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Muzzling the Press

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: GOP Fascism, media bias, Republican Reich, Robert Reich )

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TomCat S (127)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 2:42 pm
The Republican Reich has plans to muzzle the press, because there is nothing Republicans won’t do to hide accurate information from the American people. Fortunately for us there is another Reich, the Reich on the Left, who is virtually always right, Robert Reich. Here is his take on the sublet.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 2:47 pm
Well. After we laugh, we cry, we say "I told you so," what do we do next? David Brinkley's take, is, of course classic - but that isn't what they are afraid of. They are afraid that an informed populace which resista will be ungovernable by totalitarian tactics - and that, of course, has happened. I guess the onus is on us to research and inform to the best of our ability.


Pat B (356)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 3:01 pm
1. "No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices."
2. "We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it."
*The words of Edward R. Murrow - reporter for CBS.

David C (108)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 3:18 pm

Sheryl G (360)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 4:04 pm
I feel like I'm being muzzled on here.....can't use my personal message box and the captcha took forever when I could. Think I'm about done on this site. Good luck all. Hold down the ship, I'm ready to turn in my oars.

pam w (139)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 4:37 pm

Sheryl G (360)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 5:17 pm
Thanks Pam and I appreciate that. I've been on here for 10 years, seldom missed a day, and have jumped through all the hurdles. It use to be fun on here, and I still find many of the people I have grown to care about on here, but far more have left and fewer are coming on board.

This inability to use my PM box to contact people, and trying to see those fuzzy photos of captcha I guess is for the younger eyes. I feel we should not require that captcha between already connected friends, we do know each other, why do I have to do that each time?

I can see outside our friendship lists having to do it but not between connected friends. It's my "personal messages" no one can use that but me and if I'm connected to someone they know who I am already, I also know them. I'm not a spammer if you are connected to me for years.

Seems some kind of coding would be able to allow us to contact via our PM's without doing captcha each time. My time is valuable as well and it is too slow, and now I can't even use the PM anyways.

So I'm clearing things through and taking a vacation......perhaps in a month I'll check back see if things are better. But for now......I'm tired of it. Was a good 10 year run. I'll still throw some news on, whoever sees it I guess sees it., but the other things I use to share with connected friends among ourselves are gone, it isn't the same. As I said, the joy is gone and my hands are tied to be as useful in the activism end of things.

Have a good night everyone.

Glennis W (395)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 6:37 pm
4 sad years on the way, No's all the way. even the people downunder are really concerned. good article Thank you for caring and sharingTomCat

Mitchell D (86)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 6:44 pm
Reich is right, Murrow was right, and THE one to stand up to Fascist, alcoholic, Sen. McCarthy!
The excuses for the potential switch of the news conferences is TYPICAL FAKE NEWS, AND BULLSHIT of the GOPigs!

pam w (139)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 9:35 pm
Dandelion...if you're reading this...please remember that we need one another to stand up and RESIST. Just think about that, please. I know it's frustrating and I know it's easy to just give up--but now, more than ever, we need to be connected and strong. ((((hugs))))

Dawnie W (250)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 9:38 pm
❤️Noted...Dandelion you have joined my club...I can't send messages either, can't edit my home page, can't send cards. I'm amazed I can still do anything at all. I have to write on friends home pages to send a message. Thank goodness for small mercies. Dandelion please don't give up because we would all miss you very much and be the poorer for it. I always value your opinion. Hang in there and pray they fix it all soon!❤️

❤️Thank you kindly TomCat❤️

💕💛ღ❤️Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ💕♥L💜ve, Hugs and Peace go with you all♥💕Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ❤️ღ💛💕

Katie & Bill D (107)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 11:41 pm
I don't think anything was ever wrong with the room they had been using but we all know someone had to change it!
We all mat be surprised soon.
Thank you TomCat

Lynn Squance (235)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 11:53 pm
If a "leader" controls the press, that leader also controls the people because it is the press that facilitates the flow of information to the people. If the leader cannot control all of the press, then the leader demonises it.

I have started reading "Winter Is Coming" by Garry Kasparov. In it, he shows how Putin moved early on to control the press. All dictators try to control the press because it helps to control the people and maintain a façade of plausibiity.

Oh for the days of Walter Cronkite and other respected journalists who had the courage to report the truth.



Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 11:58 pm
Now you know why BREXIT was successful.

Also, you have to pay attention to WHO controls the Press/Media machine, and recognize that alternative press/media sources are now vital to the health of democracy.

BTW, Garry Kasparov is a former World Chess Champion, who has one of the highest ever IQ AND ELO (chess ranking) ratings.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 11:59 pm
I agree with what Dandelion is saying. If you value people like Dandelion, start SHOUTING at Eric in CARE2 Technical support, and get him to actually fix issues, instead of plastering over them.

Ted W (127)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 12:04 am
Noted, forwarded and shared ultra-liberally across four networks! Silencing the press: just a step closer to a totally facist regime!! Many thanks for sharing, TomCat!!

