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I Am Thankful for Freedom of the Press; by Historian Diane Ravitch

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'Trump’s efforts to silence the press is about the most contemptible element of his war against the Constitution and our democracy. Freedom of the press is an integral element of democracy. The press keeps us informed and holds politicians accountable. Like them or not, agree with them or not, they deserve the support and protection to write, think, speak, and report without fear. My blood runs cold whenever I hear Trump  say that the free press is the “enemy of the people.” The petty tyrant temporarily in the White House expects adulation. His skin is too thin for the job. Harry S Truman memorably said, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” Presidents and public officials get criticized. That’s part of their job.' 

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)
 

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It is especially chilling to hear assaults on the media coming from a man who is a compulsive liar e.g., Saudia Arabia is not the most important supplier of our oil supply, Canada is. Canada supplies 40% of our oil imports, Saudia Arabia supplies 9%.).

Fact Checker tracks everything Trump publicly says or tweets. Their ongoing analysis found that as of Oct. 30 he'd made 6,420 misleading or false claims since the beginning of his presidency, with a particularly robust tear right before the election as he rallied voters around the country.If President Trump's torrent of words has seemed overwhelming of late, there's a good reason for that.

In the first nine months of his presidency, Trump made 1,318 false or misleading claims , an average of five a day. But in the seven weeks leading up the midterm elections, the president made 1,419 false or misleading claims -- an average of 30 a day.

Combined with the rest of his presidency, that adds up to a total of 6,420 claims through Oct. 30, the 649th day of his term in office, according to The Fact Checker's database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president.

The flood of presidential misinformation has picked up dramatically as the president has barnstormed across the country, holding rallies with his supporters. Each of those rallies usually yields 35 to 45 suspect claims. But the president often has tacked on interviews with local media (in which he repeats the same false statements) and gaggles with the White House press corps before and after his trips.


Donald Trump is the enemy of our people, as history will demonstrate.

Submitted on Thursday, Nov 22, 2018 at 4:15:16 PM

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I think Pogo had it right. Finding an excuse for our nation by electing the perfect representation as target of our historical crimes cannot for long hide the fact. Btw MSM is bought and paid for.

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Quote, " I am thankful for the freedom of the press" Unquote.

What "press" are you talking about ? Surely your not referring to the media press ? L.O.L. the most despicable. lying, conniving S.O.B.'s the sun ever shone upon ??

After all this time and squillions of pages of LIES published by them ever since the ILLEGAL Invasion of Iraq, you still believe the "press" is FREE to tell the truth ???? WOW, incredible.


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The one that you talk on.

Submitted on Sunday, Nov 25, 2018 at 6:48:07 PM

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