Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Common Dreams:
"Angry Rhode Island voters overwhelmed a community dinner hosted by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse on Sunday evening, demanding an explanation as to why the Democratic lawmaker was not doing enough to resist U.S. President Donald Trump.

Specifically, the crowd took issue with the fact that Whitehouse was one of 14 Democrats who voted last week to confirm Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) to head the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), illustrating the backlash likely to befall other Democratic lawmakers who are similarly failing to challenge Trump and his nominees.

In a Facebook call to action, protest organizers blasted Whitehouse and fellow Rhode Island lawmaker Sen. Jack Reed for breaking 'with the majority of their Democratic colleagues to vote in support of Trump's frightening pick for CIA director,' who they described as 'a Tea Party congressman who has supported torture and has a disturbing history of anti-Muslim rhetoric and climate change denial.' "

-->The NYT likes Democrats who play nice with right wing fascists. It didn't print this story. The last thing our newspaper of record ever wants to do is to encourage resistance in the streets.


"The nomination of billionaire voucher enthusiast Betsy DeVos for secretary of Education comes after nearly two decades of a largely bipartisan consensus around “education reform.” That consensus, repeated for years in the pages of the New York Times and the Washington Post, posits, first and foremost, that public schools are failing.

They are, the narrative goes, especially failing the nation’s most vulnerable students. That failure is presented, by education reformers and corporate media pundits alike, not as a result of inequality or poverty or resource scarcity, but of public education itself. The solution, pioneered by pro-privatization reformers and repeated by newspapers since the George W. Bush years, sounds both innocuous and innovative: school choice."

-->Yes, the NYT wants to privatize public education, and Fairness and Accuracy in Media shows you how the major media supports this radical destruction of our nation's public schools.


The Economist:
"America, which has long defined itself as a standard-bearer of democracy for the world, has become a 'flawed democracy' according to the taxonomy used in the annual Democracy Index from the Economist Intelligence Unit, our sister company. Although its score did not fall by much—from 8.05 in 2015 to 7.98 in 2016—it was enough for it to slip just below the 8.00 threshold for a 'full democracy'. It joins France, Greece and Japan in the second-highest tier of the index.

The downgrade was not a consequence of Donald Trump. Rather, it was caused by the same factors that led Mr Trump to the White House: a continued erosion of trust in government and elected officials, which the index measures using data from global surveys. In total, it incorporates 60 indicators across five broad categories: electoral process and pluralism, functioning of government, political participation, democratic political culture and civil liberties...

Norway keeps its spot at the top with a near-perfect 9.93 out of 10."

-->The NYT and most American media did not report this story. The two party, corrupt political system failed our citizenry, not a popular idea in our corporate controlled press.

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