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How Democracy is Eroded – Censorship Calls by the Fake News

How Democracy is Eroded – Censorship Calls by the Fake News


Predictably, the teleprompter delusion has resurfaced following Trump’s first State of the Union address on Tuesday night. The often Trump-sceptical Republican pollster Frank Luntz produced a textbook case of the syndrome when he tweeted: “Tonight I owe Donald Trump an apology. Tonight, I was moved and inspired … tonight America is great again.”

This malady matters because it’s a symptom of normalisation, the urge to pretend Trump operates within the usual democratic boundaries when in fact he represents an alarming break from the norms that make liberal democracy possible.

Until now, these tendencies have been mostly confined to the US. But there is some troubling evidence that they are spreading beyond America’s shores. Witness the respectful reception the global 0.1% gave Trump at Davos last week and the chummy TV encounter between the president and Piers Morgan on Sunday. But an even more striking example came on Wednesday morning in the BBC’s most coveted interview slot, at 8.10am on Radio 4’s Today programme.

John Humphrys’s guest was Roger Stone, introduced only as a “political strategist”. The unsuspecting listener would not have known that Stone is in fact a notorious figure, one who cut his teeth as a bit player in the Nixon dirty tricks operation, and who was the youngest person called before the Watergate grand jury.

They would not have known that Stone was banned from Twitter last Octoberafter a litany of racist and abusive tweets directed at reporters. He was banned from CNN and MSNBC in 2016 (though he’s still welcome on Fox). Stone had tweeted that CNN pundit Roland Martin was a “stupid negro” and a “fat negro”. To Jill Abramson, former editor of the New York Times and now a Guardian contributor, he tweeted in caps: “DIE BITCH!” He called the columnist Gail Collins an “elitist c*nt”. In 2015, Stone dedicated a book on the Clintons he had co-written to one Victor Thorn, the author of “The Holocaust Hoax Exposed”, who blames 9/11 on a “Jewish plot”.

There’s more in that vein, but you get the idea. Which is not to say the BBC should necessarily have refused to put Stone on the air, but rather that if he was going to appear he needed to be challenged, and challenged hard. This is surely not a point lost on Humphrys, who revels in his reputation as a rottweiler interrogator.

Yet to Stone he was gentleness itself. First came the teleprompter delusion. “Is he a new Donald Trump?” Humphrys asked, marvelling that the “tone was so different” on Tuesday night. Stone was allowed to muse, uninterrupted, that Trump had “learned how to make the microphone come to him”, and that his tone was indeed warmer. “And less bellicose,” agreed Humphrys.

None of this was so much as mentioned on the Today programme. Instead, the usually ferocious Humphrys asked if the constant attacks on Trump “get to” the president. The result was that a man with a track record of racism and misogyny, with serious questions to answer about a scandal much graver than Watergate, was allowed unimpeded access to the BBC’s most prestigious slot. Which is how the abnormal is slowly made normal.

 Jonathan Freedland is a Guardian columnist




  1. Get ready because the Democrats are about to release their memo to undermine the credibility of the real FISA memo !
    Which means that the Democrats are aware of the content of the real FISA memo other ways how can you counter a memo if you haven’t read it ?

  2. They are desperate to stop this memo that in previous posts I wrote that I couldn’t understand on why it was classified and that it should be declassified !
    Warning if this last attempt by the Democrats in the cover-up of this FISA memo doesn’t work we will possibly see them staging false flags…
    I know about these bastards , they have a serious of attacks they perform on people they wan’t to undermine like:
    they kill your pet…
    then try to brake your property may that be a plate all the way to your car..
    then they stage car accidents involving you or someone near you..
    then if that doesn’t work they set your car on fire…
    then if that doesn’t work they set your house on fire…
    in between all that they threaten you with death by using car number plates letters like “w” or “k” or flowers or crosses indicating that you will die…
    or they use the color of cars like yellow signifying “you are getting close to dying” red signifying “you are very close to dying” and black signifying “you are about to dye”
    then they use cars like utes (truck) which represents a Hearse or funeral car…to carry the box…
    then to do their talking they get x number of cars with different sounding exhausts to go past your home…low noise means bad …
    also they employ police sirens as well as ambulance and Fire-brigade…warning you that you are about to be hurt …bad…
    one of their pet love is to use children screaming….telling you that you or someone are about to be hurt …bad…
    one more of their pet love is to use helicopters …which represent dying and going to haven…
    strange that a cult like this believes in “God” after murdering thousand a year!
    they also use audio listening devices in your home that they planted with inside… help ..and a few noise harnessing devices inside the TV fridge walls etc …
    There you have it, that’s how they talk to their victims and keep themselves out of jail ….no one can accuse them of harassment because they use things and noise to talk…
    I may have left a few things out of their alphabet …
    Very similar to the truck that hit the Republican train yesterday…


