On November 9th, 2016 I swore to never watch television news again. These fake members of the fourth estate were complicit with Trump and aided him in his victory in the Electoral College.
A few facts. The fabled ‘Fourth Estate’ no longer exists. The press was guaranteed the right to tell the truth to the American people by the first amendment. The intention of our founding fathers was to expose corruption within the inner circles of our government. Broadcast news and the right-wing propaganda machine, Fox, have not offered the full truth or exposed blatant corruption for decades.
In 1980 Ted Turner began the first 24-hour “news” network he called CNN. Since that day advertising became more important than the truth or what I claim to be ‘real news.’ No longer were facts important; sensationalism became the priority. Viewership statistics result in advertising; advertising created profit.
During the greatest years of television news reporters such as Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow, Chet Huntley, David Brinkley, and others reported the facts on their nightly news broadcasts without offering opinions. They were paid far less than the entertainers who portrayed characters on sitcoms and dramas.
Today’s fake journalists on ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox are paid to offer biased opinions and slant the facts towards one political view with salaries exceeding their abilities and their value to the American people. Every major news anchor on these networks is paid millions of dollars to tell half-truths and create stories which are designed to increase ratings.
An important fact which reveals the intentions of the current presidential administration. On inauguration day, January 20, 2017, America had 585 billionaires and 10.1 million millionaires. Today, just three years later, there are 704 billionaires and 18.6 million millionaires. Fake television journalists have been rewarded by Trump for their refusal to expose his crimes against America.
The most important fact for me is based on the failure of television fake news personalities during the 2016 campaign. Two factors gifted the Electoral College to Trump on November 8, 2016. Russia used social media to influence voters in 2016, and the television media held Trump to the lowest possible standard, while Hillary Clinton forced was to achieve a standard which was nearly impossible to attain.
Trump’s election team was constantly allowed to avoid answering questions while levying fallacious attacks against Mrs. Clinton.
The ‘fourth estate’ ceased to exist in 2003. Fearful of being ‘shut out’ from the dissemination of critical information, they agreed to hide aspects of the facts which revealed the corruption of the Bush 43 administration. This failure has multiplied since the nomination of Donald John Trump.
The impeachment of only the third sitting president in America’s history was downplayed by television news. The truth has been hidden from the American people by Republicans and the television media. Trump’s crimes were far more egregious than Andrew Johnson’s, or Bill Clinton’s. Even Richard Nixon, who resigned for crimes similar to Trump’s, did not commit crimes which endangered the security of the United States of America. The Trump Party, led by Moscow Mitch McConnell, continue to protect the first illegitimate and un-American president although his acts were acts of treason against his country.
Americans must never forget or ignore the facts. The television media and the Trump Party aided Trump in destroying democracy. He is now above the law; the Constitution; and has become the fascist leader of a once respected democratic country.
I will not surrender to Trump or his party. I love my country; not Trump’s America; but the country of our founding fathers. I will never accept the most immoral and mentally incompetent man in the world as my president. I will remain loyal to the 44 presidents who preceded him. Many of them had faults and even committed crimes against their country for personal gain, but all of them loved their country, including Richard Nixon.
“The Truth Lives Here”
Op-ed by James Turnage
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