Stephen Miller, a top aide to President Trump, says the president’s authority cannot be questioned, while Trump himself declares the news media the enemy of the American people.
Sen. John McCain says that history has shown that without a free press and checks and balances on the executive branch, dictatorships result. I am concerned that our country is heading in that direction.
The pushback from the awakened and energized American people is heartening and encouraging. We must maintain this to preserve our democracy in these perilous times.
LARRY SILVERSTEIN, HOLLYWOOD
Note from KBJ: Buy a clue, Larry. Donald Trump hasn't prosecuted or censored any journalist. The press is free to say what it wants about him and he is free to say what he wants about it. Just because you don't like him fighting back doesn't mean he is a dictator. Many of us are delighted that we have a president who stands up to the oligopolistic, propagandistic media. By the way, where were you when Barack Obama was president? He was the most lawless and thuggish president we have had.
Ten years ago today, when I was 49, I bought my 2007 Honda Accord SE V-6. It still looks (and runs) like new. I drove only 3,239 miles in the past year, which raises my total to 59,694. That's an average of 5,969.4 miles per year. If I ever sell the car, the buyer will probably think I turned back the odometer! By the way, I rode my bike 6,288 miles in 2016. In the past two years, I've driven my car 6,346 miles. I ride twice as much as I drive.
Addendum:Here is my blog post of 10 years ago today.
Some of you will recall that I'm reading the 10-volume Encyclopedia of Philosophy (second edition) at the rate of two pages per day. I've been at it since 24 April 2007. Today I finished the letter "W." Among the entries I've read are:
Wang Bi Weakness of the Will Weil, Simone Why William of Auvergne Wilson, Edward O. Wisdom Wittgenstein, Ludwig Josef Johann Women in the History of Philosophy Wundt, Wilhelm
I read the two pages first thing in the morning. It takes about 15 minutes.
The Times’ article talked about the media as if it were no different today than in the past, as in the past news organizations may have been tougher on one president or candidate than another. Bias was in the eye of the beholder.
Today it is more blatant, to the point of a loss of integrity. A commentator for a media outlet giving debate questions to a candidate is not merely perceived favoritism. Publishing an uncorroborated dossier on the president and Russia is not just “apparent bias.” Saying falsely that a bust of a civil rights leader is gone from the Oval Office, implying racism on Trump’s part, isn’t simply being tough on a president.
“Fake news” is just a euphemism for something much more serious: total dishonesty. The media need to change their ways, and soon.
Dave Mulnard, Tustin
Note from KBJ: I prefer "propaganda" to "fake news."