  3. Obama deportation program was up by 70% and the highest of any President before him…and talks about the need for a Wall to stop illegal aliens.
    “…..MR. RAMOS: Thank you very much. Mr. President, in San Salvador, we had the opportunity to have a conversation regarding deportation, and I was telling you that your government has deported more immigrants than any other President before. And you also told me that many students in the United States, even though they are undocumented, are not deported. But Karen Montinado (ph) sent us this video, and I wanted for you to watch it together with me, and I want for you to give me your opinion regarding her experience:

    Q My question for the President is why saying that deportations have stopped or the detention of many students like me? Why is it that we are still receiving deportation letters like this one?

    THE PRESIDENT: Well, Jorge, I said before we have re-designed our enforcement practices under the law to make sure that we’re focusing primarily on criminals. And so our deportation of criminals are up about 70 percent. Our deportation of non-criminals are down. And that’s because we want to focus our resources on those folks who are destructive to the community. And for a young person like that young woman that we just spoke to, who’s going to school, doing all the right things, we want them to succeed — which is why I have been such a strong proponent of the DREAM Act; why I reiterated during my — (applause) — why I reiterated during my State of the Union speech that we need to pass the DREAM Act. We came close in December. It almost happened.

    And for those students here who aren’t familiar with what the DREAM Act says, basically what it says is if you’re a young person who came to this country with your parents, even if you were undocumented when you came here but you were a child — you didn’t make the decision — you’ve grown up as an American child, and we want your talents here in the United States. And if you have done right in your community, if you’ve been studying hard, if you’ve been working in school, you should be able to go ahead and get a process towards legalization and a process whereby you can be a full-fledged citizen in this country.

    We almost were able to get it passed. We fell a few votes short. I believe that we can still get it done. But it’s going to be very important for all the viewers of Univision, all the students who are interested in this issue, we’ve got to keep the pressure up on Congress. And I have to say without being partisan that the majority of my party, the Democrats, I got their votes to get this passed, but we need a little bit of help from the other side. And so all of you need to contact your members of Congress, contact your members of the Senate, and let them know that this is something that is the right thing to do.

    America is a nation of laws, which means I, as the President, am obligated to enforce the law. I don’t have a choice about that. That’s part of my job. But I can advocate for changes in the law so that we have a country that is both respectful of the law but also continues to be a great nation of immigrants. And the DREAM Act is a perfect example of a law that can help fix this.
    Of course, I believe that we also have to have an even more comprehensive reform of our immigration system. It’s broken right now. We have to have secure borders. We have to make sure that businesses are not exploiting undocumented workers, but we have to have a pathway to citizenship for those who are just looking for a better life and contributing to our country. And I’ll continue to fight for that. (Applause.)
    MR. RAMOS: Mr. President, my question will be as follows: With an executive order, could you be able to stop deportations of the students? And if that’s so, that links to another of the questions that we have received through univision.com. We have received hundreds, thousand, all related to immigration and the students. Kay Tomar (ph) through univision.com told us — I’m reading — “What if at least you grant temporary protective status, TPS, to undocumented students? If the answer is yes, when? And if no, why not?”

    THE PRESIDENT: Well, first of all, temporary protective status historically has been used for special circumstances where you have immigrants to this country who are fleeing persecution in their countries, or there is some emergency situation in their native land that required them to come to the United States. So it would not be appropriate to use that just for a particular group that came here primarily, for example, because they were looking for economic opportunity.

