Laurene Powell Jobs ready to invest more in journalism, says democracy at risk

“Laurene Powell Jobs, billionaire philanthropist and wife of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, on Friday said she is willing to sink more money into journalistic endeavors in an effort to protect democracy,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider. “Speaking to Recode‘s Kara Swisher at the Lesbians Who Tech conference in San Francisco, Powell Jobs said journalism is as important to maintaining a healthy democracy as education, immigration and the environment, reports CNET. Powell Jobs’ the Emerson Collective dabbles in each of those areas through a series of strategic investments.”

Laurene Powell Jobs
Laurene Powell Jobs
“The Emerson Collective holds majority stake in The Atlantic, Pop-Up Magazine and Axios, and Powell Jobs is primed to invest more,” Campbell reports. “‘The lack of ability for people to actually find relevant local news is putting our democracy at risk, putting our ability to converse with each other at risk putting our ability to understand each other at risk,’ Powell Jobs said.”

“While the U.S. has traditionally been a bastion for news media, both liberal and conservative, that standing is now threatened by an unrelenting stream of criticism from President Donald Trump,” Campbell reports. “‘It’s right out of a dictator’s playbook,’ Powell Jobs said of Trump’s constant bashing of — typically left-leaning — media outlets. ‘If you look at polls about the degree to which people trust any news source and even credible fact checking organizations is at an all time low.'”

Read more in the full article here.

“As one of the world’s richest women, worth an estimated $19 billion, she has been investing in journalism through her efforts at the Emerson Collective,” Ian Sherr reports for CNET. “The organization, which has been described as equal parts think tank, foundation and venture capital fund, acquired a majority stake in The Atlantic, Pop-Up Magazine and Axios. Powell Jobs said she’s willing to invest more.”

MacDailyNews Take: Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one. ― A.J. Liebling

“What’s driving her interest is the ongoing collapse of the news industry, she said in an interview with Recode’s Kara Swisher at the Lesbians Who Tech conference in San Francisco late Friday. That and the attacks on it from people like President Donald Trump,” Sherr reports. “‘It’s right out of a dictator’s playbook,’ she said. And, it’s working. ‘If you look at polls about the degree to which people trust any news source and even credible fact checking organizations is at an all time low.'”

MacDailyNews Take: We include both reports because its illustrative of how a reporter can influence the reader. Note Campbell’s inclusion of “typically left-leaning” vs. Sherr’s report which leaves the impression that Trump bashes all media. You decide which report is closer to the truth.

“In her talk she also shared a story about meeting with Trump. She’s spoken with him in an effort to save President Barack Obama’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protected up to 800,000 people illegally brought to the US as children from deportation. Trump ultimately said he’d end DACA, drawing criticism from around the tech industry. (His move is being challenged in court),” Sherr reports. “At the end of the meeting with Trump, Powell Jobs recounted that he said, ‘I really like your dress,’ rolling her eyes after repeating the comment. The crowd booed and hissed, to which Powell Jobs responded, ‘I know. And I thought, ‘The things I will do,’ y’know?'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: “News” is a funny thing. Perceptions of events can be bent to the will of those conveying the information. This includes Powell Jobs’ recounting of what might have been taken by some as an innocuous compliment from the father of a daughter who was at the time a fashion designer of, among other things, dresses. Or the U.S. President could have been hitting on Steve Jobs’ widow. Certainly, there’s a wide range of possible interpretations.

The reports above offer only one possible interpretation, cemented by the crowd reaction at the Lesbians Who Tech conference and by Powell’s reaction and response. Again, the point here is that different people will have different perspectives on the comment. We’re not saying which reaction is correct or what Trump’s intent was, as we cannot read minds. Had the other person involved in the conversation recounted/framed the “I really like your dress” exchange in front of a CPAC crowd, the reaction and retelling would have very likely left a different impression.

We assume Powell Jobs included that little anecdote, at that venue and with her reported eye roll, for a reason. We’ll leave it to you to decide why she included it. We can’t imagine how Powell Jobs would have reacted if former President Bill Clinton had remarked to her, “I really like your dress”, although surely some people could imagine him saying it. 😉 (See everybody can play at the reinforcing negative impressions game. It’s easy!)

