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Trump's Spiteful Crusade Against Media Is Traitorous

RealClearPolitics - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 08:50
Linda Stasi, NY Daily News
The most powerful person in the world might actually be crazy. For sure, he is dangerous. Worse, he's American.

Media Bares Fangs for Donald Trump

RealClearPolitics - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 08:50
Joe Fitzgerald, Boston Herald
It was a pleading so powerful, so poignant, that, decades later, it still comes to mind here whenever a media frenzy morphs into a mob mentality.Like all mobs, a media mob is inherently dangerous.When one emerges, reason and restraint go out the window, replaced by a blinding rage that cannot be assuaged by appeals for thoughtfulness and calm.Its momentum is unstoppable.

The Spies Plotting Against Trump Are Out of Control

RealClearPolitics - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 08:50
Bryan Dean Wright, FOX News
The spies who are plotting against President Trump are breaking U.S. laws.

Impeachment Drives the Left Nuts With Glee

RealClearPolitics - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 08:50
Wesley Pruden, Washington Times
Rage can lead the unwary to dangerous places, and some of our media notabilities are half-way there. E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post poses the question that bugs them most.

Holding Trump Accountable

RealClearPolitics - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 08:50
George Packer, The New Yorker
After a month in office, he has already proved himself unable to discharge his duties. But the only people with real leverage over him won't use it.

Democrat member of Federal Election Commission to make early exit: NYT

Reuters US Politics - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 08:48
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Democrat who sits on the U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) is planning to resign before her term expires amid frustrations about partisan gridlock, the New York Times reported on Sunday.

Suicide bomb in market in Somalia capital kills 18, wounds 25: official

Top Reuters News - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 08:22
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A blast from a suicide car bomb ripped through a Somali market on Sunday, killing 18 people and wounding at least 25, an official said, days before the country is due to inaugurate a new president.

First-ever London Modest Fashion week makes its mark

MiddleEasteye - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 08:20
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Modest fashion takes centre stage for first time in London this weekend

British spy chief's alleged role in abducting Libyan torture victim to be revealed

MiddleEasteye - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 07:59
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High Court will review a decision not to prosecute a former MI6 chief who helped send Gaddafi opponent and family back to Libya

Trump Uses 80-Year-Old Playbook to Discredit the Media

Who What Why - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 07:21

The agitated man accused the press of lying. He pointed out that reports claiming that the administration wanted to keep its people uninformed were incorrect and came from a “small group of intellectuals and professional naysayers.” The purpose of these false stories was to drive a wedge between the people and their leader. Furthermore, the man ranted, if one were to believe what the press wrote, it would appear that another world war was imminent. Nothing could be further from the truth, he added.

That man was German Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels and the date was February 25, 1939. World War II began just over six months later.

Somebody was clearly lying back then, but it wasn’t the “Lügenpresse” (lying press) that Goebbels was referring to. Fast forward to today and the term is being used again — this time by the alt-right, i.e., the ideological descendants of the guy Goebbels worked for.

Make no mistake, the German propaganda chief saying Lügenpresse (he was referring to US, French and British news outlets) and President Donald Trump calling the media “fake news” has the same purpose — to discredit one of the institutions that stands between them and unchecked power.

To be clear, we are not comparing the current administration to the one Goebbels worked for. The White House, however, is using a similar playbook to try to sideline the press.

It should also be noted that there is plenty to criticize the corporate media for — and we frequently do. It is very rare, however, that any journalist working for any of the reputable news outlets simply makes something up. The ones who do usually get fired, even though there are a few exceptions.

Calling outlets like CNN and The New York Times “fake news” is not just incorrect. It is also dangerous, especially when the person who does it is the president of the United States. In doing so on Thursday (as well as on previous occasions and almost daily on Twitter), Trump is undermining a free press — a cornerstone of US democracy.

That is why, even though we often disagree with what the corporate media covers or how they cover it, we at WhoWhatWhy stand with them against this unfounded attack.

Trump’s performance Thursday was clear evidence of the need for a free press, as he made several statements that ranged from outright false to gross exaggerations. The difference is that the media tries to get things right — and issues corrections or clarifications when they don’t. Trump and his team, however, double down on even the most egregious falsehoods.

This administration’s willingness to try to strong-arm the press should make reporters much more careful in how they handle information coming from the White House. Journalists have to be extra cautious in what they write. Anything that is not absolutely correct will be used by Trump to show that the “fake media” is out to get him. Therefore, reporters have to resist the urge of rushing out news in order to be first.

They should also be very aware that the administration might feed them false information to bolster its claim that the corporate media peddles fake news. We understand this is a difficult balancing act. The public has a right to know what the White House is up to. On the other hand, the media has to be wary of being deliberately misled.

Some reporters have already recognized this danger. It appears as though the White House often does not respond to requests for comment on certain stories but will cry “fake news” as soon as the information is made public.

When dealing with this administration, all journalists have to be mindful at all times that they are being viewed as the enemy and the opposition party, and that every misstep will be used to characterize them as Lügenpresse. And when that happens, we all lose.

The cartoon above was created by DonkeyHotey for WhoWhatWhy from these images: Donald Trump caricature (DonkeyHotey / Flickr – CC BY 2.0), background and front page panorama from (The White House / YouTube) and podium (Obama White House / Flickr).

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Iran is world's 'main sponsor of terrorism,' says Saudi Arabia

MiddleEasteye - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 07:06
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The comments come after Iran stepped up efforts to improve relations with Saudi allies in Gulf

A year ago, Israel, Jordan and Egypt secretly met for peace: report

Top Reuters News - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 06:22
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met secretly a year ago with the leaders of Egypt and Jordan in a failed attempt by the Obama administration to convene a wider regional summit on Israeli-Palestinian peace, Israel's Haaretz daily said on Sunday.

U.S. senators consider sanctions against Iran for missile development

Reuters US Politics - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 05:44
MUNICH (Reuters) - U.S. Republican senators plan to introduce legislation to impose further sanction on Iran, accusing it of violating U.N. Security Council resolutions by testing ballistic missiles and acting to "destabilize" the Middle East, a U.S. senator said Sunday.

Britain's exit from EU irrevocable once triggered: minister

Top Reuters News - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 05:15
LONDON (Reuters) - The process of Britain leaving the European Union is irrevocable once it has been triggered, a government minister said on Sunday.

Egypt's tourism industry begins to show signs of recovery

MiddleEasteye - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 05:12
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Egyptian tourism has tanked in the years since the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in 2011

Turkish PM, U.S. vice president discuss improving ties: sources

Reuters US Politics - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 04:54
ANKARA (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim that Washington was keen for a new start in relations between the two countries, sources in Yildirim's office said, after ties soured during the Obama administration.

Suppressing free press is 'how dictators get started': Senator McCain

Top Reuters News - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 04:45
MUNICH (Reuters) - Senator John McCain, defending the media against the latest attack by President Donald Trump, warned that suppressing the free press was "how dictators get started".

Suppressing free press is 'how dictators get started': Senator McCain

Reuters US Politics - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 04:45
MUNICH (Reuters) - Senator John McCain, defending the media against the latest attack by President Donald Trump, warned that suppressing the free press was "how dictators get started".

Four North Korean suspects fled Malaysia after airport murder: police

Top Reuters News - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 04:20
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Four North Korean suspects in the murder of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un fled Malaysia on the day he was attacked at Kuala Lumpur airport and apparently killed by a fast-acting poison, police said on Sunday.