Robert Reich: All Trump can think of about is “TRUMP,” which he capitalizes, then insists that the jobs “Came back because of me!” This is the rant of a child wanting attention and praise, not someone who will shortly be President of the United States.
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Gareth Porter: The mainstream hysteria over Russia has led to dubious or downright false stories that have deepened the New Cold War, regarding last month’s bogus tale of a hack into the U.S. electric grid.
Larry Wines: When ads are the only on-air mention of a particular corporation engaged in activities that harm the public good, it becomes clear that the financial interests of oligarchs and plutocrats have taken precedent over the news.
Frank Fear: We need a recalibration of what is news—at the 24-hour news networks, in particular—a recalibration from personality-politics-as-news to issues-facing-everyday-Americans-as-news.
Robert Reich: Trump refused to answer questions from reporters who have run stories he doesn’t like, or from news outlets that have criticized him.
Richard J. Eskow: What will Trump do if, as president, his national security team proposes a course of action that will affect travel to a country where he has extensive hotel holdings?
Mel Gutov: I’m sure many journalists knew what was coming: a show, orchestrated by The Apprentice executive director so as to reveal precisely nothing but used instead to revile his critics. Vladimir Putin couldn’t have done better.
Larry Wines: Fact is, nothing is more delightful in Britain than each year’s eagerly anticipated annual short film / holiday “advert” from Sainsbury’s. So there are more of them just ahead.
Robert Reich: When Trump lies – claiming, for example, “massive voter fraud” in the election, and that he “won in a landslide” – and the media call him on those lies, Trump claims the media is lying. Even televised satires he labels “unfunny, one-sided, and pathetic.”
Larry Wines: The elitist bastards are advertising ridiculously expensive gas-guzzling automobiles whose catalytic converters belch sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide and CO2, and they’re celebrating—but that’s not quite it, either.
Larry Wines: “Fake News” is suddenly the most ubiquitously over-invoked, fear-fomenting, vilifying term in every mainstream news cycle.
Charles Hayes: The astronomical free coverage given to raging acts of bigotry, racism, ethnocentrism, and nonsensical ranting wasn’t about democracy, it was about increasing commercial revenue.
Frank Fear: Here’s the dilemma facing America today. Did millions of people vote illegally in November? Of course they didn’t. But thousands—perhaps even millions—of Americans believe they did.