    With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed — and I know that everybody here at Bell is studying hard so you know that we’ve got three branches of government. Congress passes the law. The executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws. And then the judiciary has to interpret the laws.

    There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President.

    That does not mean, though, that we can’t make decisions, for example, to emphasize enforcement on those who’ve engaged in criminal activity. It also doesn’t mean that we can’t strongly advocate and propose legislation that would change the law in order to make it more fair, more just, and ultimately would help young people who are here trying to do the right thing and whose talents we want to embrace in order to succeed as a country. (Applause.)

    MR. RAMOS: You mentioned minutes ago — you talked about the DREAM Act. And you talk to parents and teachers and one of the things of the educational system in the United States is it allows them to go to elementary school and secondary studies, high school, but it doesn’t allow them to go to college. And Sonia Marlene (ph) has a question regarding the DREAM Act. And students have been frightened and they are saying publicly that they are undocumented and they are being at risk of deportation…….”


  4. Have a read how Obama stopped children at the border and the beefing up of the border that he and Hillary criticized Trump for:
    ____November 20, 2014
    The President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions will help secure the border, hold nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants accountable, and ensure that everyone plays by the same rules. Acting within his legal authority, the President is taking an important step to fix our broken immigration system.

    These executive actions crack down on illegal immigration at the border, prioritize deporting felons not families, and require certain undocumented immigrants to pass a criminal background check and pay their fair share of taxes as they register to temporarily stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation.

    These are common sense steps, but only Congress can finish the job. As the President acts, he’ll continue to work with Congress on a comprehensive, bipartisan bill—like the one passed by the Senate more than a year ago—that can replace these actions and fix the whole system.

    Three critical elements of the President’s executive actions are:

    Cracking Down on Illegal Immigration at the Border: The President’s actions increase the chances that anyone attempting to cross the border illegally will be caught and sent back. Continuing the surge of resources that effectively reduced the number of unaccompanied children crossing the border illegally this summer, the President’s actions will also centralize border security command-and-control to continue to crack down on illegal immigration.
    Deporting Felons, Not Families: The President’s actions focus on the deportation of people who threaten national security and public safety. He has directed immigration enforcement to place anyone suspected of terrorism, violent criminals, gang members, and recent border crossers at the top of the deportation priority list.
    Accountability – Criminal Background Checks and Taxes: The President is also acting to hold accountable those undocumented immigrants who have lived in the US for more than five years and are parents of U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents. By registering and passing criminal and national security background checks, millions of undocumented immigrants will start paying their fair share of taxes and temporarily stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation for three years at a time.
    The President’s actions will also streamline legal immigration to boost our economy and will promote naturalization for those who qualify.

    For more than a half century, every president—Democratic or Republican—has used his legal authority to act on immigration. President Obama is now taking another commonsense step. As the Administration implements these executive actions, Congress should finish the job by passing a bill like the bipartisan Senate bill that: continues to strengthen border security by adding 20,000 more Border Patrol agents; cracks down on companies who hire undocumented workers; creates an earned path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who pay a fine and taxes, pass a background check, learn English and go to the back of the line; and boosts our economy and keeps families together by cutting red tape to simplify our legal immigration process.


    Under the Obama Administration, the resources that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) dedicates to security at the Southwest border are at an all-time high. Today, there are 3,000 additional Border Patrol agents along the Southwest Border and our border fencing, unmanned aircraft surveillance systems, and ground surveillance systems have more than doubled since 2008. Taken as a whole, the additional boots on the ground, technology, and resources provided in the last six years represent the most serious and sustained effort to secure our border in our Nation’s history, cutting illegal border crossings by more than half.

    And this effort is producing results. From 1990 to 2007, the population of undocumented individuals in the United States grew from 3.5 million to 11 million people. Since then, the size of the undocumented population has stopped growing for the first time in decades. Border apprehensions—a key indicator of border security— are at their lowest level since the 1970s.
    This past summer, the President and the entire Administration responded to the influx of unaccompanied children with an aggressive, coordinated Federal response focused on heightened deterrence, enhanced enforcement, stronger foreign cooperation, and greater capacity for Federal agencies to ensure that our border remains secure. As a result, the number of unaccompanied children attempting to cross the Southwest border has declined precipitously, and the Administration continues to focus its resources to prevent a similar situation from developing in the future.

