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Re: “Trump, democracy, and freedom of the press

While I agree with you in principal Mary the fact of the matter is that journalism today has abandoned one of its principal values: Independence. Whereas before the opinion pages was home to reporters' bias now it appears as though the main pages are littered with reporters opinions. Now, it has always been such, yet subtlety. Your medium has become more audience specific in your quest for readers/clicks. A quick look at the Huffington Post's front page and it looks like Chicken Little left wing has written the headlines and the same can be said for the New York Post site and hard copy on the right wing. While that may not actually be the case, the President has been adept in pointing out bias and utilizing it as a weapon.
Do I think that the President believes what he says about the press? I actually don't, I think he enjoys and is propelled by the responses he receives. People are tired of negative stories and President bashing by what they perceive as a biased negative press. The President is merely taking advantage of the 'Wild West' social media environment and using it to his advantage. Perhaps if we adhere to some old age advice and merely ignore the bully they will go away.
The Press and the people it reports on has always been a contentious relationship. But, isn't that why reporters got into the field? It's part of the fun and challenge of journalism. Stay tough and true to your core while not abandoning the principal ethics of your profession.

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Posted by EdInd on 08/16/2018 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Trump and the dismantling of LGBTQ rights

This article reminds me of this: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!
40 years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes!
The dead rising from the grave!
Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!
Relax, do you really think that the powers that be are going to allow most of the speculation in the article? And, instead of getting mad at The President, whether his name is Barack or Trump realize that it is the failure of the House and The Senate for the majority of this. The President(s) were forced to use executive action because no one in either branch of government had the courage to go either way. It's time to flush the toilets that are called the House and The Senate and get people who want to work for the American People. A functioning House and Senate will always compensate properly for a poor President. That is why there are three branches of government to put checks on each other. The whole system is horribly corrupt (that's why our City had an unopposed Mayoral election) and all people do is pontificate instead of taking action. You want something changed? Don't talk or protest about it, ACT and cause change.

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Posted by EdInd on 06/21/2018 at 11:02 AM

Re: “For Louise Slaughter's seat: Joe Morelle

Not quite the ringing endorsement. We all know that New York Politics is as corrupt as the fictional Gotham City. Yet, to endorse a candidate based upon their electability over substance is why I changed my party affiliation to Independent. Morrelle is part of the system. He and his kind are a big reason why the Democrats along with the Republicans are suffering at the ballot box. We need change, not career politicians, to bring us into the next decade. I, for one, am going to support Rachel Barnhart. She is a non-career politician, former local personality, and she has been actively campaigning and listening instead of patronizing people. She has been seen frequenting city establishments such as Hart's Local Grocery and has sat and asked for opinions. Now, don't misinterpret: Adam McFadden has done the same but again, I choose to think that his time in local politics is a detriment not an advantage. The people (we) need a fly in the ointment, not a party line yes-person that I fear Morrelle would be.

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Posted by EdInd on 06/12/2018 at 12:41 PM

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