We covered how one phrase inserted by a reporter can change perception in our Take above. Note also how the reports frame the DACA issue which is both more complex, yet even simpler than the impression they leave.

Here’s the thing about DACA: It’s the product of an presidential memorandum, not a law passed by Congress. On August 31, 2018, United States District Court Judge Andrew Hanen ruled that DACA is likely unconstitutional because it oversteps the authority of the executive branch. “If the nation truly wants a DACA program,” Judge Hanen wrote, “it is up to Congress to say so.”

In the U.S., Congress makes the laws. The President, however, can issue an executive order which carries the power of federal law. Congress may try to overturn an executive order by passing a bill that blocks it. But the president can veto that bill. Congress would then need to override that veto to pass the bill. Also, the Supreme Court can declare an executive order unconstitutional. Presidential memoranda are like executive orders, but executive orders are numbered and published in the Federal Register whereas presidential memoranda are not. The president can use memos to direct government operations.

President Trump has called on the U.S. Congress to permanently address the issue with federal law, not via a potentially unconstitutional presidential decree. Neither report conveys the full scope of the issue and both leave a very different impression vs. Trump’s official statement on the issue, including, “I am not going to just cut DACA off, but rather provide a window of opportunity for Congress to finally act… It is now time for Congress to act!”

In December 2017, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Charles Koch, chairman and chief executive of Koch Industries, wrote jointly in op-ed for The Washington Post:

By acting now to ensure that dreamers can realize their potential by continuing to contribute to our country, Congress can reaffirm this essential American ideal… We are business leaders who sometimes differ on the issues of the day. Yet, on a question as straightforward as this one, we are firmly aligned… As a matter of both policy and principle, we strongly agree that Congress must act before the end of the year to bring certainty and security to the lives of dreamers… In a free nation, individuals must be able to trust that when our government makes a promise, it is kept. Having laws that are reliable is what gives people the confidence to plan their futures and to invest in their businesses, their communities and themselves… Congress should act quickly, ideally before year’s end, to ensure that these decent people can work and stay and dream in the United States.

President Trump’s Full Statement on Rescinding DACA, September 2017:

As President, my highest duty is to defend the American people and the Constitution of the United States of America. At the same time, I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents. But we must also recognize that we are nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws.

The legislative branch, not the executive branch, writes these laws – this is the bedrock of our Constitutional system, which I took a solemn oath to preserve, protect, and defend.

In June of 2012, President Obama bypassed Congress to give work permits, social security numbers, and federal benefits to approximately 800,000 illegal immigrants currently between the ages of 15 and 36. The typical recipients of this executive amnesty, known as DACA, are in their twenties. Legislation offering these same benefits had been introduced in Congress on numerous occasions and rejected each time.

In referencing the idea of creating new immigration rules unilaterally, President Obama admitted that “I can’t just do these things by myself” – and yet that is exactly what he did, making an end-run around Congress and violating the core tenets that sustain our Republic.

Officials from 10 States are suing over the program, requiring my Administration to make a decision regarding its legality. The Attorney General of the United States, the Attorneys General of many states, and virtually all other top legal experts have advised that the program is unlawful and unconstitutional and cannot be successfully defended in court.

There can be no path to principled immigration reform if the executive branch is able to rewrite or nullify federal laws at will.

The temporary implementation of DACA by the Obama Administration, after Congress repeatedly rejected this amnesty-first approach, also helped spur a humanitarian crisis –the massive surge of unaccompanied minors from Central America including, in some cases, young people who would become members of violent gangs throughout our country, such as MS-13.

Only by the reliable enforcement of immigration law can we produce safe communities, a robust middle class, and economic fairness for all Americans.

Therefore, in the best interests of our country, and in keeping with the obligations of my office, the Department of Homeland Security will begin an orderly transition and wind-down of DACA, one that provides minimum disruption. While new applications for work permits will not be accepted, all existing work permits will be honored until their date of expiration up to two full years from today. Furthermore, applications already in the pipeline will be processed, as will renewal applications for those facing near-term expiration. This is a gradual process, not a sudden phase out. Permits will not begin to expire for another six months, and will remain active for up to 24 months. Thus, in effect, I am not going to just cut DACA off, but rather provide a window of opportunity for Congress to finally act.

