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Posted 7/16/21

I used the spelling “Noble” above, as that’s what Trump apparently thought of the late Mr. Nobel when he still had Twitter privileges. The Herald used for illustration here is …

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I used the spelling “Noble” above, as that’s what Trump apparently thought of the late Mr. Nobel when he still had Twitter privileges. The Herald used for illustration here is highlighted by the story of the Orlando night club shooting of June 13, 2013 when 49 were killed and 53 were wounded. It is used here as a sample of the mainstream media seldom seen by most, periodically quoted by the intelligentsia and off-handedly dismissed vaguely as part of the “MSM” by those who are unsure about the use of “medium” or “media” and whether “mainstream" is one word or two (or should be hyphenated).

The Miami Herald is a daily newspaper headquartered in Doral, Florida, a city in western Miami-Dade County and the Miami metropolitan area. Founded in 1903, it is the fifth largest newspaper in Florida, serving Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe Counties. It once circulated throughout all of Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. At last report, the newspaper employed more than 800 people in Miami and across several bureaus, including Bogotá, Managua, Tallahassee, Vero Beach, Key West, another shared space in McClatchy's Washington bureau. Its newsroom staff of about 450 has included well-known Pulitzer Prize-winning political commentator Leonard Pitts Jr., Pulitzer-winning reporter Mirta Ojito, and humorist Dave Barry among others.

I have occasional postcards from Barry during our younger years and still read Pitts regularly on line or via the Seattle Times. Pitts, 63, is a commentator, journalist, novelist and syndicated columnist who has been associated with the Herald for some 40 years. He has won awards for his writing from the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Society of Newspaper Editors, and the National Association of Black Journalists, and he was first nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1993, eventually claiming the honor in 2004.

Pitts writes a great deal about racial inequality, and those spouting out foolishly about such things as the Critical Race Theory would do well to read him once in a while. He does know what he’s talking about.

About a week after I had spoofed the straw-grasping by dim-witted Republicans of CRT, Pitts had a column in the Seattle Times (July 11) headlined “How did critical race theory become sudden four-alarm fire?” As he said, “I have forgotten more about race than most people have ever known.” And as I said, “He knows what he’s talking about.” Look him up on the Internet.

Can you imagine Donald Trump being awarded a world-wide Nobel Peace Prize? Or his Twitter comments qualifying as “real news?” Do you actually read much at all? Or is your level of intelligence titillated basically by the endless repetition of meaningless slogans and two-syllable words bellowed at a self-oriented crowd? Likely as not a “red state” crowd gathered where masks have never been required, despite pandemic reality?

U.S. deaths alone from COVID-19 now have exceeded 600,000.

On Trump: “He is deranged . . . The guy can’t get from the beginning of the sentence to the end of a sentence. Everybody knows there was no election fraud, except Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani. It’s like they’re on some other planet.”—author Michael Wolff

“Trump Admits He Calls Polls ‘Fake’ When They Don’t Favor Him.” Former president Donald Trump copped on Sunday to his long-held strategy for polling and headlines: “If it’s bad, I just say it’s fake! . . . You know they do that straw poll, right? If it’s bad, I just say it’s fake. If it’s good, I say, ‘That’s the most accurate poll, perhaps, ever,'” he told the audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

They cheered. (See brief story in “The Wrap” July 12 by Lindsey Ellefson.)

“Fake” has long been Trump’s go-to description of news outlets, headlines and polling he doesn’t like. Recent statements from the one-term president — sent by email since he has been banned from the major social media networks for half a year, for which he is now suing Twitter, Facebook and Google — include references to “the fake Russia Russia Russia hoax,” a “fake interview” on CNN and “the fake news media.”

During Sunday’s CPAC speech, Trump also touched on “caravans” of immigrants, warning his fans to “get ready” for their arrival in America, and referred again to the 2020 election, saying he “won anyway.” He lost to President Joe Biden and dozens of cases brought to court contesting the results have been dismissed.

The Wrap is an American online news website covering the business of entertainment and media via digital, print and live events — founded by journalist Sharon Waxman in
2009.

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Justin Hale

I guess when you can't sing praises for the current POTUS you just revert to dumping on Trump, not surprised.

Newsflash to Tom, Trump isn't the POTUS anymore.

