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Is America a Failing State?
We don’t know what crimes may or may not have been committed — but we do see several patterns of behavior. All are deeply worrisome. Trump has repeatedly shown a reckless disregard for U.S. national security and national interests. He has shown a contempt for the law and for the American legal system. And when challenges to the legality of the behavior of his associates have arisen, Trump has repeatedly acted in ways that appear intended to prevent or impede the ability of those who would seek the truth.
We have reached a moment of crisis in the history of American democracy. One has to go back to Richard Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre to find an effort equivalent to the Slow Motion Massacre of Yates, Bharara, and Comey as they carried forward their investigative responsibilities.
Trump is acting like a desperate man, not to mention a guilty one. That his team, in particular Kellyanne Conway, has gone on television to argue that somehow the Comey firing was okay because Trump is not personally under investigation is the defense of a narcissist who does not understand the responsibilities he has as president. It is lie after lie after deception after misstatement to protect their man. With every syllable they utter, they make him look more guilty.

This activity is not lost on the rest of the world. They see an America unlike any they can recall and a leader who is clearly not fit for office.
by:DavidRothkopf  from:ForeignPolicy  DonaldTrump  democracy  politics  geo:UnitedStates  treason  KellyanneConway  SallyYates  MichaelFlynn  RogerStone  JaredKushner  RichardNixon  VladimirPutin  JamesComey 
may 2017 by owenblacker
Why Is This Hate Different From All Other Hate?
This piece feels a little confused — it seems to be saying we should be worrying more about Islamophobia than anti-Semitism, while pointing out lots of chilling anti-Semitism. All under a headline about all aspects of fascist racism being equally worrying.

I agree with that last part, but the article doesn't feel like it's making that point terribly well.

"The various strands of renascent bigotry in Mr. Trump’s America are intertwined, and anti-Semitism is only part of the tapestry. Yet Americans, for good historical reasons, tend to have a particularly heightened sensitivity toward anti-Semitism. All 100 senators signed a letter calling on the Trump administration to take “swift action” against the anti-Semitic bomb threats. There has been no similar political urgency in demanding protection for other harassed minorities.

"The president and his associates mix anti-Semitic dog whistles with frank attacks on Muslims, immigrants and refugees. The paradox is that in today’s America, coded anti-Semitism is more of a political taboo than open Islamophobia. We spend a great deal of time and energy parsing the semiotics of Mr. Trump’s role in stoking anti-Jewish sentiment, while Muslims and immigrants can be defamed with impunity. The risk here is that we’ve been distracted by the anti-Semitism controversy from the ways in which other groups are being demonized as Jews once were."

"In the Trump administration’s conspiratorial nationalism, avowed anti-Semites hear their overarching narratives reflected back to them, their prejudices tacitly approved. Mr. Trump himself does not appear to harbor personal anti-Jewish animus: He has a beloved Jewish daughter and close Jewish advisers. Yet he and members of his circle have broken long-established social and political norms by mining the anti-Semitic far right for images and arguments."
by:MichelleGoldberg  from:TheNewYorkTimes  antisemitism  islamophobia  racism  fascism  DonaldTrump  SteveBannon  MichaelFlynn  SeanSpicer  LeonardDinnerstein  HopeHicks  SebastianGorka  Breitbart  geo:UnitedStates  politics 
april 2017 by owenblacker
The British media are failing Brexit’s test
With the Republican party dominating the US Congress and the Labour party in Britain in a state of collapse, political opposition on both sides of the Atlantic is impotent. The unelected House of Lords, debating Brexit this week, will barely be heard. So it falls to the independent press to hold political leaders to account. How ill-equipped we are.

But how could it be otherwise when it’s the British media itself that is in large part responsible for the botched Brexit vote. So distorted was British coverage of Brussels over 40 years that it was hardly surprising “the people” were confused about why Europe mattered. Indeed, Boris Johnson, now foreign secretary, is largely responsible for the biased coverage after inventing his own potent brand of “fake news” while a Brussels correspondent for the Daily Telegraph – a brand he then flogged during the Brexit campaign.

British journalism is now having to play catch-up on a complex story much of it never bothered to understand, at a time when newsrooms are stripped to the bone.
Perhaps even more depressing is the abject failure of the BBC to keep asking again and again exactly what Brexit entails. It would not bore viewers and listeners because the process has the potential to overturn every aspect of our lives – from the cost of Marmite to the chances of a war. Yet blinded by a need for “balance” and terrified to be seen to be too far out of step with the jingoistic mood, BBC interviewers flail. Reporters working on a BBC documentary about the rise in race hate crimes have been told to cut it from an hour to half an hour, “or it will be seen as anti-Brexit”. But asking questions doesn’t show a lack of balance; it shows you’re after an important story.
by:SarahHelm  from:CommentIsFree  Brexit  BorisJohnson  PaulDacre  journalism  propaganda  MichaelGove  DonaldTrump  geo:UnitedKingdom  geo:UnitedStates  MichaelFlynn  JeremyCorbyn 
february 2017 by owenblacker
Separating Fact From Innuendo in the Flynn Fiasco - Bloomberg View
“If that's all there is to this, then the Democrats and the FBI should be ashamed of themselves. There is a far more important matter to investigate: the Russian influence operation against the U.S. election and whether Trump and any associates aided and abetted it. So far, no one has alleged that Flynn had anything to do with that. This hasn't stopped his accusers though from trying and convicting him in the press. Flynn's enemies waged this campaign by disclosing communications that we should be able to trust the government to monitor with proper discretion. Thanks to these leaks, that trust has eroded.”
MichaelFlynn  EliLake 
february 2017 by cbearden
The Political Assassination of Michael Flynn - Bloomberg View
“Normally intercepts of U.S. officials and citizens are some of the most tightly held government secrets. This is for good reason. Selectively disclosing details of private conversations monitored by the FBI or NSA gives the permanent state the power to destroy reputations from the cloak of anonymity. This is what police states do.”
MichaelFlynn  TrumpAdmin  EliLake 
february 2017 by cbearden

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