Category Trump presidency

‘This Is Not a Time for False Equivalence’

This is a lightly edited transcript of the December 29, 2017, year-end Best of CounterSpin episode.

Anti-Progressive Trump Agenda Could Backfire

US Acts Against People and Planet Make the Era of Transformation More Likely

Two on the media: Russiagate and Nationalize the Internet

It’s Time to Nationalize the Internet To counter the FCC’s attack on net neutrality, we need to start treating the Internet like the public good it is. Network cables are plugged in a server room on November 10, 2014 in New York City. U.S. President Barack Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to implement […]

Chris Hedges | The Permanent Lie, Our Deadliest Threat

Those who speak in the language of truth and fact are attacked as liars, traitors and purveyors of “fake news.”

After Trump’s Jerusalem Move, Media Worry About ‘Violence’–Not Violation of International Law

The American “recognition” of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital further entrenches and condones Israel’s occupation, ethnic cleansing and colonization of Palestinian land.

Somalia deportations, MN immigration stories, and other immigration news

At least five Minnesota men were among those scheduled for deportation.

Take Action: Political Expression Is Not A Conspiracy

Tell The DOJ To Drop The Charges Now!  

On the Power of Mass Propaganda with Chris Hedges and Professor Stuart Ewen

“The minute you start defining human identity away from the idea of engagement and citizenship, and more in terms of consumption, then everything becomes a product to be sold.”

Greg Palast | The Pig That Burst the Keystone Pipeline— and the Kochs

Why the PIG didn’t squeal and Yes, the Kochs, behind the Keystone Pipeline expansion.

The FCC is having a terrible month, and consumers will pay the price

If you are a supporter of fast, fair, open, and affordable networks, November will be a bad month. And December will be, too. So, keep calling your representatives and senators and tell them that you oppose pretty much everything this FCC is doing.

As Trial Begins, Trump Protest Attendees Face 60 Years in Prison by Chris Steele

Guilty by Association in the Age of Trump. Comparing Charlottesville to J20: A Case Study in Hypocrisy.
Repression, Harsh Sentencing and Sexual Assault.

How Trump Brought the Political Media Class to Its Knees

For the American public, trying to make sense of the most disruptive moment in American politics since Vietnam and Watergate, little is accomplished.
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The political media has failed to reckon with its biggest, most enduring challenge, which it has nothing to do with revenue or audience growth or cord-cutters. The political press is facing a crisis of substance—and it’s not just poisoning the public’s perception of journalism, it’s playing right into Trump’s hands.

Henry Giroux | Democracy on life support: Donald Trump’s first anniversary

Trump has sucked all of the oxygen out of democracy and has put in play a culture and mode of politics that kills empathy, wallows in cruelty and fear and mutilates democratic ideals.

Did Al Qaeda Dupe Trump on Syrian Attack?

… the problem really comes from Washington’s longtime strategy of coercing U.N. organizations into becoming propaganda arms for U.S. geopolitical strategies.

Trump and Democrats Misread Mandates — Robert Parry

Whatever one thinks about white working-class voters who favored Trump, calling people gullible is not an effective way to woo back a voting bloc that already feels insulted and alienated.

The Politics of Sexual Harassment and War

A culture that tolerates various forms of abusive and predatory behavior, whether it’s silence amid a culture of sexual harassment or blind patriotism toward dubiously justified wars, has lost its moral compass.

Chris Hedges | The Cost of Resistance

Resistance is not, fundamentally, political. It is cultural. It is about finding meaning and expression in the transcendent and the incongruities of life.

After Mass Murder in Texas, Republicans and Democrats Echo Familiar Refrains

“The time is now for Congress to shed its cowardly cover and do something.”

FAKE NEWS ALERT: Media Conglomerates convince FCC that Facebook can replace local news stations

Driven by profits, broadcasters have lobbied to weaken the public’s access to quality information about their elected representatives.

Chris Hedges | Our Ever-Deadlier Police State

The grotesque distortions of the judicial system and the aggressive war on the poor by the police will get worse under President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.