As Long as You Don’t Say Too Much

You can’t stop running water
You can’t kill the fire that burns inside
Don’t deny our flesh and blood
Don’t forsake our sons and daughters

It’s freedom of speech – as long as you don’t say too much
I think we’re all runnin’ thinkin’ that we can hide
I think we’re runnin’ tryin’ to get away
But sooner or later we gonna realize
We gonna meet up with the truth face to face

Regular readers of this blog will no doubt remember how mad I was when Steve Bannon was named to be an official White House adviser.  Bannon, you may recall, came from Breitbart, the online home to far right wing conspiracy theories, white nationalists, and their ilk.  It didn’t take long at all for my fears to be founded.  One week in and this piece of trash says the following:

“The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for awhile,” Stephen Bannon said in the interview with the Times published on Thursday.

Bannon said the media still fails to understand how Trump rose to victory.

“I want you to quote this,” Bannon told the newspaper, “The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.”

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/316360-bannon-media-should-keep-its-mouth-shut

The media is the opposition party?  If by opposing lies, sorry, “alternative facts”, then yes,  I suppose the media is the opposition party.  A free press is essential to our democracy.  Didn’t everyone learn that in their grade school history class? This is already shaping up to be a horrific four years and we’re only a week in!

I absolutely loved Jake Tapper’s response to Bannon.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/316422-tapper-offers-one-word-response-to-bannon

 

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8 thoughts on “As Long as You Don’t Say Too Much

  1. I can’t help but think that in this instance Bannon is right and Trapper is wrong. The very grey line between media, entertainment, and, the press has reached the point to me that I don’t believe anything.. from any source. CNN biased, Fox biased, NYT biased. Perhaps they aren’t intentionally biased, but, they’ve become so indoctrinated in their ideology that they are incapable of not being biased. “Shut up and listen” might not be the worst advice CNN ever got, and, the one-word answer tells you all you need to know about the state of discourse in this country.

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  2. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I had a conservative nearly take a swing at me last night for trying to have a conversation about how stupid the whole “muslim ban” is. From a political and practical perspective it’s a disaster. I’m comfortable being the opposition to both sides in this, so, that shouldn’t be a huge surprise. Bannon is for the most part a clown.. Trapper being glib isn’t impressive either. To me.. they are both just pandering to their base.

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    1. I reject the premise that the press is on a side. I’m not talking about columnists or opinion press. I disagree with your characterization of tapper’s response as glib. An independent, free Press is essential. Anyone trying to silence it is an enemy of the state. I don’t think it’s any more complicated than that.

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  3. Do you give Fox the same “not on a side” that you are willing to give CNN? Because I’m not… both are guilty of bias that damages either of their positions.

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    1. Yes. I understand what you’re saying but again, a free press is essential to our democracy. It’s important to distinguish between opinion and news and the lines have definitely blurred since Fox arrived. It’s up to the news consumer to understand that. Trump has done us a major disservice by turning his followers against the press. He’s been very successful in making his followers mistrust the press, which helps him with his “alternative facts”. I’ve been reading a lot about the new to me term, gaslighting. The press, in general, are not on a “side”. They are reporting on facts. Again, not opinion press. Reporting that something he says is factually inaccurate is not being on a side. It’s reporting the news. Attempting to silence the press is damaging to our democracy, which was really what my post was about.

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