The media was also a target of Hitler's Joseph Goebbels.
When politicians are successful in influencing US media the nation suffers. Think about the Washington Post not pursuing the story of the Watergate break-in? Think of the onslaught of Richard Nixon's henchman VP, Spiro Agnew, and his attacks against US media (the press) prior to the Watergate break-in. How easy a target was, and is, the press when politicians cannot wield them for their personal agenda, personal gain or to facilitate ideological dogma? Nixon was an existential crook; Agnew's mission was to fiend-off the press via that old sports adage: ".....the best defense is a great offense."
Agnew performed well, until his fraud laced passed led to his resignation form the US vice Presidency. A real crook.
When crooks attempt to shape media (and the press) Americans have no opportunity to use our innate ability to apply cognitive processes to current events, today;s problems, and more importantly we will nto sort out the B?S for self-serving politicians. Now, I have to ask, why do we find attacks against the press far more prolific from the Right Vs. the political Left? The question is rhetorical; you and I both know the answer.
As we move this piece into the 2016 General Election, we have an even more pronounced and dangerous demagogue working to shape any an all non-favorable press coverage. While Donald Trump relishes in infrequent favorable press coverage, he literally bristles and acts like a child when coverage is non-complementary. OK, so we knew that, right? Let's take it to another level what takes pale when the erratic demagogue points fingers at members of the press, this singling them out for sycophant scorn (and possible physical abuse).
Trump attacked ABC reporter last May.
The increasingly unstable Trump often follows the GOP script of blaming the press. I recall a few cases where he pointed to the cordoned-off press reporters (in the back of the press conference rooms) and threw disparaging remarks about "hating" them.
News Com.au June 2016
Attack the press as component of an, to date, effective "fake it to make it" strategy.
What follows is an example of irrational emotions aimed at members fo the press after a Trump event. Is this your a relative or yours? If so, maybe offer the guy a sedative or some high grade pot. (In fairness, a fellow tweeter offered a counter example at the University of Missouri during a protest involving allegations of racism. It should be noted the university president resigned in part due to his insensitive handling of the allegations)
Oh, just another lovely encounter with an angry @realDonaldTrump supporter after a rally by the media pen: pic.twitter.com/tZv5bQBDeE— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) August 11, 2016
And, there are more: http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/watch-berserk-death-threat-spewing-motorist-threatens-to-pull-a-trump-on-bicyclist-he-cut-off/
Ugly, eh? Spiro Agnew garnered similar reactions from Nixon/Agnew supporters, but they never reached a level of inciting audience members to threaten members of the press.
What would caused what seems someone's grandfather to go completely ballistic after a Trump event? How about Trump himself as an example. Earlier int ht eek the unstable Trump again singled out a reporter for personal admonition. The reporter was escorted out of the building by Secret Service officers. We pay the salaries of Trump's SS protection, why should they become a form of Trump safety escort. Note: I used the acronym SS with direct purpose. Trump's SS patrol has also choked and slammed a Time Magazine photographer). A reminder the Secret Service is a federal agency with law enforcement protection assigned to 2016 candidates. When does the line separate personal protection form augmented personal security enforcers or officers?).
Trump's finger pointing attack words for MSNBC's Katy Tur.
https://youtu.be/YmFOR5lcnCM“What a lie. Katy Tur. What a lie it was. Third. Rate. Reporter. Remember that.”
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