Josh Ritter.

September 4, 2020

My heart goes out to all those who are hurting right now. The actions, the rhetoric, the inhumanities, the indignities large and small, the fear. Sometimes it feels as if we are being torn apart. Remember that they want it to feel that way. That’s what they need. We know better.

Scorched earth.

He continues his trajectory to burn our institutions. Why do people named not come forward and confirm his destruction? Without compassion, empathy, sympathy, or love, he must have sold his soul long ago.

Voice of America, now Stars & Stripes. His and his father’s disdain for the military, not the Pentagon, but the service members, continues. 

The Guardian

Stars and Stripes traces its origins to Bloomfield, Missouri, in November 1861, when troops under the future president Ulysses S Grant took over the printing press of a Confederate sympathiser.

It has traditionally provided news free of government censorship, often critical of military and civilian commanders, and is delivered daily to troops around the world, even on frontlines.

Voice of America

Massachusetts [D] Senator Elizabeth Warren called it corruption. In a tweet, she said: “Steve Bannon’s buddy Michael Pack should understand that Voice of America’s programming is supposed to support freedom and democracy around the world.”

How Trump’s obsessions with media and loyalty coalesced in a battle for Voice of America

The swift purge of former appointees has increased the worry among Democrats and press freedom advocates that the Trump administration is attempting to gain control over an independent but federally funded media organization with among the largest audiences in the world. On its own, the Voice of America delivers television and radio programs to 236.6 million people — and in some countries dominated by state media, it is the only free and unshackled news source.

“If those in charge of our society – politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves.” 

-Howard Zinn

Propaganda presents one view of an issue as if it were an absolute truth.

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