Friday, April 7, 2017

6-Part Denunciation of Trump by LA Times

Thank you to publisher/editor Davan Maharaj and other editors for making the Los Angeles Times the first newspaper in the US to come out boldly and emphatically against dt's words and actions as president.  The six-part editorial series began Sunday and continued through Friday. 

This action is in step with California's 61.6% vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton, California's leadership in clean air and environmental measures, and California's diversity, and California's progressive stance on immigration issues.

Part I  Our Dishonest President - viewed by more than 2 million people

"...nothing prepared us for the magnitude of this train wreck."

Part II  Why Trump Lies

"The insult that Donald Trump brings to the equation is an apparent disregard for fact so profound as to suggest that he may not see much practical distinction between lies, if he believes they serve him, and the truth."

Part III  Trump's Authoritarian Vision

“Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it.”

Part IV  Trump's War on Journalism

"...when he calls journalists “enemies of the people,” Trump (whether he knows it or not) echoes Josef Stalin and other despots."

Part V  Conspiracy Theorist in Chief

Of course it was widely hoped that when Trump came into office he would put the conspiracy theories and red-meat scare stories behind him. Perhaps the “lock her up” mantra and the fear-mongering about Mexican rapists and the racial dog whistles and the assertions about Ted Cruz’s father’s connection to Lee Harvey Oswald — perhaps all that was just part of a cynical bid for votes, and it would go away when the election was over.
Part VI  California Fights Back

Stand up for the rule of law and the democratic process while also opposing the dangerous policies of America’s new leader.

In conclusion, I will quote from Part II:

"Good citizens test assumptions, question leaders, argue details, research claims.  Investigate. Read. Write. Listen. Speak. Think. Be wary of those who disparage the investigators, the readers, the writers, the listeners, the speakers and the thinkers. Be suspicious of those who confuse reality with reality TV, and those who repeat falsehoods while insisting, against all evidence, that they are true. To defend freedom, demand fact."

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