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If Twitter can dump Trump, so can Radio and other MSM too

Tuesday 12 January, 2021
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Comment from Peter Saxon

Watching the mayhem at the Capitol as it unfolded on Thursday morning, AEST, one observer noted that many people were carrying American flags, but they were outnumbered by those with Trump flags.
Later, Brian Kilmeade on Fox & Friends was horrified by what he saw: "To put up a Trump flag and take down the American flag is not patriotic — it was one of the worst things I've ever seen.”
That’s it, right there. When I promised you yesterday, in Part One of this article, that I’d reveal what I think is the most important reason a character like Donald Trump is Kryptonite to a western democracy, that’s what I meant. 

A demagogue, like Trump, that comes to be worshipped by a significant section of voters, who put their fealty to one person above their nation and the rule of law, is incompatible with democracy - leading to a dictatorship.

Unless some calamity intervenes, in a little over a week, Trump’s presidency will be over and Joe Biden’s will begin. But that won’t be the end of it.

The rebellion may have been put down, for now, but Trump still commands armies of adoring fans, 2-3 times the population of Australia. The vast majority of them, having been fed a litany of lies about the “deep state” and “the stolen election,” are as brainwashed as the citizenry of North Korea. Many will go to their graves in the paranoid belief that everyone but Trump and other loyal supporters like them, are their enemies - Government and Mainstream Media, chief among them.

As more details from last week’s riots emerge, the term “Domestic Terrorism” becomes more apt. De-radicalising the more militant elements within this giant “Cult of Trump” will be a long and painstaking effort.

It starts with all the lawmakers and the MSM making a concerted effort to restore the trust in them that Trump has so effectively eroded over the past four years.

If ever president-elect, Joe Biden, needed to exercise his much-lauded ability to ‘reach across the aisle’ and find common ground with his opponents, it is now.

This is not a left or right thing, nor a Republican or Democrat thing. It is a non-partisan thing that requires the trust of all politicians to bring some decency back into politics.

They need to dial the heat and tone of argument back a few notches. They need to play the ball, not the man, or woman. Most of all, they need to be seen to be working for the common good of the people rather than to be busy squabbling with each other and scoring political points.

They can start with a bi-partisan committee to come up with ways improve their arcane voting system and make it more transparent before the next election.

A caretaker period for a lame duck president, similar to what we have here in Australia, might be worth some consideration too.

Mainstream Media must also win back the trust of audiences and shake off the Fake News mantle ascribed to it by that champion of the 1st Amendment (freedom of speech and press), Donald Trump. 

MSM and Talk Radio in particular, should know that choosing to cheer for one side of politics while constantly booing the other, 24/7, is not the same as choosing a music format. Talk in bubble can have real consequences, as the events of last week have shown. 

Radio, too, could dial the tone and volume of debate down a tad. But most of all, it needs to tell the truth – and call out lies and misinformation from callers and other participants – not by denigrating them but by countering falsehoods with facts.

MSM needs to re-establish itself as the real news with opinions that are evidence based and anchored in fact, well researched and logically thought out as opposed to some wacky conspiracy theory to entertain the gullible, which is what keeps alternative or fringe media afloat.

And no, MSM should be under no obligation to lend their platform to every nut job with a tin foil hat and a conspiracy theory to peddle – even if it is the President of the United States.

Although I’m not usually a fan of de-platforming people I disagree with, I believe that Twitter has been courageous in doing the right thing and banning Donald Trump – not because I disagree with his views but because his lies are demonstrably dangerous.

The question is whether Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are part of the MSM or are they just fringe dwellers?

In my opinion, the social giants should be like other MSM and be subject to the same laws, content codes and provisions as they’re applied in each country where they operate.

I see no reason why trolls hiding behind, say, Facebook’s cloak of anonymity should be allowed to harass, humiliate, threaten and defame innocent people without anyone involved facing legal consequences for the suffering they cause. 

Having said that, I applaud Twitter’s decision to dump Trump. Losing his notoriety, his larger-than-life persona and his 88 million followers, along with the traffic that generates, will mean a significant loss of revenue for them.

Over the past five years Donald Trump has dominated the internet, the airwaves and all MSM, arguably like no other person in history, with the possible exception of Adolf Hitler

The constant publicity, good and bad, has been Trump’s life-blood. It’s time that all responsible media has the courage to turn off his oxygen.  Let him start up his own cable channel on the fringes. He’s a one trick pony. Without the ongoing fake culture war to fight in MSM – The Real News Media - his fans will soon get bored and so will he.

Want to Make America Great Again? 

MSM should promote Science over Stupidity. Education over Ignorance. Reason over Rant. Fact over Fiction. 

Read Part One

Peter Saxon


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Anthony The Koala
12 January 2021 - 2:59am
If you want to know the problem with the media in the US, as a "rough guide", I suggest that one watches the movies "Vice", "The Loudest Voice" (series) and "Bombshell", particularly "Vice" and "The Loudest Voice". It starts with the rescinding the laws which required broadcasters to be balanced. For example, the network depicted in movies did not let the other side express their viewpoint. In "The Loudest Voice", an interviewee who expressed views opposite to the network and its presenters were shouted down. I have seen Bill O'Reilly do the same thing with views by angrily shouting at the talent with opposite views to O'Reilly.

Prima facie, having talent with opposite views to the network is entertaining. The 'flip side' is that viewers will not hear an alternative side.

Rather than shouting and suppressing talent with opposite views, wouldn't it have been more constructive for the interviewer to ask questions through its own political prism, and at the same time, the interviewee (talent) respond critically and intelligently. That could regardless of political prism.

In addition, as this article addresses the US 'shock jocks' unsubstantiated conspiracy theories and giving the audience impression that they're in a perpetual state of crisis, one story or issue at a time.

So the US has a substantial size of its populace consuming Fox and shock jocks. This kind of culture is closed to other viewpoints or the opportunity to challenge other viewpoints or even accepting other viewpoints.

But suppose Mr Trump didn't like CNN. Instead of attacking and insulting non-Fox and non-shock-jock media, he should have availed himself of being interviewed on CNN and intelligently refuted anything proffered by the interviewer. The gold standard is Mr John Laws OBE, in his book "Lawsie: Well You Wanted To Know", ISBN 9781742579870. Even if the mini polls he conducted favoured Mr Fraser, Mr Laws was open to interviewing Mr Whitlam and Mr Hayden.

People from both sides of politics were invited onto the show and they were prepared to express and defend their views. Not for the Fox and shock-jock programmers.

But there is a general malaise in the reporting of news. News has become entertainment, the time of coverage of talent's views has been reduced from 42 seconds to a few seconds, "if it bleeds and leads". The news departments in terms of its bottom line, pages 935, 936 C.T. Bogus, "The Death of an Honourable Profession" (1996),71 IndianaL. J. 911,

The seven second grab is the new normal. BUT saying the essential message in 140 characters has been reduced to rants.

Regardless of Mr Trump's policies which included midway through the administration's term the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years and 400 thousand manufacturing jobs, to name a few, https://www.whitehouse.gov/trump-administration-accomplishments/ .

One cannot convey a message in 140 characters of the administration's achievements. We rely on the media to convey what is happening around the world, and what is happening in government and business.

For the media to take a particular by closing alternative views and not lend itself to constructive criticism is not healthy.

Similarly, the talent must also be open to answer questions intelligently from interviewers whose views may be contrary to the interviewer.

Thank you,
Anthony of critical Belfield

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