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Mike Sutton
Mike Sutton
Dr Mike Sutton is the author of 'Nullius in Verba: Darwin's greatest secret'.

President Mr Donald Trump Self-Proven Twit on Twitter

Jan. 2, 2017 3:58 am
Categories: Politics
Keywords: Twit, Twitter, Trump,

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Trump has no intelligence about the US intelligence community


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Unprecedented spelling by yet another semi-literate US President


Paul A Duginski
January 2, 2017 at 10:03 pm
The Trumpster Dumpster
This guy spouts complete garbage, from the depths of his own New York dumpster. How could a clown like this be elected? Michael Moore, the film maker, said Trump was a human hand grenade, thrown by angry, fed-up voters. That sounds spot-on to me. Someone else said people voted with their middle fingers. People were really pissed. This anger could have been channeled into support for Bernie, but the establishment didn't want that. So this is what you get when you combine anger and beyond-the-pale ignorance. We have gullible people believing fake news. What could go wrong? The real news industry has been hurting, worn down and damaged by years of Republican attacks. Without the leveling effect of a real, serious newspapers, the idiots go off in all kinds of crazy directions. They even believe Fox News is "fair and balanced." But I suspect Trump will wear thin pretty fast when he can't keep his extravagant promises.
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Mike Sutton
January 3, 2017 at 3:35 am

Dear Paul

Thank you for this insightful comment,

Leaving the silly comb-across perma-tanned malignant narcissist aside for a moment, I have been thinking in the past few days about the decline of the quality press in the UK and USA. Obviously it's multi-causal. In the UK we had the decline of Fleet Street, the rise in tabloids and the headline selling claptrap that fed scandal to the hungry, bored and increasingly celebrity obsessed masses. As a society we have to evolve to deal more cognitively with the radio, TV and Internet based communications revolution that feeds the decline of the quality press.

There has been a decline in the number of journalists and the quality of what they can do. But the world is full of thoughtful, ethical and bright people who care. They have somehow failed to reach the minds of the proles who demand more bread and circuses. Trump is the clown they deserve. But what about the rest of us? There have been some good TV documentaries on the topic. Have you watched Adam Curtis's Hypernormalization?

Paul A Duginski
January 3, 2017 at 2:01 pm

I haven't seen Hypernormalization, and I get a message saying the BBC iPlayer only works in the U.K.

I can say that in the U.S., we have a problem with media giving people more of the trash they want to see or hear, and not enough of the vital information that people NEED to see or hear. Often this is as a result of panicky and wrong-headed business decisions.

At the heart of the problem is the decline in traditional media: Newspapers generally lead the way because they traditionally have had larger staffs and more journalistic resources. The major newspapers largely set the agenda for the Eastern broadcast media, including the major networks. Locally, morning TV and radio broadcasts sound as if they're shamelessly reading the morning newspaper on the air, frequently without attribution or credit.

But newspapers have been hit hard by declines in circulation and advertising. We could go on for hours about this topic, but I'll leave it there.

I've said before that newspapers should demonstrate their vital importance to society by shutting down for a few days. Radio and TV would literally run out of things to talk about because they would be incapable of replacing the reporting done by newspapers.

Of course, most educated people know how vital newspapers really are. The press is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution, and, as Thomas Jefferson said, "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter."

But reading habits have changed "bigly," to use the favorite expression of an orange-haired eminence. Basically, people don't read or don't read enough. The Republicans have spent the last few decades delegitimizing the press in the U.S. because the truth isn't always what they like to hear. They even came up with their own mouthpiece, Fox News, which claims to be "fair and balanced." The claim is repeated like one who protests too much, and the gullible line up to swallow this crap.

All this, along with market forces, have resulted in less investigative reporting at the same time as people of a certain ilk have come to prefer fake news, conspiracies and fantasies — the kind of garbage that comes from talk radio and the dark recesses of the Internet. What resonates with them is not what's true, but what they want to believe. They simply tune out the truth in favor of comforting lies.

Combine that willful ignorance with widespread anger, and you have voters throwing what Michael Moore has called "a human hand grenade." They voted with their middle fingers, to put it another way, much as voters in the UK did with Brexit.

Now, after the shocking election of Donald Trump, some major newspapers report increases in circulation both for print and online editions. Maybe there's a silver lining to all this. Intelligent people are coming to realize that this has gone far enough, and maybe we're moving back toward a time when truth and integrity matter once more.

We'll see.

— P.

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