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Freedom of the Press, Trump Some More, and Why I'm Proud to Be in the "Alternative Media"

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A Time Magazine photographer was slammed off a table onto the ground on Leap Day at a Donald Trump political event, in the middle of a Black Lives Matter protest. As he put it, he stepped 18 inches out of the "press pen," and was choked and slammed. He definitely was, you could hear the floor impact very clearly after he had bounced off the table.

This fellow, Chris Morris, must have thought he was actually allowed to do the job of the press, which is to relentlessly report the truth, and I have never yet heard that any member of the press restrained like this when he was obviously nowhere near the candidate. Correct me if I err: theoretically the Secret Service's job, and only job, there, is to protect the candidate.

We actually must hope that this is merely an isolated case of a Secret Service agent losing his cool. They are not perfect, but the USSS is usually a professional and competent bunch. The Trump campaign had nothing to do with the incident, which occurred in the midst of a Black Lives Matter protest that caused a temporary halt in the rally.
However, this is truly frightening-- doesn't frighten me personally, I'm an unterrorized American-- but then, this is not a message meant for patriots. This sort of incident cannot but send a message to mainstream America.

Trump and his rhetoric all work on people's fears and aggressions. Although Trump has gone as far as to indirectly threaten the prsee, for whom he has expressed outright contempt, even as they do his will by publicizing all he says and does, those who cheered the removal of the photographer rabidly are a bigger problem than Trump himself.

From such people could certainly arise a Sturmabteilung (SA), though it might not be as hardboiled and outright murderous as the one led by veterans of trench warfare in Germany after WWI, during the rise of the Nazis.

In Nazi Germany, Hitler, Goebbels and the crew manipulated the people into believing the palingenetic myth of Aryan superiority. In America, the mythos has degenerated into nothing more than American (and veiledly, European American) exceptionalism.

Trump may say he doesn't know who David Duke is-- a baldfaced lie, he theoretically (his run was theoretical) disavowed Professor Duke in 2000. He may say he has to read a list and say who he would disavow.

But Duke and unreconstructed White supremacists will take any disavowal lightly, because he's tailor-made for their type of activism.

I haven't seen a black at any Trump appearance I have watched live or on video, except for a few cops doing their jobs, until this rally. I'm not sure all the blacks at this one were Black Lives Matter protesters, though certainly some of them were. But there may actually be a few black Americans caught up in the circus.

I did see a couple of senior-citizen Orientals. However I haven't seen any Chinese-American or Vietnamese-American organizations coming out for him.

But hey, Trump's going down, either before the primary season is done because his Mafia associations are now coming to light, or in the general election by a landslide to either Democrat still running. Especially Bernie, who will positively eviscerate him in the debates if it gets that far. Sanders will cut Trump every way but loose.

However, stinkers like Les Moonves, the head of CBS, who says Trump may not be a good thing for America, but it's a damn good thing for CBS, because the money is rolling in from the circus, and therefore hopes he continues to thrive, should be called what they are for cheering on the degradation of the American democratic process: anti-American.

Mr. Moonves becomes a Hall-of-Fame member of journalistic irresponsibility. His plaque can take its place next to a Portland, Oregon AP Bureau Chief named Hugh Van Swearingen I met back in 1986 while I was pursuing my journalism degree at Oregon/Eugene.

This press high muck-a-muck of the era, who was at the university's Journalism School recruiting, told me over a beer at the local pub that it didn't matter to him if the government buried nuclear waste in a disastrously inappropriate location (the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, in Eddy County NM), because by the time the site is breached and the waste comes pouring out, he would be long gone.

People like that make me feel proud not to have doggedly pursued a career in print journalism in the mainstream media.
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