Friday, July 16
Tom Camfield

You’re really reaching a long way to say nothing Justin. I notice that, as usual, you didn’t find a particular issue in a rather extended blog with which to take issue.

Meanwhile, it’s not how great Biden’s done in only 100 days that should hold our entire attention right now. We really should be considering the mess Trump made of things as faux president (courtesy of the Electoral College) and how he is plotting to return us to a similar Trump-serving situation via the 2022 Congressional election and the 2024 general election.

It’s actually fascinating to me how much Biden has accomplished in such areas as renewable energy, global warming, international affairs, etc. while also dealing with the endless other social wounds inflicted by Trump.

Saturday, July 17
Justin Hale

" I notice that, as usual, you didn’t find a particular issue in a rather extended blog with which to take issue.".....

OK, I'll take the bait..... What the hel does the Orlando shooting have to do with the X president thinking he deserves a Nobel prize? Maybe he figured that if Obama, with less than one year in office, could get one for no obvious reason then maybe he could also get one?

I did read Pitts's opinion piece, where he addresses the issue of CRT. He states the CRT tenet that race is a social construct, not a scientific one, then he goes on to use terms like "the white right" and "they fear nothing quite so much as the loss of whiteness and its privileges".....Nah, that's not racist.

" Biden has accomplished in such areas as renewable energy, global warming, international affairs, etc.".....Such as?

I can't speak for you Tom but my costs for Fuel, lumber, and groceries have gone up since Biden took office.

International/Border affairs? ..... Biden plans to give 4B of our tax dollars to Central American countries to "fix" the problem. If history is any indicator you and I both know that a good portion of our dollars will end up in corrupt official's pockets. Also, it just sends the message that America is where the $$$ is, C'mon up.

Sunday, July 18
Tom Camfield

Some actual comment by Pitts on Critical Race Theory:

“So how did it become this sudden four-alarm fire in the house of democracy? The answer is depressingly simple. It is this year’s war on Christmas. It’s sharia law, gay wedding cake, New black Panthers. Which is to say, it is this year’s spur by which the white right, more easily stampeded than a herd of cattle by a lightning strike, is prodded to feel resentful, frightened and besieged—snd vote accordingly.

“There are no words—nice ones. anyway—for the cynicism of those who employ these crude manipulations. Or for the gullibility and stupidity of those who let them get away with it . . . What other words are appropriate to people who, as the planet burns, as the pandemic decimates, as the rich get richer and the random bullets fly, think their children’s greatest threat arises from an obscure academic doctrine?”

Monday, July 19
Marge Samuelson

Justin, you seem to think that because Trump is not in office anymore he is no longer a threat. I disagree (no surprise) every time he repeats the "Big Lie," praises the insurrectionists, a whole bunch of people jump for joy. If we don't learn from history we are bound to repeat it. Personally I have learned to never think someone like trump will go out quietly.

Monday, July 19
Justin Hale

I do not want my children and their children being taught that race is a "social construct", it isn't, and I sure as hel don't want my tax dollars being used to teach such nonsense.

Does racism as a social construct exist?, sure it does, as Pitts exhibits, "the white right, more easily stampeded than a herd of cattle by a lightning strike, is prodded to feel resentful, frightened and besieged—snd vote accordingly".

Monday, July 19
Justin Hale

M.S, I never thought that Trump was a threat, I agree with the majority of voters who agree that the Media are the enemy of the people. (https://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/media/58_of_voters_agree_media_are_enemy_of_the_people)

"insurrectionists" C'mon man, get real. Name one person who entered the Capitol who has been charged with insurrection. That right there is an example of why the majority of American voters don't trust the media, the media says it and you take it for the truth. "we choose truth over facts" Joe Biden.

How about you tell us about the job Biden is doing. The border is a mess, inflation has hit all of U.S., at the gas station, grocery store, and hardware store. Joe wants to send Billions to Central America to "fix" the migration problem, which we all know will end up in the pockets of corrupt politicians. Joe got U.S. back into the Paris Accords which obligates U.S. to send Billions to "developing Nations" such as China. But yeah, let's worry about Trump.

Monday, July 19
Tom Camfield

“Insurrection: a violent uprising against an authority or government.”

