30 thoughts on “Keys to Freedom

  1. Nattering Nabob of Negativism says:

    The Los Angeles Times is protesting a federal judge’s order to remove information from an article the newspaper published on Saturday morning, according to the LA Times. http://thehill.com/media/397117-la-times-protests-judges-order-to-change-article
    U.S. District Judge John F. Walter on Saturday ordered the Times to delete certain details from an article about a Glendale police detective accused of working with the Mexican mafia.
    The Times said they will contest this order, calling it an unusual violation of the First Amendment.

  2. Puzzling Evidence™ says:

    In the notes for Trump’s prepared remarks to the enemies of the people ahead of a Cabinet meeting this afternoon concerning his supposed ‘slip of the tongue’ Monday in Helsinki reporters noticed that a line in his talking points about bringing election hackers to justice had been stricken through and the phrase “THERE WAS NO COLLUSION” scrawled with a black marker in Trumps distinctive handwriting. https://www.spin.com/2018/07/trump-russia-notes-no-collusion/ https://www.spin.com/2018/07/trump-russia-notes-no-collusion/

    • Loopty Lou says:

      “I accept our intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election took place,” Trump said at the White House, appearing to read from prepared remarks. But then, he suggested that it “could be other people also. A lot of people out there.”
      No other nations have been identified as potential meddlers by U.S. intelligence officials or congressional probes into the interference.

      • Stay tuned says:

        (July 18 at 1:35 PM) President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Russia is no longer targeting the United States with cyber attacks, a conclusion that is at odds with the one repeatedly asserted by Trump’s own intelligence services. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/18/trump-no-russia-is-not-targeting-the-united-states.html
        Dan Coats, Trump’s director of national intelligence, had a very different assessment as recently as Monday, however, saying in a statement, “We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy.”
        And on Friday, Coats compared Russia’s current cyber efforts to warning signs that emerged before the 9/11 attacks. “The warning lights are blinking red again,” Coats said at a Washington, D.C. think tank. “Today, the digital infrastructure that serves this country is literally under attack.”
        Over the weekend, US Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed Russia and others are using cyber warfare to try and influence elections.
        Her words come after 12 Russian military intelligence officers were indicted Friday for hacking into the Clinton presidential campaign and Democratic Party.
        Trump’s latest round of problematic comments also came one day after the president touted his administration’s aggressive efforts to prevent future Russian meddling.

        • Muckraker says:

          (Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 3:23 PM – 22 Jul 2018): “So President Obama knew about Russia before the Election. Why didn’t he do something about it? Why didn’t he tell our campaign? Because it is all a big hoax, that’s why, and he thought Crooked Hillary was going to win!!!”
          (CNN 7/22/18): “Stelter: Trump’s ‘hoax’ tweet means the press has even more questions to ask” https://money.cnn.com/2018/07/22/media/donald-trump-russia-investigation-tweet/index.html “…And if Helsinki was fresh kindling for a raging fire, Trump poured even more fuel on it Sunday night. With the click of a button, he tweeted that “Russia” — shorthand for the Russian interference campaign in 2016 — was “all a big hoax.”
          He seemed to be contradicting his own claims that he believes US intelligence.
          Now the White House press corps — and members of the public — have even more questions for the commander in chief.
          …On any level it is astonishing to see a sitting president contradict his own administration this way. Intelligence agencies, congressional leaders, and outside experts have all assessed that Russia was responsible for a sweeping attack on the US election in 2016.”

  3. Past is Prologue says:

    “From the Start, Trump Has Muddied a Clear Message: Putin Interfered” (New York Times July 18, 2018) http://archive.is/7oij6 “WASHINGTON — Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 American election.
    The evidence included texts and emails from Russian military officers and information gleaned from a top-secret source close to Mr. Putin, who had described to the C.I.A. how the Kremlin decided to execute its campaign of hacking and disinformation.”

