I'm off-air for the week, but I still keep up with Media-centric events and issues, and on this Monday Morning there are several examples:
The Pope is warning the media about....
"Spreading rumors is an example of "terrorism, of how you can kill a person with your tongue", he said. "This is even more true for journalists because their voice can reach everyone and this is a very powerful weapon."
Donald Trump says the media is too tough on him....
"He spent considerable time during the Republican primary ranting at what he called a “totally dishonest press” which he blamed for negative coverage, including a failure to show the true size of crowds at his rallies......but a Pew survey finds a significant percentage of the public complains they are too easy on Trump.
His favorite targets have included CNN – which he dubbed “the Clinton news network,” The New York Times, which he says is “losing a fortune” – and will be “out of business in three years” -- and the Washington Post."
Almost three in 10 Americans – or 27 percent – feel that Trump is treated too easily by the media, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. That’s more than the 20 percent who said Mitt Romney was getting the easy treatment in 2012 and nearly twice the 15 percent who said John McCain was getting soft coverage in 2008.And the question of police trampling on 1st amendment freedom is in the news again.
A protester standing on public ground, not interfering with the police in any way, had his cell phone camera taken from him by Connecticut State Police who somehow did not realize it was still recording...and recording them plotting how to charge him with something, anything....
The ACLU is representing him in his lawsuit. I hope the instructors at the local Police Academy have taught rookies about the right of any citizen, with or without a press pass, to record from a public street.
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