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Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Hampton Creek Josh Tetrick mengeluarkan iklan halaman penuh di The New York Times untuk melancarkan pencalonan Trump

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"Kempen anda nampaknya tidak salah. Rasanya tidak Amerika, ”tulis Tetrick.

Pembaca New York Times mungkin telah melihat iklan halaman penuh yang membingungkan dengan surat kepada Donald Trump, yang mencalonkan pencalonannya sebagai orang Amerika. Syarikat itu menjadi tajuk utama tahun lalu untuk produk Just Mayo berasaskan tumbuhan, yang mendorong krisis identiti sah produk mayo tanpa telur di mana-mana.

Berikut adalah penerbitan semula surat yang ditempatkan di The New York Times:

“Orang Amerika kecewa dan marah dan takut. Anda telah menyalurkan ini ke dalam pencalonan anda.

Orang Amerika juga baik. Kami pemurah, berani dan baik. Itulah yang anda terlepas.

Seorang ibu tunggal di Birmingham yang mengajar anaknya bagaimana bangkit sambil menghormati wanita. Autoworkers Toledo berjuang untuk melindungi pekerjaan saudara pendatang mereka. Dan keluarga beriman di Little Rock yang percaya menurunkan cukai tanpa menurunkan nilainya.

Inilah diri kita. Inilah sebabnya mengapa kempen anda akan rosak.

Kempen anda nampaknya tidak salah. Rasanya tidak Amerika. Untuk menyokong itu akan menjadikan saya kurang dari diri saya sendiri, kurang dari cucu datuk saya, lebih sedikit daripada anak ibu saya.

Berpaling dari kamu adalah cara untuk mengatakan siapa kita. "

Menurut CNNMoney, Tetrick meletakkan iklan itu daripada perasaan tanggungjawab sosial.

"Kempennya tidak menggambarkan nilai asas Amerika," Tetrick memberitahu CNNMoney. "Kita boleh banyak tidak setuju tetapi ada perkara tertentu yang semua orang setuju: Anda harus menghormati wanita. Pendatang menjadikan negara ini lebih baik. Kita harus bersikap sopan antara satu sama lain. KKK adalah sebuah kumpulan yang merupakan keperibadian jahat. Ada adakah perkara-perkara asas ini yang tidak perlu kita pertikaikan. "


Lamar W. Hankins: & # 8216 Kebenaran yang tidak terpuji & # 8217 Presiden Trump

SAN MARCOS, Texas & # 8212 Kata-kata di atas diucapkan di tingkat Dewan pada 23 Januari 2017, oleh Anggota Kongres Lamar Smith, yang wilayah kongresnya meliputi dari Leakey, Fredericksburg, Kerrville, Boerne, dan San Antonio Barat Laut, hingga New Braunfels, San Marcos, dan seterusnya ke South Austin. Nampaknya, dia percaya bahawa penyusunnya harus mengabaikan semua sumber berita tradisional dan sebaliknya hanya mendapat berita dari Presiden Trump.

Seorang wartawan San Antonio, Rick Casey, memiliki keberanian untuk menunjukkan bahawa ini adalah cara kerjanya di Korea Utara. Komennya disensor, untuk sementara waktu, oleh stesen PBS di San Antonio. Cerita penuh harus dijadikan kenari di lombong arang batu untuk akhbar percuma.

Gabungan PBS KLRN menarik sementara komen Rick Casey & # 8217 mengenai Smith & # 8217s.

Casey mempunyai program mingguan biasa di KLRN gabungan PBS di San Antonio. Program & # 8212 Texas Week & # 8212 biasanya diakhiri dengan komen dari Casey, dan juga diterbitkan di San Antonio Express-News. Akhbar itu menyampaikan pemikiran Casey mengenai komen Rep. Smith's House pada 3 Februari. Tetapi Presiden dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif stesen itu sejak Januari 2015, Arthur Rojas Emerson, menarik komen itu kurang dari satu jam sebelum disiarkan.

Harus diingat bahawa Emerson telah melakukan penyiaran selama bertahun-tahun, dipecah oleh tugas sebagai CEO sebuah agensi hubungan masyarakat, yang pada waktu itu memiliki Rep. Smith sebagai pelanggan.

Nampaknya, Emerson prihatin "bahawa Perbadanan untuk Penyiaran Umum diserang dan ini akan menambahnya." CPB yang dibiayai secara persekutuan menyediakan pembiayaan untuk stesen awam, termasuk KLRN. Presiden Trump dilihat memusuhi penyiaran awam dan ingin mengurangkan pembiayaan persekutuannya. Atas sebab-sebab yang tidak dapat difahami, Emerson juga bimbang bahawa komen itu mungkin memfitnah.

Selepas perbincangan dengan Casey, publisiti di Texas Tribune, dan perbincangan oleh penyokong Texas Week di Facebook mengenai perkara itu, Emerson mengalah dan membenarkan komen tersebut disiarkan di KLRN. Anda boleh menonton atau membaca pernyataan dan komen Casey & # 8217 di sini.

PolitiFact mendapati 78% pernyataan Trump & # 8217 adalah palsu, kebanyakannya salah, atau & # 8216pants-on-fire. & # 8217

Bertentangan dengan pendapat Rep. Smith mengenai pemberitaan Trump, PolitiFact membuat laporan pertengahan tahun mengenai calon presiden tahun lalu dan mendapati bahawa sekarang-Presiden Trump bukan sumber maklumat yang sangat dipercayai semasa kempen. Kenyataan palsu, kebanyakannya palsu, dan & # 8220pants-on-fire & # 8221 oleh Trump adalah 78% daripada semua pernyataannya yang diperiksa. Sebenarnya, Trump mempunyai lebih banyak pernyataan seluar pendek daripada 21 calon lain yang digabungkan & # 8212 30 daripada 158 pernyataan Trump diperiksa.

