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Eric, I more than appreciate you articulating the many ways in which the NYT and the WaPo and other MSM normalize the former president and in so doing essentially support him. It's very disheartening and what we really need to do collectively is get this to stop before he does run again (at this point I have about zero faith the courts will ever indict him).

To everyone reading this - You know what might actually change this behavior on the part of papers like the NYT and WaPo? Letters to the editor. Seriously. If these papers were flooded every day with letters describing our collective displeasure with this type of hall pass for a man who did much to destroy the country, they might actually change their tone. You can do it on-line. You can do it EVERY DAY and in volume it will have a far greater impact than posting here or tweeting or any other method you use to complain. Complain directly to the paper and get your friends to do it, too. Start a campaign. Flood, flood, flood.

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great advice

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You're right. The only thing that will ever change this mess and get the country back on track is we the people. Well said.

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I have been thinking the same thing but haven't taken the time so thank you. Now more time for writing and less for reading is what I must do.

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Better yet, get editors' email addresses and flood them.

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The headlines should read “As gun purchases surge in US so does murder rate”. Kevin Drum posted data that showed there wasn’t an overall spike in crime, just in murders and know that the majority of them were gun murders.

https://jabberwocking.com/raw-data-crime-in-the-united-states/

Too bad the media doesn’t make guns the story. From what I have read we are the only developed country that saw a big surge in murders. And we know we are the only country that saw a huge increase in gun purchases during Covid. But, then, we also know that guns don’t kill people, people do, amirite?

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having looked at so much of the murder coverage this week, i can confirm that guns were usually addressed in 1-2 sentences

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This. Exactly this.

It’s Chekov’s Gun in action: "if a gun is placed in a scene it must at some point be used."

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The FG’s record of pushing violence and four + years of reckless rhetoric and incivility are the backdrop for the destruction of our norms, values we are witnessing. Increased murder rates don’t happen in a vacuum but the press is choosing to white wash the FACTS underlying the nation wide numbers to shape a narrative that works for THEM, not for the public. The long lasting damage done by the FG and enabled by the msm take the breath away. If the press is now committed to towing the R line in their reporting, we are indeed in deep sh..! Failing to hold the FG to account has been their major and deadly failure.

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good pt...failing to hold Trump to account has been a 5-yr hallmark of press

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The standard GOP gripe on Afghanistan has been that *now* our allies won't trust us. Their remedy? Biden should have scrapped the deal Former Guy made. What says unreliable to allies more than a new president completely disregarding an agreement made by the old president? Don't ask a Republican congressman, unless you want to see a head explode.

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Trump's failed Tailban agreement got flushed down the memory hole

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And the media gushes over Republicans shooting their mouths off at Mr. Austin and General Milley

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The press giving Trump a pass on the murder outbreak and the pandemic is only the tip of the iceberg. He essentially got a pass on everything for 5 years and counting... and pretty much his life before that too. (Why isn't his name Teflon Don?)

If that wasn't enough every day it seems a new tell-all book comes out from people who were in his administration detailing yet more seriously disturbing things. Other sources keep telling us things it would have been nice to know at the time - and there are criminal investigations going on.

Yet with all of this, what's the big story about Trump? None of this matters. All the media seems to think he's going to run again in 2024. (Republicans are greasing the skids to make sure the election will have the "right" result.) No one seems to doubt he can get the nomination, that he can run - and possibly win. The media response seems to be that of anticipation of having him back again - even though this time we already know what the main goal of another Trump term will be: revenge.

And his base can't wait for it - those that survive Covid.

Gaelsdottir at Daily Kos at Daily Kos is the one who put these misgivings into words with "One of the Strangest Diaries I May Ever Write". Here's an excerpt:

"...I can’t recall seeing any article or comment that discusses any aspect of Trump’s anticipated next run in which the author has paused, taken a metaphorical breath, and said: “but of course this is all speculative, because there are a half dozen lawsuits and numerous criminal probes going on, so there’s an even chance that Trump may be cooling his heels in the clink by 2024. And we don’t let our politicians campaign from jail — YET. So stay tuned, because all of this could change on a dime.”

I am not seeing that disclaimer anywhere. I think it is very significant that I am not seeing that disclaimer. It is as though we have collectively hypnotized ourselves into believing that Trump is as inevitable as Melancholia (big honkin’ planet that crashed into Earth and destroyed it, in a chirpy feel good movie by Lars von Trier).

