– Editor’s note:
The term “Fake News” has come to mean anything one does not like and mainly used as a vehicle to discredit another. This is almost identical to “Doublespeak,” the language implemented to deliberately disguise, reverse, distort and/or obscure the meaning of words.
“Doublespeak was never used in the 1984 novel [by Orwell] but it was a term coined much later after publication. Doublespeak combines the language of ‘newspeak,’ government invented to suppress the ability to develop treasonous ideas by the people… and ‘doublethink,’ a product of newspeak, which essentially means believing in two contradictory statements to be true at the same time… or saying one thing and meaning another,” quoting New Paradigm.
While being barraged with the ‘Fake News’ label, I applaud the outstanding work of journalists worldwide and especially the staffs of The New York Times and The Washington Post for meticulous reporting on Russia’s influence in the 2016 election, the Trump transition team and the 45th President’s administration. Call them trumpeters of the Deep State or Fake News as you will, their dogged determination to report the facts supported by public documents has led to a greater understanding for the American public in the midst of a deluge of Tweets and from Congressional leaders who have political interests that this information remain concealed.
The discrediting/trashing of this nation’s rule of law, attacks on federal judges [including his own Supreme Court pick Gorsuch] and the DOJ, and declaring America’s free press the “enemy of the people” has undermined and eroded America’s trust in their government even lower.
Indeed, even the Constitution of the United States is now under assault, the one document each elected official took an oath of office to uphold. The good news is that the light is being shined on all of the chicanery “on both sides, on both sides,” and the more light revealing what is “behind the curtain,” the more the public will act to take their mantle back in this Constitutional Republic which requires, indeed demands, public participation in their government.
In the words of Joseph Pulitzer, “Our republic and its press will rise or fall together.”
Click here for the list of Pulitzer Prize winners.
– Well stated by The Charlotte (NC) Observer Editorial Board:
“In era of ‘fake news,’ these journalists have real impact”
“It’s fashionable to argue that newspapers are dead, or at least rapidly dying. But this week’s unveiling of the 2018 Pulitzer Prizes is a heartening reminder of journalism’s strength in America today – and of the essential role journalists play.
“Newspapers and journalists of all kinds perhaps have never been under such duress. From changing business models. From a polarized body politic. From the president of the United States and other politicians of both parties who would rather operate in the dark.
“Those pressures are real. But they should not obscure the fact that every day, across the nation, thousands of reporters, editors and visual journalists are asking questions, breaking news, investigating public and private officials, explaining their country or community, and telling compelling stories.
“Today [April 17], we celebrate with the Pulitzer Prize judges these soldiers who fight for an informed public, occasionally even at great risk to themselves.”
Click here to read the entire editorial.
– UPDATE: April 20, 2018
“I’m a lifelong conservative and I support Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation”
“Trump’s attack on the Robert Mueller investigation is wrong and fails to put America first. He doesn’t get what made us great: We’re a nation of laws.”
By Rick Hall, Opinion contributor, USA Today.