Our enforcement priorities remain unchanged. We are focused on criminals, security threats, recent border-crossers, visa overstays, and repeat violators. I have advised the Department of Homeland Security that DACA recipients are not enforcement priorities unless they are criminals, are involved in criminal activity, or are members of a gang.

The decades-long failure of Washington, D.C. to enforce federal immigration law has had both predictable and tragic consequences: lower wages and higher unemployment for American workers, substantial burdens on local schools and hospitals, the illicit entry of dangerous drugs and criminal cartels, and many billions of dollars a year in costs paid for by U.S. taxpayers. Yet few in Washington expressed any compassion for the millions of Americans victimized by this unfair system. Before we ask what is fair to illegal immigrants, we must also ask what is fair to American families, students, taxpayers, and jobseekers.

Congress now has the opportunity to advance responsible immigration reform that puts American jobs and American security first. We are facing the symptom of a larger problem, illegal immigration, along with the many other chronic immigration problems Washington has left unsolved. We must reform our green card system, which now favors low-skilled immigration and puts immense strain on U.S. taxpayers. We must base future immigration on merit – we want those coming into the country to be able to support themselves financially, to contribute to our economy, and to love our country and the values it stands for. Under a merit-based system, citizens will enjoy higher employment, rising wages, and a stronger middle class. Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue have introduced the RAISE Act, which would establish this merit-based system and produce lasting gains for the American People.

I look forward to working with Republicans and Democrats in Congress to finally address all of these issues in a manner that puts the hardworking citizens of our country first.

As I’ve said before, we will resolve the DACA issue with heart and compassion – but through the lawful Democratic process – while at the same time ensuring that any immigration reform we adopt provides enduring benefits for the American citizens we were elected to serve. We must also have heart and compassion for unemployed, struggling, and forgotten Americans.

Above all else, we must remember that young Americans have dreams too. Being in government means setting priorities. Our first and highest priority in advancing immigration reform must be to improve jobs, wages and security for American workers and their families.

It is now time for Congress to act!

Tim Cook, Charles Koch, Donald Trump, and even we, all agree:

A permanent legislative solution would benefit everyone involved. — MacDailyNews, December 8, 2017

Now you know the rest of the story.

As always, our boilerplate regarding “news” consumption: The best way to consume “news” is to cast a wide net.

As always, readers of “news” need to consider the sources and interpret what they are are being told accordingly. The more disparate sources you can find, the better. And we don’t mean different newspaper, network, website brands that are all owned by the same conglomerate. Determining the actual ownership of your “news” sources is an investment that requires a bit of time, but it is very enlightening. — MacDailyNews Take, June 17, 2015

Please keep the discussion civil and on-topic. Off-topic posts and ad hominem attacks will be deleted and those who post such comments will be moderated/blocked. Permanent loss of screen name could also result.

SEE ALSO:
Apple headlines coalition of companies urging Congress to save ‘Dreamer’ immigrants – February 11, 2019
More than 100 business leaders, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, urge U.S. Congress to pass bipartisan legislation dealing with ‘dreamers’ – January 10, 2018
Tim Cook and Charles Koch: U.S. Congress must act on the ‘dreamers’ – December 14, 2017
Laurene Powell Jobs backs ‘dreamers,’ says ‘hundreds of thousands of young people’s lives are on the line’ – December 8, 2017
Apple CEO Tim Cook ‘encouraged’ by President Trump’s movement on ‘Dreamers’ – September 21, 2017
After Trump administration sunsets DACA, Apple CEO Cook vows to work with U.S. Congress to protect ‘Dreamers’ in email to employees – September 5, 2017
President Trump ends DACA, but gives Congress 6-month window to deliver solution; Apple CEO Tim Cook ‘stands with’ 250 DACA-protected employees – September 5, 2017
Apple CEO Tim Cook signs letter encouraging President Trump to preserve the DACA ‘Dreamers’ program – September 1, 2017
Laurene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective buying The Atlantic – July 28, 2017
President Trump tells Apple CEO Cook that U.S. needs comprehensive immigration reform – June 20, 2017
Laurene Powell Jobs launches new website in ‘DREAM Act’ push – January 22, 2013
Laurene Powell Jobs looks to create bipartisan support for DREAM Act immigration reform – December 18, 2012