July 20—New York Times via The Seattle Times (p. A3): Headline: “Trump flag bearer at U.S. Capitol riot gets prison term.” The story begins: “the first person to have pleaded guilty to storming the Capitol on Jan. 6 with the intention of stopping the certification of the Electoral College vote was sentenced Monday to eight months in prison in what could serve as an indicator of scores of similar cases. The defendant, Paul A. Hodgkins, pleaded guilty last month to a single felony count—obstruction of an official proceeding before Congress . . .”

I imagine detail is contained in media all over the Internet

Tuesday, July 20
Justin Hale

18 U.S. Code § 2383 - Rebellion or insurrection.

Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

(https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2383)

Here is a list of those charged for their actions at the Capitol on Jan.6

https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/capitol-breach-cases

I could not find any charges for "insurrection".

The point I was making is that just because some in the media calling it "insurrection" doesn't make it so. Some of the silly hyperbolic terms used by some in the media to describe what happened that day were just that, silly hyperbole, meant to inflame not inform. Sort of like that stupid mayor in Seattle calling what was going on during the riots, and killings a "Summer of Love".

Tuesday, July 20
Tom Camfield

According to the latest news story, the obstruction count Hodgkins was charged with “is a felony and allowed prosecutors to ask for prison time but not use the more politically inflammatory crimes of sedition or insurrection.” Hodgkins’s sentence was less than half of the 18 months for which government prosecutors had asked.

Tuesday, July 20
Marge Samuelson

Trump was never a threat? that's bull! Blame the media for Trump, he used the media like a violin, play my sweet message, the people are listening. The music was "Hate" and he is still playing it.

Tuesday, July 20
Justin Hale

Tom, the prosecutors did not charge anyone with "insurrection" because the acts committed did not meet the criterion of "insurrection". The penalty for insurrection is much more severe, a possible fine, up to ten years in prison, and banned from holding any office under the United States.

The point is that some of the media make false claims/lies and some people just accept it as fact, thus the low opinion of the media as reflected by that Rasmussen poll.

Tuesday, July 20
Justin Hale

Yes Marge, Trump played the media, and the media played you.

Tuesday, July 20
Marge Samuelson

And Trump is still playing you!

Wednesday, July 21
Tom Camfield

And the jury's still out on Rasmussen. "The accuracy of Rasmussen's polling has varied considerably in recent U.S. presidential elections (2000–2016). Some poll watchers, including Patrick Caddell, have lauded Rasmussen Reports, while others, such as Chris Cillizza, have questioned its accuracy. FiveThirtyEight gave the firm a "C+" rating, reporting it had a 3.9-point bias in favor of Republican candidates in the 2010 midterm election."—Wikipedia

Wednesday, July 21
Justin Hale

Well, Marge, which one of us is parroting the media's false claim that what happened at the Capitol 1/6/21 was an "insurrection"?

Wednesday, July 21
Marge Samuelson

I and millions of others watched the coverage of the attack, and they were insurrectionists (Definitions of insurrectionist. a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority ). Some will go to jail, others will not. Trump is the one who should be in jail.

Wednesday, July 21
Justin Hale

You and the media can call it whatever you like, those charged with finding the facts and prosecuting the case disagree with you.

I also recall the media telling US that a Capitol Hill policeman Brian Sicknick was killed by someone in the mob throwing a fire extinguisher at him, the fact is he died from two strokes the day after the riot at the Capitol.

Trump should be in jail for what? because you hate him? You've said this before and you've yet to present any factual evidence that would warrant jail time.

Thursday, July 22
Tom Camfield

Meanwhile, now that we've about beaten this bit to death, how about this comment from my next blog, which appears to be going unchallenged?

“McCarthy, who experienced an initial spasm of patriotism and honesty in January when he admitted that the failed Republican nominee ‘bears responsibility’ for the attack, quickly reverted to form. He voted against impeachment and supported the ouster of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from her leadership position in the Republican Party because she had the temerity to insist her party stop lying about the election results and hold the instigator in chief responsible for his assault on democracy. McCarthy subsequently opposed a Jan. 6 bipartisan commission, and he refuses to take action against those in his party who lie about the severity and purpose of the attempted coup."

Friday, July 23
Justin Hale

Just another load of partisan crapola,,,,Yawn!

Friday, July 23
Justin Hale

Dang-it, I keep forgetting that you and Marge are the party that chooses your personal truths over facts.

Saturday, July 24