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Saturday News: Fidel Castro Dead; Trump’s “Caldron of Conflicts” Huge Threat to Integrity of Government


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, November 26.

  • True Blue

    This is one of my greatest concerns: that journalism in Trump world is in danger; that he will do everything to shut down publicity that doesn’t feed his ego; that he railed on NBC for a photo that showed his double chin(s); and that he ranted about CNN even though he had his “plant” Lewandowski on the propaganda payroll, double-dipping. My charitable donations will now include protecting the fourth estate.

    “Christiane Amanpour has always been one of the most straight-shooting journalists on the air and in print. She accepted an award Tuesday for lifetime achievement from the Committee to Protect Journalists.”

    “During her acceptance speech, she warned about the danger to journalists in the United States, and about how “neutrality” has compromised truth. She also called upon journalists to “recommit to robust fact-based reporting without fear or favor — on the issues.””

    “I never in a million years thought I would be up here on stage appealing for the freedom and safety of American journalists at home.”

    “Ladies and gentlemen, I added the bits from candidate Trump as a reminder of the peril we face. I actually hoped that once president-elect, all that that would change, and I still do. But I was chilled when the first tweet after the election was about “professional protesters incited by the media.” He walked back the part about the protesters but not the part about the media.”

    “We are not there but postcard from the world: this is how it goes with authoritarians like Sisi, Erdoğan, Putin, the Ayatollahs, Duterte, et al.
    As all the international journalists we honor in this room tonight and every year know only too well”:

    “First the media is accused of inciting, then sympathizing, then associating–until they suddenly find themselves accused of being full-fledged terrorists and subversives. Then they end up in handcuffs, in cages, in kangaroo courts, in prison–and then who knows?”

    “Just to say, Erdoğan has just told my Israeli colleague Ilana Dayan that he cannot understand why anyone’s protesting in America, it must mean they don’t accept–or understand–democracy! And he thinks America, like all great countries, needs a strongman to get things done!”

    “A great America requires a great and free and safe press. So this above all is an appeal to protect journalism itself.”

  • Two ways to respond to the death of a foreign leader: 1) Barack Obama, with class and intelligence; 2) Trump, with neither of those things.


    • Robert Reich:

      These two statements responding to the death of Fidel Castro tell you more about the people who made them than about Castro.

      Here is President Obama’s:

      “At this time of Fidel Castro’s passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people. We know that this moment fills Cubans – in Cuba and in the United States – with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him. For nearly six decades, the relationship between the United States and Cuba was marked by discord and profound political disagreements. During my presidency, we have worked hard to put the past behind us, pursuing a future in which the relationship between our two countries is defined not by our differences but by the many things that we share as neighbors and friends – bonds of family, culture, commerce, and common humanity. This engagement includes the contributions of Cuban Americans, who have done so much for our country and who care deeply about their loved ones in Cuba. Today, we offer condolences to Fidel Castro’s family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people. In the days ahead, they will recall the past and also look to the future. As they do, the Cuban people must know that they have a friend and partner in the United States of America.”
      Here’s President-elect Trump’s:
      “Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades. Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights. While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve. Though the tragedies, deaths and pain caused by Fidel Castro cannot be erased, our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty. I join the many Cuban Americans who supported me so greatly in the presidential campaign, including the Brigade 2506 Veterans Association that endorsed me, with the hope of one day soon seeing a free Cuba.”
      Whose statement is generous, positive, and empathic? Whose is hostile, negative, and narcissistic?

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