71 Comments

  1. Typically, the one percent invest in journalism in order to control the dialog in America, thus public perspective. It’s done under the guise of investing in a healthy democracy, of course. Whether Ms. Jobs falls into this camp or not will be shown through her actions over time, and I truly hope she wants to spread objectivity and truth as America sorely needs more of that. A huge problem we face today is with mainstream media which is characterized as being left by many, yet in reality is moderate at best. It actually downplays and oppresses progressive ideals, making it more difficult for real change to gain a foothold in American politics.

    1. The U.S. mainstream media is “moderate at best.” hence the U.S. mainstream media’s instant deification of the ditzy socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who doesn’t even understand how simple tax incentives work, yet nonetheless proposes “upgrading all existing buildings” in the country which would, if you bother to (or can) do the math, cost $93 trillion, or approximately $600,000 per household, not to mention “universal Medicare” which would cost $30 trillion, conservatively.

      For perspective, the U.S. fiscal-year 2019 budget for military expenditures includes under $700 billion in appropriations. The U.S. annual gross domestic product, or total economic output, is $20.6 trillion.

      In short, to any reasonable, thinking person who can do basic math, AOC is a poorly-educated twenty-something fool, but to the mainstream media, she is a “star” and her appalling ignorance is to be protected at all costs.

      1. Your health system costs for the people more than twice what it costs here in the Scandinavia. We have universal health care with dental care. What do you have? Insurance companies and hospitals that rips you off. We can easily afford the health care and education for everybody. Even our universities are free. Do you know why? Not because we are rich (well we are). It is because we appreciate our democracy and our people and understand that this must be done. You know like true patriots.

        BTW. You spend 750 Billion dollars for the military plus 200 Billion for the veteran affairs. The Europe uses about half of that to military and the rest of the world uses half of what we The Europeans do. That includes China, Russia, India and well the rest of the world.

        Military protects us from the big things. Universal health care protects us from the small things. Hospital is like a military against bacteria and disease and doctors and nurses fight against the enemy that you can’t see.

        1. If it wasn’t for the Evil United States, you Euro cowards would be speaking German or you’d be a lamp shade. (Quote credit to Dr. Savage)
          You are still in existence only because of the United States. Free Market capitalism wins every time. Show me a socialist country who’s bailed out another socialist country.

          1. BTW. In the WW2 you were allies with Stalin.

            Never mind that. The thing is that Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland have the universal health care and free education. Our friends in Estonia has it too. They were part of the Soviet Russia and they have the best capitalistic tax system in the world. You should study that.

            1. Allies with Stalin? We weren’t in the war when Stalin was fighting the Germans and we helped Stalin because his people were being starved, and we figured it made sense to defeat Hitler by winning on the Russian front.

            1. Bob tries to rewrite history. Stalin killed 35 million Russians and he was the one starving them to death. This is not a competition. Hitler killed 9 million people. Lenin estimated 13,5 million and Mao 55 million.

        2. Hold your horses, pilgrim.

          First things first. The USA has provided the security blanket that has ensured that post-war Europe remained free after WWII. They also created the institutions to advance that peace … i.e. the UN, NATO, the World Bank, the IMF and on and on. No other country had the capability to do these things. Many were devastated by the war … well, except Sweden which chose cowardice and selling weapons to both sides and disallowing weapons to pass over your boarder for the defense of Finland. You chose a side … Sweden’s side, not the side of liberty and democracy. Shame on Sweden. You also leveraged your cowardice to position yourself after the war, which was as bad.

          The US has spent 4-5%, and sometimes 12%, of its national wealth to provide for the military, only asking European beneficiaries to pay a measly 2%. Most have not even done that, despite their promises. So, we have disposed with this point.

