Free Press

“Maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies.”

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Your DGB for today is to support Factcheck.org, a journalistic outlet doing important work in the era of Trump.

The free press is under attack in the United States. The US Dept. of Justice has recently removed language in an internal policy and procedures manual about the importance of press freedom. And we have a POTUS who praises and cozies up to autocrats who kill and jail journalists, while simultaneously telling over 2,000 lies in his first year in office and calling our own press the enemies of America. The first amendment has never been more important. Good journalists busting their tails to fact-check politicians in the face of unprecedented efforts to silence them have never been more important.

Bookmark Factcheck.org on your browser. Subscribe to the RSS feed. Follow on Twitter. Keep it handy whenever anyone in the Trump administration opens their mouth and words come out - you’ll need it.

Ps: The White House Correspondents Dinner is predicated on the idea that the press and the White House can put aside their somewhat adversarial relationship and come together for a night of convivial joke-telling. Michelle Wolf’s real crime wasn’t in mentioning the Press Secretary’s cosmetics; it was in calling out the elephant in the room - there IS no coming together with an administration that is in open warfare with the free press. Wolf shouldn’t apologize and neither should the WHCD.

 

Brought to You by the Letter “F”: FCC, First Amendment, & Free Press

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Your DGB for today is to ask the FCC to condemn attacks on press freedom by POTUS. 

One of the first things Hitler did was to undermine the free press, since having pesky journalists telling the masses the truth is the last thing an autocrat wants. Wanna-be dictator and all-round bully, Donald J. Trump, is no different. He constantly characterizes any news outlet that doesn’t show him deference or unflattering story as “fake news.” Last week he brazenly suggested that NBC have its “license” revoked for writing something he didn’t like. Listen fella, that’s not how this democracy thing works. That’s not how any of this works.

When you go to the link above, you’ll be able to join others in petitioning Ajit Pai, the head of the FCC, to speak out against the attempts by the president to topple one of the pillars of a free and open society.

“The Emperor has no clothes.” - a journalist, probably

 

Boycott the Press Briefings

Your DGB for today is to tell your favorite news source to either boycott the White House press briefings, or record video despite the gag order.

The current White House has placed a block on video and live audio recordings of White House press briefings. Rumors have been flying about the reason why, some as ridiculous as Steve Bannon’s comment that Spicer “got fatter” and some more serious such as the beginning of the end of freedom of speech. Regardless of the reason, it is ridiculous and infringes on our rights as American citizens. It leaves one questioning, what exactly are they going to limit next?

So what can we do about it? We can call or email our favorite news source which has a representative in the press corps, and tell them to boycott the damn things. What exactly is the point of the press briefing if we are getting outright lied to, important questions are being avoided, or we can’t even see their faces telling us the lies? Honestly, there’s no point. So today we are asking you to call the White House Press Corps, CNN, WaPo, New York Times, MSNBC or your favorite White House press corps member and asking them to either boycott the press briefings, or break the rules and videotape them. This is our government and we have every right to know what is being said and done. After all, we do pay their salaries. So call, tweet, e-mail… whatever your preferred contact method is and DEMAND better. Tell them that enough is enough. Either we see the full press briefings, in all all their dishonest glory, or we make the news up all by ourselves. After all, we are pretty damn creative and can go a long way with the dossier stories.