Only Tyrants Ban Journalists From Press Conferences

U.S. politics continues spinning out of control. From The New York Times:

Reporters from The Times, BuzzFeed News, CNN, The Los Angeles Times and Politico were not allowed to enter the West Wing office of the press secretary, Sean M. Spicer, for the scheduled briefing. Aides to Mr. Spicer only allowed in reporters from a handpicked group of news organizations that, the White House said, had been previously confirmed.

Those organizations included Breitbart News, the One America News Network and The Washington Times, all with conservative leanings. Journalists from ABC, CBS, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and Fox News also attended.

Reporters from Time magazine and The Associated Press, who were set to be allowed in, chose not to attend the briefing in protest of the White House’s actions.

“Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties,” Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The Times, said in a statement. “We strongly protest the exclusion of The New York Times and the other news organizations. Free media access to a transparent government is obviously of crucial national interest.”

It’s pretty simple: Trump’s administration bars media outlets because media outlets expose their lies and self-interest. Unfortunately, a lot of Americans have been radicalized by right-wing propaganda posing as news (Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Tucker Carlson) and nonsense-spouting opportunists (Alex Jones, Ann Coulter, and, back in the day, Glenn Beck).

Politicians and leaders who attack science, journalism, women’s rights, the poor and minorities are the bad guys. Don’t be on the same team as the bad guys.

Guest Rant: Knowledge Is Power

Planet S readers love to rant. This arrived today in my inbox, and I was amused so I thought I’d share. Bonus: Colleen will be at Words for a Freezing Moon: An Indigenous Storytelling Gathering tonight. It’s at 7:00 at Station 20 West. Sounds cool! Check it out.


P.O.T.U.S.: Does it stand for Please Overturn Trump’s Untrue Statements? by Colleen Charlette

I’d like to bring foremost in your mind the old adage: knowledge is power. In the very recent Pre-Trump Presidency Past, a new cycle emerged in our social-political stratosphere called “fake news”. This is some weird twist of the newly-clothed emperor telling the common people that we are the ones without clothing.

Back in my day, fake news was simply termed “B.S.” and promptly dismissed. The current White House spin mills are generating a stream of fake news (a.k.a. B.S.) on taxpayers’ dimes.

Is “fake news” political correctness’ toxic love-child?

Back to the tried-and-true adage, “Knowledge is power.” The Trump presidency is seemingly disempowering the common people’s knowledge base. Lies dis-empower. Never mind the cost of the time on everyone’s clocks that we cannot afford to waste. The price on human evolution that will inevitably exacted is frightening and increasing as each hour passes. Scientists and researchers are rushing to fortify documents in cyberspace so years of their hard work, data collection, evidence and factual proof will not be eradicated. While the ISIL terrorists are demolishing centuries—old architecture, the current American president is virtually burning libraries. These virtual libraries are former sanctums and forums of truth, proof and respect where confidence and hope reside and flourish.

The fabric of society will end up looking like ‘late-stage Jenga’ if this trend continues.

It’s only the ninth of February and “Mockupy America” has only been at it since the Jan. 20. It’s only been 21 days. Let’s challenge corruption, and not disguise it as disruption. Let’s support open, honest dialogue without fear of unreasonable reprisal. Let’s spend our words wisely.

And let’s keep in mind all of the blood, sweat and tears that have been sacrificed for democracy.