          Now, about health care. The US health care does ‘get the job done’, but it is sloppy and expensive, but its a high standard despite what BS you have been told. You should ask ‘What DID we have?’ We certainly had insurance companies that were providing coverage based on what people wanted. We did not charge them 24% VAT, outlandish income taxes, and all the rest of it. Anybody can do anything if you strip away their wealth and let bureaucrats decide what you get and when. In the mean time, you are ruining your society by importing Islamic economic refugees, you idiots.

          Now about Swedens military. You would last about one day in an all-out nuclear backed attach from Russia. But of course, you could again claim neutrality, and coward out like you did before. Maybe Russia will pay you double for Bofors cannons.

          Trump is trying to fix the damage caused by your buddy Obama. Takes time.

          And I don’t need lecturing on Scandinavia nonsense. I am Finnish, lived in America 30 years, Sweden for a year, and speak enough languages too, you pompous twit.

          1. The USA unites the power of 50 states to enrich the biggest corporations on the planet. Does the average citizen benefit? The citizens on average in the USA are slowly becoming poorer, unhealthier, unhappier, and significantly more nasty to each other as they WRONGLY blame the rest of the world for pursuing their interests. Perhaps if you lived in a democracy instead of a corporatocrcy, people would benefit from your superpower greatness. You created your nemesis, China, and you continue to make China stronger with your unsustainable short term lifestyles.

            Meanwhile Europe bands together 28 states. Compared to the USA, it together has a larger economy, roughly equivalent military capabilities, MUCH better health and education outcomes. There is a thriving middle class because the richest few don’t take everything for themselves. Of course it has its problems, living adjacent to communist Russia and Islamic extremism. Somehow Europeans are more open minded and tolerant on average while this site displays the rudest behavior, especially those who support the republicans. Your right wing Trump supporters show that they know almost nothing about the rest of the world, yet have convinced themselves that only their way can possibly be the “best”. Then your president brags about owning an unprofitable golf course in Scotland and he is up to his eyes in debt financed by Russia and Saudi investors. Why does your president continue doing personal business with “shithole nations”?

            Overall the only thing that Americans seem to care about is their extreme consumerism. They equate a flood of cheap disposable Chinese junk and 3000kg automobiles with freedom. Fat dumb and lazy describes Apple and the USA. The only direction from here is decline, like every empire before.

            1. …. so, you are all in for ‘shitholes’, you are upset because American corporations are among the biggest on the planet (thousands of bigger ones in various industries in other countries, but just skip that one moron), you are mad because Trump caters to someone who makes more money than you, and you mad at the USA for protecting your ass on the cheap for the last 70 years.

              And you are having a hissy fit because Trump is rude. LMFAO snowflake. Man up (wait, did I use a sexist term there?)

              You must be AOC using a fake name here.

              Hey, didn’t you forget something? That the present administration is calling your MSM buddies liars and fakes, that somebody is finally calling Global Warming (excuse me … Global Climate Change, or whatever the flavor of the day is) bullshit, that forbidding people come into your country illegally and who don’t love it and who you never checked with your people is sooooo bad.

              You will have to write another post to cover those ‘grievances’ snowflake.

              Boy, just take a walk down some European capital glitzy boulevards (I have in probably 30 European and Asian capitals) and tawk to me about ‘extreme consumerism’. All you are saying is that you want my stuff, that you want the government to come take it, and that you want it to be giveaway to someone else who thinks they are a victim of capitalism.

              Fat describes Americans, agreed. Dumb describes you, agreed? And Apple’s stuff is better than you crap Android/Windows virus sucking vacuum cleaners.

              All of this from a European. LOL.

    2. To understand my comments better, and to understand me better as a person, it’s vital that you know my art.

      This is my best ever work, still loved worldwide for its sheer originality, with all rendering done, of course, on a Mac.

      1. I must say, John Dingler, that I more often disagree with you versus agreeing with you when the comments sections here at MDN drift into the political realm; BUT! I must say that your video is a most impressive work and admirable artistry.
        I am citizen, not to be confused with CitizenX with whom I disagree about 95% of the time. Thanks for sharing.

  2. She’s blond, she inherited her billions, she’s an ignorant child who mistakes honest critique of fake news sources as the actions of a ‘dictator.’ her response is too become another Bezos and ‘dictate’ her opinions to mush brained liberals.

