On Tuesday, Stephen Colbert used his opening monologue on The Late Show to poke fun at paranoia reportedly gripping The Trump White House. “Paranoia has seized the Trump White House,” said Colbert. “I’m surprised. I thought Russia was going to seize it.” Colbert cited a Politico article which suggested staffers were so frightened they were being spied on by a deep state, that some had taken to storing their work phones in drawers after office hours. “This paranoia is just the frustration every new administration has with Washington D.C. It happens every time. You went to Washington, you went to work for Trump because you wanted to tear down the government. Now you have to deal with it. Now you are the government,” suggested the comedian. Colbert then used an analogy to try and explain what was going on. “It’s like a dog who spent his whole life Continue reading "Colbert: Trump Administration Like ‘A Dog Who Spent His Whole Life Chasing a Car’"
In a time of Trump, how should journalists serve the public? Should they join the protests? Become a partisan, opposition press? Or stick to neutrally reporting the facts? In this three-part series, media ethicist Stephen J. A. Ward, author of “Radical Media Ethics,” rejects these options. A proper response requires a radical rethink of journalism ethics. He urges journalists to practice democratically engaged journalism, which views journalists as social advocates of a special kind. They follow a method of objective engagement which Ward calls pragmatic objectivity. Journalists of this ilk are neither partisans nor neutral reporters of fact. In the first article in the series, Ward defines democratically engaged journalism. In this, the second article, he explains and applies pragmatic objectivity. In the final article, Ward will show how democratically engaged journalism opposes Trump’s tribalism of Us versus Them. In the first article in this series,
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The Wall Street Journal has an editorial out tonight with serious criticisms of President Trump for his “seemingly endless stream of exaggerations, evidence-free accusations, implausible denials and other falsehoods.” The crux of the editorial concerns the president’s wiretapping claim that has been refuted by a number of intelligence officials and the heads of the House and Senate Intel Committees. Yet, in the words of the Journal, Trump “clings to his assertion like a drunk to an empty gin bottle.” And that’s only the tip of the iceberg, because the editorial calls Trump “his own worst political enemy” and says his falsehoods and credibility issues will continue to hurt him:
If President Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him? Would the rest of the world? We’re not sure, which speaks to the damage that Mr. Continue reading "WSJ Editorial: Trump Has a Credibility Problem, Most Americans ‘May Conclude He’s a Fake President’"
“There’s a lot of Democrats who are putting a lot of faith that there is some fire there, that there was some sort of collusion. If it turns out that there wasn’t, how damaging is it for Democrats?”Pelosi said it’s not damaging at Continue reading "Anderson Cooper to Pelosi: ‘How Damaging It Is for Democrats’ If There Was No Russia Collusion?"