Psaki, a Democratic commentator and former communications director in the Obama administration, and a gloating Republican political commentator named Scott Jennings. She and her two guests agreed that this dreadful socialism business augured certain defeat for the Democrats in 2018 and 2020.

Paul Street, Truthdig Contributor, holds a doctorate in U.S. history from Binghamton University. He is former vice president for research and planning of the Chicago Urban League. Street is also the author of numerous books
, , including “Racial Oppression in the Global Metropolis” (2007), “The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power” (2010), and “They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy” (2014), and a regular contributor to Counterpunch, Z Magazine/ZNet, Black Agenda Report and teleSUR English. He has taught American history at several Chicago-area colleges and universities.

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Mainstream media’s moral cowardice: Time for the (NY) Times (and everyone else) to stand against evil. Chauncey DeVega <>, Salon

Lunch counter sit in protest, 1960; Anti Trump protest, 2018 (AP/Mark Lennihan)

  • In covering Trump, media too often defaults to lazy what-aboutism. History tells us cowardice will be punished.
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