    1. Anyone that calls ANY media the enemy if the people is just hiding their true desire to be a dictator. ANYONE that knows history realizes this is true. Supporting such a person goes against what has made America great (and common sense). These are neither conservative nor liberal views, but American views.

      She has every right to support her beliefs. Just because you don’t have the same doesn’t make hers wrong. I have a problem with any political ideology that counts every other as invalid.

      1. I know that you think that Pravda is a great ‘news’ source and that you would never criticize anything they write because that would be unfair to the poor commies, but frankly I think you must be smoking something if you think Trump was advocating removal of 1st Amendment rights, rather than just calling a spade a spade. All presidents criticized the press from time to time, and frankly that’s the president exercising HIS FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS.

        1. No bigger source of lies and self serving propaganda exists than the tweeter in chief. He cannot cite references or even get basic math correct. Stop blindly listening to the snake oil salesman. He’s just lining his own pockets. Those tarrifs are being paid by Americans, and the current sluggish economy proves it.

  3. https://nypost.com/2019/02/26/political-bias-is-destroying-peoples-faith-in-journalism/

    Political bias is destroying people’s faith in journalism
    By Lara Logan February 26, 2019 | 5:12pm

    [ Lara Logan, former correspondent for “60 Minutes,” caused a stir last week when, on a podcast called “Mike Drop,” she said that too many in the media have become “political activists.” Here, she explains to The Post how one-sided reporting has undermined the credibility of the press. ]

    I was a working journalist before I could legally drink. On Saturday nights in Durban, South Africa, when most kids in high school were partying with friends, my last job was to hand deliver first-edition copies of the Sunday newspaper where I worked to the police station, the fire station, the hospital and the morgue.

    It was a violent time in South Africa. The people had risen up against the injustice of Apartheid to fight for freedom and the region where I grew up was one of the bloodiest. So I persuaded the guys on night shift at the morgue to break the rules and tell me how many dead bodies they had received. I asked so many questions, they gave in and let me count the bodies myself. It mattered because no one knew how many people were dying every night in the political violence. The police had a habit of clearing the dead from the streets so the government could hide the truth.

    But on that one night, every week, in that one place, I knew the truth. And no one could take it from me because I learned it first hand.

    I do my job today, some 30 years later, the same way I did it then: with an open mind, an open heart and a million questions. There is nothing more human than opinions and bias. To say we have none is dishonest. But what we do have as professional journalists is a simple standard to get us past that: two first-hand sources — question everything and independently verify. I didn’t invent this — I inherited it from people like Edward R. Murrow and I will keep passing it on.

    Journalists are not activists. We may share the passion for a particular cause, but our job is to follow the facts wherever they may lead. We can’t ignore something that reflects badly on a noble cause, as an activist might. We have to care about the means as much as the end because our duty is to search for the whole truth.

    Nor are we lawyers in a court of law, cherry-picking facts to prove our case. Fortunately, there is only one truth. How we feel about it, how we perceive it, those things are subjective but the truth itself is not.

    Above all, we are not propagandists or political operatives. That is not our job.

    I have profound respect for my colleagues and for what we as journalists are at our best. Today, as a whole, we are not at our best. Just ask people in towns and cities across this country, as I do. Everywhere I go, people tell me they have lost faith in journalism. It comes from all people, all walks of life and all political stripes.

    Frankly, I don’t blame them. Responsibility for this begins with us.

    It is a fact that the vast majority of journalists in this country are registered Democrats. The colleges we come from are similarly dominated by one political ideology. This matters today because the reporting has become so one-sided. As we try to figure out why people have lost faith in our profession, let’s start by being honest about who we are.

    I would feel the same way if the media were tilted in the opposite direction. It is the one-sided nature of this fight that disturbs me. Is that what the founding fathers had in mind when they wrote the first amendment?

    We dismiss conservative media outlets for their political bias, but we don’t hold liberal media outlets to the same standard. Many journalists who claim to be objective have publicly taken a political stand, saying the urgency of the time justifies a departure from journalistic standards. Yet they ask us to believe their reporting is still unbiased?

