Sunday, December 10, 2017

from where it came

Politically and culturally speaking, a lot has been happening. More than ever, I wish for a news source where I can count on it to give the facts before it tells me what I should think about them. I don't see it happening soon, but there are glimmers of hope.

I was going to post the following on Facebook, but then decided I need to keep my posts there away from what leads to upset. I want it as a place I can go and see what my friends are doing-- not have to convince them or have them convince me politically speaking. I saved the post I'd written though as I did want to share it somewhere-- somewhere it won't seem like an ambush. 

So, here it is with a kudos to Glenn Greenwald, whose The Intercept I have linked alongside here. He has some analysis in his piece, but it also had the facts. I hope we see The Intercept growing in readership as right now Americans need to hear what is true more than what they want to believe. 


Since last year's campaign for the presidency, I have written of my distrust for the major news apparatus in our country. Despite how the media wants to slant it as being something Trump started, he didn't. The media itself started it. Through the primaries and then campaigns, again and again I saw headlines that didn't relate to the facts of the story-- if you read it all. I saw the media put out things they didn't know for sure were true if they hoped it would damage one candidate. They ignored other things if they feared it would damage another. It was so obvious that what had been my main sources for news had a bias and were using their power to push it.

The problem continues. In such troubled times, I want a source for facts that I can trust. I don't mind pundits interpreting the facts for me (when they call it analysis), but I want the basic facts to be there. I want the news to be more reliable than twitter, where anybody who goes there has to know it's full of hype and often with a disregard for facts-- with the full knowledge some will pass on whatever suits their own agenda.

So when I saw this article from The Intercept, I was pleased mostly by where I saw it-- a more or less liberal outlet run by Glenn Greenwald. Its story was about something that many, who rely totally on more mainstream sources, may not even know about. 
It can't be that The Intercept wanted to put out anything that was positive for a leader they cannot respect BUT Greenwald kept the news as the important thing. I just wish I had a major newspaper where I felt the same thing was true right now. Yellow Journalism is at its height in a time where we so much need a reliable source for what is happening-- not colored by a partisan agenda. 


Just the Facts! said...

CNN Walks Back Jeff Sessions-Russia Bombshell

n May, CNN reported that Sessions had failed to disclose meetings he had with the Russian ambassador when he was a senator. Justice Department officials told CNN that Sessions had not listed those meetings on a security clearance form, even though the form says to list “any contact” with the “foreign government” or its “representatives” in the past seven years.

CNN framed the non-disclosures as more evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump team, writing, “He has come under withering criticism from Democrats following revelations that he did not disclose the same contacts with Kislyak during his Senate confirmation hearings earlier this year.”

At the time, Sessions said he was told by the FBI not to list meetings “connected with his Senate activities,” but CNN’s legal expert denied those claims.

However, CNN admitted early Monday that FBI emails prove that Sessions’ explanation for the non-disclosures is accurate.

“A newly released document shows that the FBI told an aide to Attorney General Jeff Sessions that Sessions wasn’t required to disclose foreign contacts that occurred in the course of carrying out his government duties when he was a senator,” CNN’s Evan Perez wrote in the new piece.

Monday’s article indicates that Sessions was following what the FBI told him and was not intentionally trying to mislead the DOJ about his meetings with Russians.

As I now say "Is that the truth or did you hear it from CNN"?

Rain Trueax said...

It is soooooo disappointing and happens too often for it to be a mistake.

Majormajor said...

Now we learn that certain members of the Mueller investigation (FBI agents no less) where working on plans for "insurance" if Trump won.

Rain Trueax said...

MM, that really got me to see what they said and it's recorded; yet the dems are not upset by it. They probably think good that they set in place roadblocks to hamstring the Trump administration. How involved in this was Obama?

Majormajor said...

hey aren't Dems. Rain they are leftist.

Rain Trueax said...

The Democratic party has seemed to move left-- a long way. I was thinking how i had changed and realized I have a lot of the same views I had when I registered as a Democrat at 21 (legal to vote age back then). The party has left me and I suspect a lot of Republicans feel that way about their party too. the parties have moved to the extremes leaving most of us without a party where we can truly identify-- at least as I see it.