There is this term: Self-Fulfilling Prophecy. Its meaning is obvious: when you behave as though something is an absolute certainty, you may well be in a position to influence events in such a way that it does indeed come to pass."

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/9/26/2054619/-The-Strangest-Diary-I-Will-Ever-Write

Meanwhile, the media goes out of its way to frame every bit of news about Biden and the Democrats in as negative a way as reflex allows.

Here are the top headlines at the moment at the web version of The NY Times:

"House delays vote on infrastructure, in big setback for Biden agenda"

"The Morning: An Era of Democratic Unity May Be Coming to an End"

"President Biden's slide with Key Democratic Voters is either a blip or a Danger Sign, our polling reporter writes"

"In Facebook Ads, the Oil and Gas industry is taking aim at climate provisions in President Biden's Budget Bill"

(That last headline should be the real story.)

Whoever writes headlines at The NY Times is providing a revealing look into the way the Gray Lady's "liberal bias" works. How many headlines about Trump ever used the word "LIE" in them?

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agreed. all of the coverage starts from assumption *of course* he'll run...while ignore his failures and the mounting lawsuits

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I was looking back to find something the Times' original "conservative" columnist, William Safire wrote. I found an old article from 1996 about President Clinton "wanting to punch him [Safire] in the nose." The whole brouhaha was about a Safire column in which he called then First Lady Hillary Clinton "a congenital liar." Not only did Times editors allow that to go to print, but followed it up with a story covering it.

Funny how they had no problem calling a Democrat a liar in print, yet more than twenty years later, couldn't bring themselves to use the same word about a pathological liar who held the nuclear codes. The Times has always—and still does—set the tone for the rest of the "serious" MM media, which is part of the problem.

Those headlines are pure clickbait, meant to draw Trumpkins looking for a story bashing Dems, and to outrage liberals. It's a disgusting game.

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The MSM is just so deplorable. But where is our DOJ? Where is the SDNY and their case(s) against Trump? It just seems like nothing of any consequence will ever happen to this maniacal narcissistic sociopath. Can the MSM really want this criminal to run for office again? How is the legal systems within this country allowing this to happen? For God's sake, Trump incited a fucking insurrection! I can't believe we are facing Trump 2.0 and the media is cheerleading it along. WTF has happened to our country??!!!!

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Thanks Eric.

TRMS presented an interesting timeline of unpunished RW criminality, especially violence, prior to 1/6/21. The timeline started with 11/1/2020. In sum the implication was letting people commit violent acts leads to more violent acts. Or worse, cheering criminal acts.

Here's a news clip from 11/1/2020:

After a caravan of President Trump’s supporters surrounded and delayed a Joe Biden campaign bus on a Texas highway on Friday, the Democrats on board canceled the rest of that day’s events, citing safety concerns, and federal and local law enforcement opened investigations into the incident. Some prominent Republicans, though, have cheered the disruptive motorists. “In my opinion, these patriots did nothing wrong,” Trump said in the tweet. “Instead, the FBI & Justice should be investigating the terrorists, anarchists, and agitators of ANTIFA."

Crime is difficult to track, predict or explain. Murder rates are no exception. Of equal importance we live in a violent country with a horrifyingly violent past. But we could start with an equal justice system, including the prosecution of all criminals.

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All things the msm deems ‘inevitable’ must be so, and they’re off to the races based on that calculation (the IN party ALWAYS loses seats in the midterm elections), never looking back nor in the mirror and mindlessly(?) using their power to collude w/FG to feather the msm nests. Amazingly irresponsible; so disheartening.

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The NY Times article about Biden following Trump policies was particularly egregious. The article assumes that the parties should have diametrically opposed positions on every issue. Which drives the idea that if one party is for something, the other party must, in a journalistic ideal world, be against it. After all, what's most important about government action is conflict?

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yes! If Richard Haas says so, it must be true….

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Millencamp and Springsteen are an amazing pairing. Thanks Eric, great way to start a Friday.

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oh good! i really like it, too

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And where do the Republicans stand on gun control? We all know the answer. Guns, guns and more guns everywhere. We have become immune to death and violence because we are now a third world country, fearing that the grocery store or the theatre or the synagogue could be where we meet our end. Republicans? Crickets. It's pure madness.

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Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo takes the Times to task

His latest--Something’s Very Wrong with the Times

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/somethings-very-wrong-with-the-times

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....instead press crucified Biden for Afghanistan

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You had me at "the press is dying."

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