The headlines throughout the first brought shock, amazement, outrage, disappointment, fear. They incited resistance by some followed by affirmative action by others who had more power and resources. The defenders of the Reich (oh, I mean regime) did their best to make excuses for the unacceptable or disparage representations of what was blatantly put before a world audience by the model. But the slow progress to our journey into darkness continues.
What are we being told when traditional journalists who broadcast their researched editorial opinions that are negative toward the President find themselves removed from their positions?
Fortunately, the phrase “fake news” is now considered a punch line for satirical monologues and comedy acts. But it appears the new McCarthy Era is going through birthing pains to resume its place in our society.
This morning’s reportage of the schoolyard taunts between the leader of the U.S. and the leader of North Korea about whose button is bigger again makes us wonder how far in the future is the reality of nuclear war because two narcissists want to implicitly compare their genitals via amount of power they have.
The smoke issued from the White House in the form of threats this year (and a type of bombastic display) are numerous. Merely attempting to locate the link regarding the firing of a CBS news anchor revealed this list of related searches:
- colbert on trump
- trump threatens media
- trump threatens venezuela
- trump threatens paul ryan
- donald trump threatens pope
- colbert late show trump
- trump threatens nuclear war
- trump threatens north korea
There may be some specter of hope for positive change on the horizon. In the process of confirming which administration is currently in charge of our country, some interesting headlines tumbled into my search results, headlines that urge reflection and consideration. What those headlines suggest is altogether more positive than the negative emotions created in the past. They imply that the time for accountability has arrived. They suggest the time for more assertiveness by the republic has arrived. (Think, “When in the course of events . . .”)
Those research headlines said:
- Opinion: Trump is right when he says ‘there’s never been anything like it before’, Caroline Baum, Market Watch (Dec 27, 2017)
And the 19.6% annual gain on the Wilshire 5000 was the 16th…credit? How an economy performs in the first year of a president’s term is generally a continuation of what came before.
- Trump’s progress report: his impact so far and what to watch for next year, David Smith, The Guardian (December 29, 2017)
Donald Trump, billionaire businessman and reality TV celebrity, rises at the crack of dawn, compulsively watches cable news, impulsively rattles off thoughts on … and arming for new …
- Death of the American Trucker, Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone (January 2, 2018)
When Donald Trump sidles up to a semi truck, he’s usually selling policy only a plutocrat could love. Campaigning to repeal the Affordable Care Act in March, Trump pinned an iTrucks …
There are probably a lot more that are similar; these were sufficient.
- Trump: My nuclear button is ‘much bigger’ than Kim Jong Un’s, William Cummings, USA TODAY (Jan. 2, 2018)
- Trump to Kim Jong Un: My nuke button is bigger than yours, The Journal Times (Jan 3, 2018)
- Donald Trump’s nuclear button is way bigger than yours, Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large, CNN Politics (January 3, 2018)
- Scott Pelley Fired as Anchor of ‘CBS Evening News’, Paul | Commentator, The Political Insider (May 31, 2017)
- Scott Pelley Said to Be Leaving Post as ‘CBS Evening News’ Anchor, John Koblin and Jim Rutenberg, The New York Times (May 30, 2017)
- Colbert on Trump’s New North Korea Talk: ‘Oh My God… He Just Threatened To Be Their President’, Ross A. Lincoln, The Wrap (August 11, 2017)
- Trump turns on Bannon: ‘He lost his mind’, Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News (January 3, 2018)