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Democracy in Danger

“The Fake News Media has never been so wrong or so dirty.”

Donald J. Trump

“Freedom of the Press, if it means anything at all, means the freedom to criticize and oppose”

George Orwell

“If a nation expects to be ignorant & free, in a state of civilisation, it expects what never was & never will be. The functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty & property of their constituents. There is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves; nor can they be safe with them without information. Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.”

Thomas Jefferson


Introduction

Democracy in Danger

Democracy in danger is not a bombastic claim .It must not be dismissed. With the cooperation of corporate media, Corporate media reports Donald Trump’s most egregious claims as a certainty, while reporting misinformation as truth. This contributes to the American struggle to find a political balance that does not include a fascist dictatorship in its future.

Honest, factual reporting subverted by corporate media over the past 40 years leading to reporting opinion rather than truth. This is a tragedy as Americans searching for truth are turning away from corporate media in favor of conspiracies and distortions posing as news.

The unfolding narrative of Donald Trump wielding the might of government against the free press transcends mere political theater. It represents a clear and immediate danger to the bedrock of democracy itself.

Democracy in Danger: Trump’s Unvarnished Authoritarian Declaration

In his unrelenting pursuit of the presidency, Trump leaves no room for ambiguity, openly articulating his mission to mete out retribution against perceived adversaries. Such a stance poses an unprecedented threat to the cherished freedom of the press.

Systematic Patterns of Intimidation

A closer examination reveals a calculated pattern within Trump’s administration — the strategic use of regulatory tools as punitive measures against media outlets that dared to challenge or criticize. This systematic intimidation demands urgent attention and condemnation.

Democracy in Danger: Parallels with Authoritarian Regimes

The echoes of Trump’s playbook reverberate globally, drawing unsettling parallels with authoritarian regimes in Hungary and Turkey. This international context underscores the far-reaching implications of his tactics, amplifying concerns about the global erosion of media freedom.

Democracy in Danger: Media’s Alarming Underplay

Major news outlets, perhaps underestimating the gravity of Trump’s authoritarian threats, downplay the situation. This underplayed alarm risks fostering complacency at a time when vigilance is paramount.

Corporate Chessboard Vulnerabilities Exposed

Trump’s calculated strategy involves targeting corporate vulnerabilities, deftly intertwining unfavorable coverage with broader business interests. This creates a perilous chessboard, where media outlets struggle in a high-stakes game of survival.

Democracy in Danger: Resistance Teetering on the Edge

While media owners displayed resilience during Trump’s initial term, the looming question is whether this resistance can endure intensified pressure in a potential second term. The democratic fortitude of media owners is at a critical juncture.

Dilemma Laid Bare: To Yield or Defy

Media owners face a formidable dilemma — yielding to Trump’s demands, compromising journalistic integrity, or contemplating selling outlets to shield themselves from the specter of vindictive reprisals.

Democracy in Danger: Historical Echoes: Lessons from 2017

The 2017 AT&T-Time Warner merger saga serves as a stark historical lesson. It illustrates how media outlets may be coerced into submission or sold as part of a Faustian bargain under the weight of Trump’s influence.

Conclusion

The perilous dance between Trump’s authoritarian rhetoric and the sanctity of press freedom is not a mere political sideshow. It is a critical crossroads demanding unwavering scrutiny and an unyielding commitment to defending the principles that underpin democracy. The survival of the American Democratic Republic hinges on collective courage in safeguarding the free press from encroaching tyranny. Most importantly, Donald Trump must not be underestimated. We should all understand his motivation and reject his hatred of the Democratic Republic.

By Politics-as-Usual

Roger is a retired Professor of language and literacy. Over the past 15 years since his retirement, Roger has kept busy with reading, writing, and creating landscape photographs. In this time of National crisis, as Fascist ideas and policies are being introduced to the American people and ignored by the Mainstream Press, he decided to stand up and be counted as a Progressive American with some ideas that should be shared with as many people who care to read and/or participate in discusssions of these issues. He doesn't ask anyone to agree with his point of view, but if entering the conversation he demands civility. No conspiracy theories, no wild accusations, no threats, no disrespect will be tolerated. Roger monitors all comments and email communication. That is the only rule for entering the conversation. One may persuade, argue for a different point of view, or toss out something that has not been discussed so long as the tone remains part of a civil discussion. Only then can we find common ground and meaningful democratic change.

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