Ben O (140)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 3:07 am
"A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom,
the press will never be anything but bad"
(Albert Camus)

Edwin M (346)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 3:44 am
I'm no psychic but I'm making a prediction that this administration will be the source of scandals never before witnessed in past administrations. I hope with all the obstructions that will be thrown in their way the press will remain vigilant. Thank you Dandelion for expressing your frustration and ours, I too would visit and participate more in the past, I would frequently send cards to my friends but it got to the point that every time I sent a card I would receive the message that this card may not have been sent so I gave up. I have met some wonderful caring people here and am very thankful for that but until issues are addressed and corrected my participation shall remain limited.

Lona G (67)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 5:27 am
Although not hard to see it coming, Reich is spot on. The muzzling of the media has started, more will follow.

It's time to separate the wheat from the chaff and have independent media unite, stand together and fight for the freedom of press in America. If politicians aren't capable of putting the country's interest before their own, it's up to the press to preserve the last bit of democracy.

George L (0)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 7:22 am
Thanks for sharing.

Sheryl G (360)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 7:27 am
Thank you Edwin, Darren, Dawn, and Pam. I will still be active Pam, I've been a lifelong activist since I was 16 and joined in with the anti war marches against our involvement of Vietnam. Laid my body down in the road trying to prevent a Nuke Plant from being built, have done many things over the years for various causes I believe in. Took my children with me so they learned about civic responsibility and now I take my granddaughter......she was the youngest Occupier in our area at age 3, she worked hard for Bernie and is now proudly wearing her Green Party shirt.

C2 was one format to use, but my effectiveness on it has diminished with all the glitches and problems one after another. I still give physical talks for the environment when asked to do so locally, I'm part of a local Our Revolution group via Bernie Sanders, a brand new Green Party has started up in our local area that did not exist before and I'm part of that. I run a Women's Circle offering teaching via the native teachings, I joined FB which I thought I'd never do, so I am busy, I'm still doing activism, and as for resisting, us natives have been resisting for 500 years.

As with Edwin, I'll not go away completely but until issues are fixed on here my time also will be limited. My apologies Tom for using your thread this way, but I've no other way to notify people except through open threads with my PM not working.

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 10:03 am
Noted, Thanks

Dot A (182)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 10:22 am
The Web of confusion is only getting stickier and more tacky. What we used to call - the age of information - is looking more like the age of confusion and mass delusions. Why else would this country elect such a person as the ego maniac Trump? Ethics and money don't seem to mix at all in this age of 'greed is good.' The Trump corporation will keep truth out of the public domain as he did to gain his supporters, who may like his tactics because they do the same. The age of information and getting the truth has just become a hell of a lot more challenging. I don't see any easy roads out of this debacle. Humanity is being challenged by the acceleration of social media, unchecked and driven by the emotions of fear, the greed of the power mongers, the delusions of personalities craving attention that they don't deserve. However, our connections with clear thinking, good hearted people, must continue for the evolution through this quagmire to the betterment of all life. It is the 'good' fight!

TomCat S (127)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 10:37 am
Thanks hugs and stars to all.

Sheryl, I've signed a petition to that effect, and my almost daily messages explaining some of the problems goes to Care2 Support.


Sheryl G (360)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 11:24 am
Looks like your pleas for help Tom isn't going anywhere either.

Arielle S (313)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 12:15 pm
Sheryl, we all sympathize and have the same issues - but now of all times, we need desperately to fight and fight hard....this is one place we can do that. Maybe Eric needs help - or a long vacation?
As for the press...We have to support them, too, or we're all doomed...

Patrick Donovan (344)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 1:30 pm
Dandelion, I've had the same problems with PMs and other areas (lost my profile page twice) and eventually all I get now is the occasional distorted page. I hope you get straigthened out sooner than later. Take care.

Vivian B (169)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 1:51 pm
Oh, GOD! One day closer!

Kathleen Mireault (211)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 2:11 pm
Noted. Thx TC. Do understand your frustration, Dandelion. Will sorely miss your presence on C2. You were one of my first Friends when I joined just over three years ago. Hopefully the site will get its effing act together soon! Take good care, and thank you!

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 3:53 pm
Noted, Thank you

fly b (26)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 3:54 pm
noted -

maybe the 'press' will be less 'muzzled' and spinning even more...

Trish K (29)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 4:30 pm
I think he is afraid of the Press. After all - they ask questions and he has no idea what they are talking about. He is also afraid his head will explode from ignorance on live TV .

Winn A (179)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 6:20 pm
We need the press now more than ever!!!!!!!!!

Chen Boon Fook (0)
Saturday January 21, 2017, 8:59 am
thanks for sharing

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday January 26, 2017, 1:36 am
When someone posts news from Alternative Press/Media sources (Alternet, Common Dreams, The Intercept, Democracy Now, Abby Martin's Empire Files, anything from Chris Hedges, Noam Chomsky, John Pilger, etc.etc.etc.), we should be sharing that widely, to raise and spread awareness that there ARE healthy alternative news sources.
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