  4. Tweety Pie says:

    (11:03 AM ET, Thu July 19, 2018): Trump says he’ll have another meeting with Putin, again calls media ‘enemy of the people’ https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/19/politics/donald-trump-vladimir-putin-summit/index.html
    “In a series of tweets Thursday morning, Trump argued his summit with Putin “was a great success.”
    “The Summit with Russia was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media,” Trump said. “I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed, including stopping terrorism, security for Israel, nuclear proliferation, cyber attacks, trade, Ukraine, Middle East peace, North Korea and more.”
    “There are many answers, some easy and some hard, to these problems…but they can ALL be solved!” Trump tweeted.

  5. Fighting words says:

    “Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppression of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.” Thomas Jefferson (in a letter to Pierre Samuel Du Pont de Nemours, 24 April 1816) https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/03-09-02-0471
    “The Sharpened Quill : Was Thomas Paine too much of a freethinker for the country he helped free?” (The New Yorker 2006) https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2006/10/16/the-sharpened-quill “Thomas Paine is, at best, a lesser Founder. In the comic-book version of history that serves as our national heritage, where the Founding Fathers are like the Hanna-Barbera Super Friends, Paine is Aquaman to Washington’s Superman and Jefferson’s Batman; we never find out how he got his superpowers, and he only shows up when they need someone who can swim. For all that, Paine’s contributions to the nation’s founding would be hard to overstate. “Common Sense” made it possible to declare independence. “Without the pen of the author of ‘Common Sense,’ the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain,” Adams himself wrote.”
    “Common Sense” (Full title: “Common Sense; Addressed to the Inhabitants of America, on the Following Interesting Subjects.”) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Sense_(pamphlet)

  6. Ignorance is Strength says:

    Republican Sen. Rand Paul tweeted Monday that he will ask President Donald Trump to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, who criticized Trump’s performance last week at the Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. (CNN 7/23/18) https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/23/politics/rand-paul-revoke-brennan-security-clearance/index.html “Following the Helsinki summit where Trump declined to endorse the US intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, Brennan harshly condemned Trump’s performance at the press conference calling it “nothing short of treasonous.”

  7. Púca says:

    “Just remember, what you are seeing and what you are reading is not what’s happening. Just stick with us, don’t believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news.” President Trump, July 25, 2018, at a Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention in Kansas City, Mo. (After delivering his remarks, Trump pointed out reporters covering his speech, leading to boos and hisses from scores of veterans in attendance). http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/presidential/donald-trump-vfw-speech-kansas-city-what-youre-seeing-reading-not-whats-happening-20180724.html
    “The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” [Winston Smith in his diary] George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four (Book 1, Chapter 7) https://genius.com/George-orwell-nineteen-eighty-four-book-1-chapter-7-annotated
    “Everything You Know Is Wrong” Firesign Theatre (1974) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everything_You_Know_Is_Wrong

  8. Xуйло says:

    “CNN reporter barred from White House event for asking ‘inappropriate’ questions” https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/cnn-reporter-banned-kaitlan-collins-white-house-trump-question-affair-karen-mcdougal-a8464416.html (“Mr Trump has frequently complained about CNN’s coverage of his presidency, which he claims is unfair.”)
    “Reporter Forcibly Removed From Trump-Putin Press Conference” (7/16/18) https://variety.com/2018/politics/news/reporter-forcibly-removed-from-trump-putin-press-conference-1202873990/
    “Journalist Sees ‘Almost No Daylight’ Between Fox News And White House Agendas” (7/12/18) https://www.npr.org/2018/07/12/628250994/journalist-sees-almost-no-daylight-between-fox-news-and-white-house-agendas

  9. 4theRecord says:

