You cannot believe the Press

Thomas Jefferson’s letter to John Norvell

I will add, that the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors.

It has been a year since I watched TV news or read newspapers and I don’t feel like I have missed anything. I get most of the relevant information by talking to my friends and colleagues.

graycat(via HackerNews)

From the Trump rally in Florida yesterday, I see a coincidence (different things the same in time and, thus, possibly with a common cause): (1) The First Lady of the US made what might be regarded as her first appearance as First Lady. (2) The First Lady recently won a libel law suit brought against a person associated with the press who had made vile comments about her. (3) Trump mentioned the Jefferson statement as if it was a way to tell the First Lady that vile press behavior was not unique to her or the Trump Administration but went back at least to Jefferson. (4) The First Lady started her speech with the Lord’s Prayer as it she had found that helpful in her reaction to the vile libel.

I have to guess that nearly all US citizens would be outraged at the vile libel against the First Lady and pleased if Jefferson’s statement, the Lord’s Prayer, her husband’s affectionate support, etc. helped her – I was. On “fascists and authoritarians”, during the campaign Trump was attacked with, apparently, about all the possibly somewhat damaging vile accusations that could be uttered. We all heard a lot of the accusations that were common – sexist, racist, misogynist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, fascist, bully, authoritarian and more. When I heard those, I looked right away, immediately following the accusations, for the supporting evidence or at least references to such evidence. I never saw solid versions of any such evidence.

The comment includes a link which details Trump’s fight against Palm Beach and ending the racism in the high end clubs. Make sure to read it.