    It is not hard to find examples of how far we have strayed from reporting standards in the Trump era. A simple example is Time Magazine falsely reporting on President Donald J. Trump’s first day in office, stating that he’d removed a statue of Martin Luther King from the Oval Office. The news went viral. But the writer did not follow the most basic rule of journalism — pick up the phone and ask the White House if it was really gone, and why? The writer late wrote a correction on his Twitter account, stating “The MLK bust is still in the Oval Office. It was obscured by an agent and door.”

    Did this feed a racist narrative Time and the reporter wanted to advance and believe, so no fact check was needed? I don’t know — did it? We all make honest mistakes and I am no exception. I’ve made a few of my own in three decades of reporting. But consider this mistake alongside 70 other examples on a running list compiled by independent investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who is one of the bravest journalists I know. Is it a mistake when media outlets keep beating the same drum over and over? With our credibility as low as it is today, it’s a question worth asking.

    I will be attacked for writing these words. But I welcome these attacks because it tells me my words matter. And I speak on behalf of all journalists who believe in standing up for the truth and honest, independent reporting. Most do not feel free to speak publicly. We live in a free country yet as journalists we are not free.

    They can’t attack the substance of our work, so propaganda machines like David Brock and his staff at Media Matters for America, smear, manipulate and invent false narratives driven by their well-funded political agenda. With armies of bots and a stable of journalists that parrot their talking points, they silence and intimidate. They use our criticism of unfairness and bias to falsely accuse us of being conservative. But all of us know, the louder the attack, the closer we are to the truth.

    No one owns me. No party, no organization, no corporation. We are free because freedom lives in us. No one gives it to you or takes it away.

    And we are strongest when we stand together.

    1. I don’t know what Logan’s talking about in her closing sentence which sounds like a cliche bromide. Do you? Tanning together with who, bad people, good people? I suppose if one is good that standing together with the bad might improve the bad.

      1. Forever clueless, John Dingler, artist, is John Douche, douchtista.

        Go back to your art, Dingledonger, and go back to your fantasy land.

        Reality is for adults, and you’re not even born yet.

    2. Awesome 👏🏻 link! The media criticism is the best I have read from a media insider. Sadly, PJ’s misguided investment will only
      make it WORSE…

  4. Trump’s attacks on the media did not create this situation. The media created it themselves. Conservatives have been complaining about the one sided media for decades. Only now because of the deep seeded hatred of President Trump, and the fact that he is willing to point it out (admittedly clumsily) has the left wing taken notice.

    The problem is they still do not see their biases. They do not see that THEIR “unrelenting attacks on the President, the constant criticism, the anger and vitriol they spew” is the source of the growing mistrust.

    When the President says all lives mater, and pretty much every news outlet jumps on it and claims its a racist dog whistle to white nationalist, anyone with common sense knows there’s a problem.

    When the President documents the efforts that he is making to help black people in the United States to secure the opportunities around him, it is called a racist ploy by the media. When he launches a 100 billion dollar investment to black communities the media is all but completely silent, and those willing to discuss again call it a racist ploy.

    CNN has all but become a 24×7 GTN (Get Trump Network). Media scum follow the First Lady everywhere she goes and criticize what she is wearing. Like who cares? They put people on the air like Don Lemon who have become utterly irrational in their zeal to disparage, discredit, and insult the President on a nightly basis.

    When people on the left actually make racist comments, their excuse is, “It’s Trump’s America” that made me do it, they cry, and all is forgiven, and the commentary on how Trump made them evil continues.

    Not to mention people who completely fake and like about racist and homophobic attacks for their own financial gain and blame the President and his supporters. The steady drumbeat has been that he was driven to this by racism and homophobia.

    This divide in our country did not start with Donald Trump, nor did it get worse. It has always been here. The only thing Trump’s Presidency has done is shine a light on it. If you think ANY of this is new you’re a buffoon.

    It has gotten so bad that I will no longer read, listen to, or watch major news network or publication. Everything political is filtered from my news feed, and even that doesn’t work, because something that I would think would be safe like Daring Fireball starts off criticizing the Administration as being incompetent because they use Apple Notes. SERIOUSLY.

