We can all understand the dilemma mainstream media outlets face. Does the very act of just reporting on Trump’s latest bizarre tweet or action normalize it to some degree? Should Trump simply be ignored at times? The answer is yes to both questions. But the real answer to righteously covering the immoral Trump is to discard the old “both sides” rhetorical format used by journalists and state the truth unequivocally.
Zuckerberg stressed so many times that the Facebook mission was to “bring the world closer together,” or some version of that, that it became, for me at least, an Orwellian-like slogan with fascist overtones. I realize the word fascism, under the Trump presidency, is getting used a lot these days, but Zuckerberg’s constant repetition of the refrain gave it an eerie Big-Brother quality and his refusal to simply concede openly that Facebook exists to make money made it The Big Lie. What’s Zuckerberg and Facebook going to do with the world once it’s all brought together under one platform? The idea that money is somehow secondary to the mission of Facebook is ludicrous, just another corporate deflection. For the record, Facebook deploys personal data to micro-target its users for advertising that generates billions of dollars of year in revenues. That is why it exists.
It’s not going to get better any time soon and, yes, this is how democracies die, and, no, special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation will not save us from ourselves and, make no mistake, all of us created this current appalling moment in our country’s history.
Poor Russian President Vladimir Putin. All this talk here among the nation’s top legal authorities about how he influenced our country’s 2016 presidential election has insulted the Russian leader.
The big news over the weekend was the information revealed by the so-called Paradise Papers that connected so many Donald Trump associates to Russia business interests that it seems certain at this point that Trump and his campaign surrogates directly and unequivocally colluded with that hostile nation to sway the U.S. presidential election in 2016.