Necessary truth telling
The press reminds me of children with bad parents, being afraid to admit as to the family dysfunction. Families want things to be normal when they are not and in this case, our national family has become completely dysfunctional. Perhaps now the children are finally starting to cry out that things at home are not good. In fairness, many in the press have been calling this president an authoritarian for a long time but it's going to take the majority of journalists to keep calling this sick man in the White House out. And for goodness sake, as you have pointed out many times, will a newspaper or two finally insist that this president resign. Geez, what's it going to take?!
Sadly, I don't get the impression that most Americans understand how much a good portion of other countries are following US news/politics and live in their own fear for the effect it has on them, by extension.
Why do business leaders not speak out more, too? US businesses the world over have a certain responsibility to those they use/hire abroad. You'd think they'd want a more stable "leader" and government, in order to keep themselves afloat.
In other words, the web of people and politics and business is far reaching enough that when one aspect falls down, so do the rest. It may not show right away, but eventually it will.
To be fair to CNN--not that it deserves fairness, and it pains me--the three people quoted have been among the better ones around there, or at least Acosta and Lemon have. Cooper sometimes remembers why he's supposed to be there instead of trying to moderate a panel of a dozen loser political consultants with nothing to say who insist on saying it anyway.
Way too late; journalistic sins of omission will haunt the fourth estate for generations. CNN and other outlets HAVE been reporting "fake news" by refusing to properly label his behavior as authoritarian/dictatorial and now when they decide to report the actual truth, no one believes them. Trumpian irony and his intention all along (see his interview with Leslie Stahl).
Theoretically, one shouldn’t expect advocacy in mainstream reporting. But acting like a life long liar and fraud isn’t lying and thereby normalize him — cast a blind eye — is an act not of misinformation but disinformation. Which, to paraphrase the WaPo, creates the darkness in which democracy dies. This deliberate disinformation— and this is something that can’t be done inadvertently — extends to other areas where the reporting is so dishonest that it’s a fiction: the GOP has gotten a pass for over 40 years as it wars against everything good or potentially good about the nation, that is, that the party isn’t a threat to the commonweal (it is); reporting on all things national security with the great example being the 2003 invasion of Iraq; and economic matters. Literally, anyone getting their news from the mainstream will be less informed than if the ignored.
‘Nuff said, now some good stuff: Run the Jewels dropped a track yesterday that really resonates now, “walking in the snow”. That a track produced before the latest state murders — that’s what it is when the boys in blue do it — says everything about how intrinsic and ancient, ongoing and continuing race in America is. Still, great track.