Friday, July 3, 2020

Samantha Bee on Trump and the police attacking the press

I've had a lot of serious and silly takes on the middle part of 1968 has arrived again with nation-wide protests and police attacks on press, the protests, but I haven't had a comedic take focusing on the last part, attacks on the press, although John Oliver on the police came close. It's time to remedy that oversight with a two-parter from Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Watch Trump Attacks Our Nation's Free Press Part 1.*

If only the president were as passionate about (and we’re just spitballing here) coronavirus, police brutality, or Black lives, as he is about attacking the free press. I guess we’ll have to keep dreaming...until November 3rd.
Basic cable John Oliver — *snork* — that's a good self-deprecating quip and another reason why I should watch Bee more often. Speaking of which, Bee continued with Trump’s Ongoing Attacks On Our Nation’s Free Press Part 2.

When it comes to the president’s ongoing battle against the media, we’re all huge losers.
This is not new or news. It dates back to Trump's campaign as I wrote in The torches and pitchforks came out for Trump last night.
What is new is that Trump has actively antagonized the press...That's called picking a fight with people who buy ink (or pixels) by the action that Mark Twain advised should be avoided at all costs...Now, the targets of violence have expanded from protesters to the press. That's guaranteed to make coverage more hostile.
That was four years ago. It's only gotten worse since.

*I haven't examined the first part, the "today is 1968" comparison much, but I have something planned for tomorrow that should work. Stay tuned.

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