Ted Rall: Trump isn’t — despite what 300-plus newspaper editorial boards would have us think — a root cause of American crisis. He is a symptom of preexisting conditions. This is important. Because if we delude ourselves into thinking that getting rid of Trump will fix what ails us, things will only get worse.
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Steve Hochstadt: Trump supplements attacks on responsible media with unprecedented support for the irresponsible reporting of pretend journalists.
Ted Rall: If media misconduct falls in the woods, whatever sound it makes receives no coverage in “rival” media outlets.
Frank Fear: We experienced Americans who reject science, use “alternative facts” to explain phenomena, and politicize a subject by turning it upside-down and inside-out.
WJ Astore: The real story is in plain sight: all the corporate sponsors of the Aspen Security Forum, including Lockheed Martin, the nation’s leading weapons maker.
Robert Reich: At his most recent rally in Great Falls, Montana, Trump made 98 factual statements. 76 percent of them were false, misleading or unsupported by evidence.
Edward Rivera: Panelist: multiple modern U.S. Presidents have attacked journalists, but freedom of the press remains an indispensable ingredient of American democracy
Frank Fear and Terry Link: We encourage Progressives to analyze the Commentary section of their local newspapers. Express concern/offer congratulations based on what you find.
Edward Wasserman: So it was only a matter of time, and it now looks as if the threatened assault on the news media has finally begun.
Murray Polner: The current near-universal condemnation of Russian “meddling” in the 2016 election overlooks that the U.S. has a long history of invading countries and toppling elected governments.
Doug Rawlings: As a veteran of that war who has tried to bring to light its utter depravity and as a teacher, I oppose letting this visual extravaganza stand as a definitive historical record that students will turn to in their studies.
Bruce Lerro: Facebook, like most media institutions is committed to the Democratic Party. Cleaning its house of “Fake News” (the news and opinions of the socialist or fascist sides of the spectrum) will steer people back to reasonable choices like the Democratic Party.
Jeremy Kuzmarov: Like Saddam Hussein a decade and a half ago, Russia and its President Vladimir Putin have been repeatedly vilified in the Western media over the last five years, helping to mobilize popular support for the reemergence of a new Cold War.