    To build on these efforts and to ensure that our limited enforcement resources are used effectively, the President has announced the following actions:

    Shifting resources to the border and recent border crossers. Over the summer, DHS sent hundreds of Border Patrol agents and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel to the Southwest border, and the Department of Justice (DOJ) reordered dockets in immigration courts to prioritize removal cases of recent border crossers. This continued focus will help keep our borders safe and secure. In addition, Secretary Johnson is announcing a new Southern Border and Approaches Campaign Plan which will strengthen the efforts of the agencies who work to keep our border secure. And by establishing clearer priorities for interior enforcement, DHS is increasing the likelihood that people attempting to cross the border illegally will be apprehended and sent back.
    Streamlining the immigration court process. DOJ is announcing a package of immigration court reforms that will address the backlog of pending cases by working with DHS to more quickly adjudicate cases of individuals who meet new DHS-wide enforcement priorities and close cases of individuals who are low priorities. DOJ will also pursue regulations that adopt best practices for court systems to use limited court hearing time as efficiently as possible.
    Protecting victims of crime and human trafficking as well as workers. The Department of Labor (DOL) is expanding and strengthening immigration options for victims of crimes (U visas) and trafficking (T visas) who cooperate in government investigations. An interagency working group will also explore ways to ensure that workers can avail themselves of their labor and employment rights without fear of retaliation.

  5. Obama Has Deported More People Than Any Other President
    How many people have been deported under Obama?
    President Barack Obama has often been referred to by immigration groups as the “Deporter in Chief.”
    Between 2009 and 2015 his administration has removed more than 2.5 million people through immigration orders, which doesn’t include the number of people who “self-deported” or were turned away and/or returned to their home country at the border by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

    Deported people data

  6. Obama says “No I can’t” to the Dreamers….

    “Yes, we can” has become “No, we can’t.” Disappointing many immigrant advocates, the White House has signaled that it will not be taking action to protect DREAMers.
    DREAMers are the young people brought to this country illegally by their parents, 740,000 of whom signed up for President Barack Obama’s program granting temporary deportation deferral: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Although House Democrats have asked Obama to use his power to pardon DACA recipients, that doesn’t seem likely right now.

  7. Obama vetting procedures allowed Iraqi terrorists into U.S.
    Take some parts of this with a pinch of salt ..
    Obama relaxed the vetting procedure to get this guy into the US to organize Obama’ proxy army ISIS and relay instructions to ISIS in Syria…he didn’t just suspend vetting for other then this reason I gave here.
    Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab in 2012 was among the first Iraqi refugees to enter the U.S. after President Obama lifted a six-month freeze on such entries as his aides tightened a shaky vetting process.
    Once on U.S. soil, it took Al-Jayab a matter of weeks to embrace terrorism. He began chatting on social media about his support for the Islamic State and bragging about the killings he committed in Syria. By November 2013, he was on his way back to Syria to fight for one of the bloodiest terrorist groups in history.
    In Syria, he posted: “America will not isolate me from my Islamic duty. Only death will do us part.” After fighting in Syria, he returned to the U.S. in January 2014 and settled in Sacramento, California.
    Al-Jayab twice cleared what was supposed to be an improved vetting procedure.

  8. We have to know who requested the FISA Court order first, then we can worry about investigating who in the FBI was involved!
    No point concentrating on the FBI we need the big fish like Obama & Hillary that means an investigation has to be started by the Government to investigate all of whom were involved same as the Dems are doing with the Russian nothing-burger …then each testimony will implicate others that were involved and that will lead us to the big fish we want…

  9. What kind of FISA Court Judge would approve a wiretap order based on fabricated gossip of a potential Not yet elected President ?
    I’ll tell you ..a Judge that told the requester…”…give me any reason…” and I’ll sign anything !
    Don’t be fulled … the Judge was in it too…

  10. To detox the planet from the shadow Governments and their censorship we need a New WorldWideWeb…independent from outside control and free from Facebook Google Twitter whatsapp etc.

