Saturday News: “Trump’s sour Virginia cocktail”; “Trump Campaign’s Bizarre Obsession With Hillary...

Saturday News: “Trump’s sour Virginia cocktail”; “Trump Campaign’s Bizarre Obsession With Hillary Clinton’s Brain”

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, August 20. Also check out President Obama’s weekly address, in which he “commemorated the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and encouraged Americans to ‘Find Your Park.'” Obama adds that “As we look ahead, the threat of climate change means that protecting our public lands and waters is more important than ever…Rising temperatures could mean no more glaciers in Glacier National Park. No more Joshua Trees in Joshua Tree National Park. Rising seas could destroy vital ecosystems in the Everglades, even threaten Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.”

  • Quizzical

    I saw this article as worth noting:
    http://theweek.com/articles/642542/hate-donald-trump-but-media-really-treating-unfairly
    The media has never been fair in Presidential politics. Trump got to be the Republican nominee by exploiting that. In fact, his campaign consisted of little else than the ability to manipulate the media. Now they have turned on him, and he deserves that.

    I remember how Carter, Dukakis, Gore, and Kerry were all treated unfairly by the media, and they were all better candidates than Trump. Trump is reaping what he sowed.

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us/ lowkell

    Video: Does Trump or Trump on Teleprompter Have Regrets? “Hillary for America is launching a new video on social media called “No Regrets” that reveals the real Donald Trump’s record of making divisive and insulting remarks and then refusing to say he regrets them or apologizing. Last night, Donald Trump speaking on teleprompter said he regretted the things he’s said in this campaign that cause people pain without detailing which ones.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5BNzXd6080&index=1&list=PLXlk_TEo7Llxi5LqDR8q7DyaLt7AtQGGi

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us/ lowkell

    Dan Rather is quickly becoming one of my favorite people on Facebook:

    Yesterday, as I watched an abominable amount of coverage about the Olympic swimmers who claimed to have been robbed in Rio and nary a mention of the ongoing floods of Louisiana, I vented my frustration in a fit of pique on my Facebook page. I didn’t say all that much, other than the news media should be doing a whole lot better. It’s something I believe strongly and sensed that many other people feel that way as well. All that being said, I never expected the response my words have gotten, and are continuing to get more than 12 hours later. This is a tribute, not to anything I said, but to you. And more than the amount of likes or even shares, it’s the thoughtfulness of your comments that is truly beyond remarkable.

    You are performing a vital role in getting the word out about this ongoing disaster. You have shared heartbreaking personal stories from the flood zone, and pictures worthy of photojournalism awards. You have explained in detail the current situation and the level of federal, state, and local response. You have spoken passionately about the gumption, resourcefulness, and community spirit in Louisiana. You have debated (almost entirely in a civil manner) questions around climate change, what types of topographies people should inhabit, and whether it helps or hurts to have a presidential visit at this point. Those of you outside of Louisiana have also shared weather stories that have been overlooked in your areas – mostly floods, naturally, in places like West Virginia, Nashville, and my home state of Texas. I am impressed, and I am reminded once again of the common decency of the American people.

    I admit that I was rather late to social media and am still trying to feel my through it. But as a journalist I see the potential for an exciting future for news and reporting. There are so many stories that are overlooked that deserve attention. Often they are the ones in which the precipitating crisis has passed, but the forces of disruption continue. Here are just a few on my mind this morning – How are the American service men and women still in Afghanistan holding up? And what about their families back home? What is going on in Flint Michigan these days with its water? How well has Haiti rebuilt after its devastating earthquake? I could go on and on. I am sure you have your own list as well.

    I am trying to figure out the best way to harness the power of Facebook to bring to the world news that is being overlooked. I still believe that there is an important role for professionally trained journalists. I think if given the choice most of them would far rather report on news of substance than fluff. They can use all of our help to make the case to their corporate bosses that there is a hunger for quality journalism. So when you see a good article or news report, please share it.

    As social media and other tools develop, there will be a place for greater innovation in reporting and news gathering. And it won’t all be about the latest celebrity gossip. We want better. We deserve better. And we will demand better. I believe that more today than I have in quite some time.