Can Mainstream go Anti-Trump? Abramson of the Guardian

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I conceived of this blog site as an anti-Trump resource – a place to collect relevant information and links relating to Trump’s abuses in the 2016 campaign and in exercising the powers of the presidency.  Trump has been helpful in providing fresh material daily; with slightly more than 100 days in office, he has already debased himself and his office in ways unparalleled in the Union’s history.  But what I find interesting, and instructive, is the reluctance of mainstream media to be brought along for the ride.  A simple review of my blogs reveals that virtually all of the cutting edge investigative work is done by a small number of investigative journalists – Jane Mayer at The New Yorker,  Carole Cadwalladr, in Great Britain, at The Guardian, or by independent journalists in articles at such sites as the Dutch site ZemblaThe London Review of Books, WAMC, and Moyers & Co.    Where is The Washington Post of Woodward and Bernstein?  I’m waiting – show me that I’m wrong.

Here’s what they should be saying, an op-ed of Jill Abramson at The Guardian,  “Trump is a president gripped by delusions of absolute power”.   Jill’s intro:

“‘I have the absolute right‘ to share classified information with Russia. So tweeted the United States president in defence of having spilled national security secrets to the Russians. Note that well, and put the emphasis on the word absolute, because the president’s use of the word shows that he lacks any understanding of the US constitution.

America’s founding fathers were deathly afraid of centralised, absolute power. This is why the government they structured had three equal branches, and plenty of checks and balances. And the first amendment is first for a reason. Freedom of the press is guaranteed because the founders envisaged the press as a bulwark against absolute power. This goes to the heart of who we are, and what we might become.”

And further on:

“…the charge sheet envisaged by many is now a long one. It says Trump violated his oath to protect the country by improperly disclosing highly classified information about impending terror attacks and sharing it with Russia, a country that is hostile to many US policies. It says he trampled on Comey’s due process rights by firing him without cause and providing the public with a false pretext for the termination.

It says Trump flouted anti-nepotism law by appointing his daughter and her husband to White House jobs. The former ethics tsars for presidents Obama and Bush agree that such law applies to the presidency.

It says he trespassed on prohibitions on self-dealing and conflict of interest by continuing to profit from his ties to the Trump Organisation while his sons pursue foreign deals. Furthermore, it says his daughter’s brand has received trademarks from China while the White House is involved in myriad issues involving China. The real estate conglomerate owned by the family of Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is also actively seeking foreign investment, including in China.”

And this warning:

“George Washington worried that a despot seeking absolute power could ruin the union. This was part of the reason he decided to step down after two terms. In his farewell address of 1796, he warned of the ‘disorders and miseries’ that ‘gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual’. For sooner or later, he said, the ‘chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty’.”

My excerpts don’t do Jill’s full piece justice.  Please read it.  And then wonder what it will take for the big boys and girls of America’s mainstream media to commit themselves to reporting fully on the atrocity that is Trump.  A despot in the White House elected through collusion with a foreign power.

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