  11. The credibility of the Memo has been proven by the fact that the FBI requested the Memo not to be released under National security grounds…but the FBI didn’t tell the Democrats to stop their Memo under the same grounds!
    Strange !
    If the FBI tried to stop the Memo what are the Democrats basing the credibility of their Memo on if the FBI has confirmed the credibility of the first declassified Memo?

  12. It was initiated by artificial computer automated selloff in Wall Street which created panic in the real investors which also tried to sell to reduce losses which made the price of shares also fall because of oversupply !
    Next week it will go up again because Wall Street that caused this artificial selloff will not want to loose anymore money to do a favor to whom created this false market fall !
    Trump created 2.5 million jobs 1.3 trillions in tax cuts which translates in more money in the back pockets for business and workers alike!
    Next week you will eat your words…
    How come Trump’s name is never mention in the News when Wall Street is at the highest point since 2011 ?
    Read here:
    Regulators blame computer algorithm for stock market ‘flash crash’

  13. The main trigger for the sudden decline, the report suggests, was a large sell order in “e-mini” futures on the S&P 500 index by an unnamed mutual-fund group (reportedly Waddell & Reed). Because this automated “algorithmic” trade was programmed to take account of trading volume, not price or time, it was executed unusually rapidly: in 20 minutes, instead of the several hours that would be typical for such an order.

    This is where high-frequency trading firms (HFTs) enter the story. These outfits zip in and out of shares, often holding them for less than a second. This fickleness has attracted criticism, with some accusing them of undermining market stability. HFTs initially helped to absorb the sell pressure, buying e-mini contracts. Ten minutes later, however, they began forcefully selling to reduce their “long” positions. The sell algorithm used by the mutual fund responded to this increased volume by increasing the rate at which it fed orders into the market, creating a negative feedback loop.

  14. SEC, CFTC blame algorithm for ‘flash crash’
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — A massive, automated trade drove two liquidity crises and created the “flash crash” on May 6 that rattled markets and upended investor confidence worldwide, according to regulators Friday.

    The Securities and Exchange Commission and Commodity Futures Trading Commission released a long-awaited report that comes in the wake of the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s DJIA, -4.60% sudden drop of nearly 1,000 points on May 6. At one point that afternoon, the Dow dropped 481 points in six minutes and then had recovered 502 points just 10 minutes later.

  15. No it is not Trump’s responsibility the Market’s speculative nature!
    Buy and Sell is the Market’s speculative nature! No logic !
    I looked at the data and here it goes:
    US markets are down by an average of -2.8%
    but Gold is Up by +0.76%…!
    So if we minus Gold from the -2.8% of the US Market we have a total of -2.1% and Not the -4.5% the media spins!
    The EU markets are even better by not even moving down that much:
    EU markets are down by an average of -1.39%.
    Asia markets are down by an average of -3.24%
    Hardly a market collapse !
    Stop spinning the news!
    Click on each market then + all the negatives % together and divide by how many you added together and you have the average !
    Subtract the Gold from the negative % you added up!

  16. How is releasing a FISA Court Memo going to undermine National security when the Memo exposes the spying of Donald Trump by Obama and that’s it?

  17. Gore Obama and others told the world of the worming of the globe but the weather News report that the latest snow storm that dumped in the US was because of a particular and singular event …but now we have Russia experiencing a similar cold blast with lots of snow !
    So global warming isn’t happening so stop having meetings about global warming around the world at our expense and talk about 2° !

  18. It is all over…Are you going to report the biggest correction ?
    Dow rebounds more than 550 points !
    Dow closes up 2.3%, biggest one-day percentage gain since Jan. 29, 2016
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +2.33% gained 567.02 points, or 2.3%, to 24.912.77, recovering half of the steep losses booked on Monday. The S&P 500 index SPX, +1.74% rose 46.20 points, or 1.7% to 2,695.14, while the Nasdaq Composite COMP, +2.13% gained 148.36 points, or 2.1% to 7,115.88.


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