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Trump On Sunday: The Press Are ‘Dangerous, Sick’ People ‘Who Can Cause War’

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2 comments on “Trump On Sunday: The Press Are ‘Dangerous, Sick’ People ‘Who Can Cause War’

  1. ChicagoDave

    Dear Heisenberg.
    So enjoying your thoughtful reports, both here and in the financial realm. Enjoying this site in particular and the tracks of thinking that your expressions inspire.

    The principle of a free press is a leg of the republic on which the founding fathers themselves differed or held in at least some ambivalence. Of course, our despotically inclined president seems to compulsively exploit any doubts about the value of a free press and leverage all opportunities to diminish the efforts of published entities to expose truths about his governance. But Trump = Noise. Putting his ugliness aside will not be simple. But I have faith that by the actions of the abundance of the American people, this too shall pass.

    Still, the discussion about a free press is a good one. Since 1776, our republic has experienced ambivalence regarding the virtues of a free press. In 1861, when John Hodgson, publisher of the Jeffersonian in West Chester PA, expressed the views of many northern democrats at the time with stories promoting pro-southern and pro-slavery views, mobs entered his office in the middle of the night and trashed it, destroying his printing press. That same year, under a warrant from the US Attorney for the Eastern District, federal marshals padlocked his office and closed the paper. Here is a link to more about Hodgson and the Jeffersonian … http://slavenorth.com/cw/hodgson.htm … At the end of it all, Hodgson won victory in federal court with a small monetary award, but freedom of the press appropriately won the day.

    At an earlier time Thomas Jefferson in his letters:
    “Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious when put into that polluted vehicle.” and “Advertisements contain the only truth to be relied on in a newspaper.”

    But in another letter Jefferson also 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.”

    In the Pentagon Papers case before the Supreme Court in 1971, President Nixon claimed authority to suspend publication of classified materials, but the court saw otherwise:

    “In the First Amendment the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors. The Government’s power to censor the press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the government. The press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of government and inform the public. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government.”
    – Hugo Black, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, in the decision on New York Times Co. v. United States

    If nothing else, our despotic president challenges us to reconsider the facts of our history. We have a terrible challenge before us. There is an ill-intentioned man trying to steal our country. We must call him out and vote like our lives and our children’s live depend on it.

    Thanks again, Heisenberg, for this safe and good place to think and speak freely.

    Best wishes,
    Dave

  2. Anonymous

    Looks like Trump has finally acknowledged China’s protectionist policy as being the correct one.
    “Tariffs are working big time. Every country on earth wants to take wealth out of the U.S., always to our detriment. I say, as they come,Tax them. If they don’t want to be taxed, let them make or build the product in the U.S. In either event, it means jobs and great wealth. ..Because of Tariffs we will be able to start paying down large amounts of the $21 Trillion in debt that has been accumulated, much by the Obama Administration, while at the same time reducing taxes for our people. At minimum, we will make much better Trade Deals for our country!

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