    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 5:30 AM – 29 Jul 2018
    “Had a very good and interesting meeting at the White House with A.G. Sulzberger, Publisher of the New York Times. Spent much time talking about the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, “Enemy of the People.” Sad!” https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1023546197129224192
    “NYT publisher disputes Trump’s retelling of off-the-record conversation” https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/29/trump-new-york-times-sulzberger-747495 “I told the president directly that I thought that his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous,” Sulzberger said in a statement released by the Times about the July 20 meeting at the White House. “I warned that this inflammatory language is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence.”
    “I repeatedly stressed that this is particularly true abroad, where the president’s rhetoric is being used by some regimes to justify sweeping crackdowns on journalists,” Sulzberger continued. “I warned that it was putting lives at risk, that it was undermining the democratic ideals of our nation, and that it was eroding one of our country’s greatest exports: a commitment to free speech and a free press.”

  10. Fear this says:

    “Journalist Bob Woodward is set to release a book detailing the alleged horrors of the inner workings of President Donald Trump’s White House right before November’s midterm elections.
    Woodward, famous for his coverage of the Watergate scandal, has allegedly based the book, entitled “Fear: Trump in the White House,” on the accounts of first hand witnesses and has been working on it for eight months. The description of the book on its pre-order page claims that it recounts the “harrowing life” of staffers inside Trump’s White House as well as Trump’s personal decision-making processes.” http://dailycaller.com/2018/07/30/bob-woodward-trump-book-midterms/ “The book is due for release on September 11, less than two months before the midterm elections. The title allegedly comes from an interview Woodward had with Trump in 2016 in which Trump is reported to have said “Real power is, I don’t even want to use the word, fear.”

  11. Gleichschaltung says:

    “CNN’s Jim Acosta Warns Anti-Media Hostility Is Going To Get Someone Hurt” https://www.yahoo.com/news/cnn-apos-jim-acosta-warns-084707504.html
    Footage of enraged Trump supporters during his July 31st rally in Tampa, Florida was quickly shared by Trump’s son, Eric, who added a simple addendum reading “Truth.” The message was later retweeted by the president.
    “Veteran newsman Dan Rather on Wednesday said President Trump should be held personally accountable if any violent acts are committed against the press under his presidency.
    Citing Tuesday night’s rally in Tampa, Florida, Mr. Rather accused Mr. Trump of “whipping up the crowd into a frenzy” and “inviting, even inciting, violence” against the press.” https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/aug/2/dan-rather-trump-will-be-personally-accountable-vi/
    “Trump’s circus targets CNN: Eric and Don Jr. incite supporters to gang up on Jim Acosta : The Trumps and Sean Hannity are openly supporting a pro-Trump crowd’s attacks on CNN reporter Jim Acosta” https://www.salon.com/2018/08/01/trumps-circus-targets-cnn-eric-and-don-jr-incite-supporters-to-gang-up-on-jim-acosta/
    “The imaginary violence against the news media” https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/the-imaginary-violence-against-the-news-media

  12. Puzzling Evidence™ says:

    “Roger Ailes’ Secret Nixon-Era Blueprint for Fox News” http://gawker.com/5814150/roger-ailes-secret-nixon-era-blueprint-for-fox-news “A Plan For Putting the GOP on TV News” is included in a 318-page cache of documents detailing Ailes’ work for both the Nixon and George H.W. Bush administrations obtained from their presidential libraries. (article includes links to documents)
    “Trump uses latest raucous rally to slam recent press coverage” https://nypost.com/2018/08/02/trump-uses-latest-raucous-rally-to-slam-recent-press-coverage/
    “President Trump on Thursday clarified that not all members of the media are the “enemy of the people,” just the “FAKE NEWS, which is a large percentage of the media.” https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-says-only-the-fake-news-are-the-enemy-of-the-people/

  13. 17 says:

    President of the United States of America at 4:38 AM, August 5th, 2018
    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump: “The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it’s TRUE. I am providing a great service by explaining this to the American People. They purposely cause great division & distrust. They can also cause War! They are very dangerous & sick!”