    This country will never be together again until the absurdity stops, and it shows no signs of stopping. So conservatives will quietly go to the polls again and prove that more than one half of the nation disagrees with the left.

  5. Regarding media misinformation, even this Progressive knows that Trump did not collude with Russia’s Putin to throw the election to Trump, yet MSM is so reactionary and so invested in leading the charge to his impeachment that it excitedly reports — in breaking news fashion — Muller’s revelations into Kohen’s lies and imprisonment which is true as if they were Trump’s lies which is false and the latter were to go to jail at any moment. That’s how urgently it misleads its news consumers over its regret that Hillary lost fair and square. These are DNC NeoLibs at work; I hope that Jobs is not one.

        1. not going to play that game. Mr Mueller does not advise me nor you as to the progress of any investigation. I do know that the rats a leaving the ship in droves for this maladministration.

        2. Oh, and to strain your thinking capacity:
          “I will tell you this, Russia: If you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” the Republican nominee said at a news conference in Florida. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

        3. Your questions will be answered if Mueller is allowed to do his job without executive interference.

          Trump’s last tweet before resignation: “I am not a crook!”

          A liar to the end. Scumbag Stone will have to add more impeached president body art to his saggy ass.

    1. Interesting how they kept delaying Cohens testimony until the day Trump was making a deal with North Korea! They were hoping to disrupt any positive news from that! They care more about getting power in 2020 than our country! All the negative news on Trump is about the Dems trying to win in 2020! They are trying everything to try and sway the vote by delegitimizing in any way possible! The left is out of control and pushing socialism now hard! Most mainstream media like the crooks at the top of the FBI are/were left wing nuts and is a huge problem! Please vote Trump and Republicans in 2020 for the sake of our country!

      1. What deal? The photo op where Trump again reaffirmed that he’s infatuated with dictators? The one where Trump slashed US Naval training in the Pacific? The press conference where after years of criticizing all previous administrations for not removing nukes in N. Korea, now Trump walks away claiming he’s not in a rush to do so? Trump is a loser.

    2. JDA, the progressive phoole, it explains why your comments are always so weird. Well done progressive comrade, Bernie Sanders wants you to paint his portrait

  6. I had no idea what a hag she was until Steve passed away. Spare us, Laurene. The fact that she doesn’t know the United States isn’t a democracy pretty much says all we need to know about her qualifications or input.

  7. I’m glad that there are people out there that still support responsible journalism. We need a new group of journalists that can help give out real news instead of the “fake news” that passes off for journalism these days. Good on her for supporting the cause.

    1. Idiot James just doesn’t get it!! She IS a major $ supporter of the widespread FAKE NEWS EMPIRE that is merely a propaganda arm of the socialist/”democrat” party of the past. They have grown mightily over the past 40 years due to the piss-poor “free educational system” aka indoctrination in support of communist/socialist goals and the gradual takedown of the morals, values and standards that made this country strong from its very founding. Wake up you tools/fools! You’ve been brainwashed for your entire educational lives and you don’t even know it. Thank goodness for Thelonious and his clear thinking and his ability to express it well. Just like Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams and others who have escaped the past and prospered because of their character, brains, hard work and honesty.

  8. Irony. Majority of people here worship Steve Jobs. Pretty sure probability that Jobs would despise our current state of GOP and its standard bearer. LOL. Kissing up and washing the feet of the world’s dictators. Warmbier’s parents loved Trump too- until he threw their kids ghost under the bus to strike Kim. Fact.

    1. I’m pretty sure democrats squeal like suckling piglets every time they admit they lied about their Kavanaugh testimony, lied about blaming those poor Covington kids, ran people out of public places for disagreeing with their Constitutionally protected, 1st Amendment rights, gunned down members of the opposition party, scalped a mentally disabled boy, live-streaming it to the world while shrieking “f** Trump, admitted (after getting caught) that they gave candidate Clinton debate questions PRIOR to her debates (and would do it again), proudly and publicly proclaimed their joy as children in Las Vegas were slaughtered “because they probably voted for Trump”,
      Need I go on? I’ve got several pages more.
      FACT.

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