  14. Whoa Nelly says:

    A recent Ipsos poll revealed that 43 percent of Republicans believe that President Trump should have the power to shut down news organizations that exhibit “bad behavior.”
    The results, first reported by The Daily Beast, also indicate that about half of GOP participants view the media as “the enemy of the people.”
    Twelve percent of Democrats and 21 percent of Independents who participated in the August 3-6 survey agreed that Trump should have authority over “misbehaving outlets”, and 12 percent and 26 percent see the media as the opposition. https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/08/07/poll-43-percent-of-republicans-say-trump-should-be-able-to-shut-down-media-outlets/23497924/

  15. Aux barricades! says:

    The editorial board of the Boston Globe is proposing that newspapers across the nation express their disdain for the president’s rhetoric on Aug. 16 with the best weapon they have: their collective voice. https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2018/08/10/globe-calls-for-war-words-against-trump-media-attacks/bOjknXaqL92wsnMPT5ZIVJ/story.html
    The rally calls for the opinion writers that staff newspaper editorial boards to produce independent opinion pieces about Trump’s attacks on the media. So far, according to the Associated Press, 70 news organizations have agreed — from large metropolitan daily newspapers such as the Miami Herald and Denver Post to small weekly newspapers with four-digit circulation numbers.
    The Globe’s appeal is limited to newspaper opinion writers, who operate independently from news reporters and editors. As The Post’s policy explains, the separation is intended to serve the reader, “who is entitled to the facts in the news columns and to opinions on the editorial and ‘op-ed’ pages.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2018/08/11/not-the-enemy-of-the-people-70-news-organizations-will-blast-trumps-attack-on-the-press/?utm_term=.8f9adeb8d392

  16. Fear and loathing says:

    “President Trump on Thursday night ratcheted up his not-so-veiled attacks on the media, making light of an assault perpetrated by a Republican member of Congress on a journalist and suggesting it was done on behalf of his state.” (Washington Post) https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/09/07/trump-jokingly-praises-congressman-assaulting-reporter/?utm_term=.3631773d6594
    See also https://buffalonews.com/2017/05/26/adam-zyglis-greg-gianforte/
    “Trump’s War on the Press Follows the Mussolini and Hitler Playbook : Never forget: Mussolini and Hitler made their first target the press. After a year of ‘alternative facts’ you can see why.” (Daily Beast) https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-war-on-the-press-follows-the-mussolini-and-hitler-playbook

  17. Epistolarian says:

    “The thin-skinned president who made it illegal to criticize his office” (Washington Post 9/8/18) https://wapo.st/2N29w7m In July 1798, President Adams signed the Alien and Sedition Acts that, among other things, made it illegal to “write, print, utter, or publish . . . any false, scandalous and malicious writing or writings” against the president and other executive branch officials.
    “Why a Free Press Matters : Journalists have been keeping a check on power since the creation of the First Amendment. Now they’re being tested.” By Dan Rather & Elliot Kirschner (The Atlantic) 8/16/18 https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/08/why-a-free-press-matters/567676/
    “Who Owns the News? European Journey Shows Press Freedom Is More Fragile Than We Think” commentary by Rickey Bevington, local Atlanta host for NPR’s “All Things Considered.” https://www.globalatlanta.com/who-owns-the-news-european-journey-shows-press-freedom-is-more-fragile-than-we-think/

  18. جمال خاشقجي says:

    “Jamal Khashoggi: What the Arab world needs most is free expression” (Washington Post – published October 17, 2018 after having been received from Jamal Khashoggi’s translator and assistant the day after Jamal was reported missing in Istanbul. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/jamal-khashoggi-what-the-arab-world-needs-most-is-free-expression/2018/10/17/adfc8c44-d21d-11e8-8c22-fa2ef74bd6d6_story.html?utm_term=.c9ca6d33d0c1
    Khashoggi’s last column for The Post before his disappearance in Arabic at https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2018/10/17/jamal-khashoggi-what-the-arab-world-needs-most-is-free-expression-arabic/?utm_term=.d83855c3b924

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