Melapor pada masa yang sama, the Washington Post Pemeriksa Fakta mendapati bahawa 46 pernyataan yang diperiksa menghasilkan 70% yang dianugerahkan empat Pinocchios, yang bermaksud mereka adalah penyerang. Menurut Politik, Minggu pertama Trump sebagai presiden memberikan hasil sejajar dengan kebenaran kenyataan yang dia buat semasa kempen: 87 "salah sangka, keterlaluan, kepalsuan" pada kadar "satu tidak benar setiap 3,25 minit" dari jumlah masa dia bercakap di acara dan akhbar persidangan. Pemeriksaan fakta yang lebih baru mengenai Trump menunjukkan hasil yang serupa.

The Washington PostPemeriksaan fakta pada sidang media Trump pada 16 Februari mendedahkan 15 kepalsuan, yang melaporkan bahawa ia disokong oleh USA Hari IniPemeriksaan fakta. Pemeriksaan fakta oleh The Trump mengenai ucapan Trump pada 18 Februari di sebuah tunjuk perasaan di Florida menemui 13 "tuntutan meragukan," jumlah tuntutan yang sama seperti yang dijumpai dalam ucapan 24 Februari kepada CPAC, yang disokong oleh PolitiFact yang memenangi hadiah Pulitzer.

& # 8216 Tuntutan meragukan & # 8217 itu tidak kecil atau tidak penting seperti yang Smith mahu kami percayai.

"Tuntutan meragukan" itu tidak kecil atau tidak signifikan seperti yang diinginkan oleh Rep. Smith untuk kita percayai. Mereka menyertakan pernyataan Trump mengenai perintah imigresennya dan mahkamah yang membatalkannya, peningkatan jumlah pekerjaan yang diciptakan sejak dia dipilih yang dia tidak dapat mengambil kredit secara sah, dan tuntutan palsu bahawa penilaian kelulusan media lebih rendah daripada Kongres, dalam kalangan yang lain.

Tanpa akhbar bebas, kita tidak akan mempunyai maklumat ini, yang mengesahkan bahawa di Trump kita mempunyai salah satu ahli politik yang paling tidak jujur, menipu, dan tidak jujur ​​dalam hidup saya, yang melebihi tujuh dekad. Dan inilah satu-satunya sumber berita bahawa Rep. Smith, anggota House Freedom of Press Caucus, ingin kita bergantung kepada pengecualian semua yang lain. Ini menyebabkan saya bertanya, "Apa sebenarnya tujuan Dewan Kaum Kebebasan Pers?"

Tujuan-tujuan Kebebasan Akhbar dinyatakan oleh ketua-ketua bipartisan asalnya, Perwakilan Adam Schiff (D-CA) dan Mike Pence (R-IN), pada tahun 2006. Rep Schiff berkata,

Akhbar bebas dan terbuka sangat penting untuk demokrasi yang sihat & # 8230 Dengan meningkatkan kesedaran tentang penapisan media di seluruh dunia, kaukus ini bertujuan bukan sahaja untuk melindungi wartawan dari penganiayaan, tetapi juga untuk mempertahankan akses warga negara ke maklumat yang tidak terikat.

Di mana tidak ada kebebasan pers, tidak ada kebebasan. Sekiranya Amerika ingin menjadi mercu harapan kepada dunia, kita harus memiliki cita-cita pers bebas dan bebas, memajukannya ke luar negeri dan mempertahankannya di rumah. Saya berbesar hati untuk mengaitkan diri dengan lelaki dan wanita di Kongres di kedua-dua parti yang menganjurkan kebebasan akhbar untuk seluruh umat manusia.

Tampaknya di luar perselisihan bahawa Rep. Smith tidak memenuhi tujuan Kebebasan Akhbar Kaukus jika dia percaya Presiden Trump adalah penyedia kebenaran yang lebih baik daripada pelaporan media nasional "liberal", yang menurutnya seharusnya tidak diendahkan.

Terlepas dari semua kesalahan akhbar bebas kami dan terlepas dari penafian Rep. Smith, akhbar bebas itu kini berusaha untuk meminta Presiden Trump dan Rep. Smith bertanggungjawab atas ketidakjujuran mereka. Masih perlu dilihat apakah pengundi akan mempertanggungjawabkan mereka pada pilihan raya akan datang.

[Blog Rag kolumnis Lamar W. Hankins, bekas San Marcos, Texas, Peguam Bandar, juga menulis blog di Texas Freethought Journal. Artikel ini © Texas Freethought Journal, Lamar W. Hankins.]

Baca lebih banyak artikel oleh Lamar W. Hankins di Blog Rag.


Lamar W. Hankins: & # 8216 Kebenaran yang tidak terpuji & # 8217 Presiden Trump

SAN MARCOS, Texas & # 8212 Kata-kata di atas diucapkan di tingkat Dewan pada 23 Januari 2017, oleh Anggota Kongres Lamar Smith, yang wilayah kongresnya meliputi dari Leakey, Fredericksburg, Kerrville, Boerne, dan San Antonio Barat Laut, hingga New Braunfels, San Marcos, dan seterusnya ke South Austin. Rupa-rupanya, dia percaya bahawa konstituennya harus mengabaikan semua sumber berita tradisional dan sebaliknya mendapatkan berita mereka hanya dari Presiden Trump.

Seorang wartawan San Antonio, Rick Casey, memiliki keberanian untuk menunjukkan bahawa ini adalah cara kerjanya di Korea Utara. Komennya disensor, untuk sementara waktu, oleh stesen PBS di San Antonio. Cerita penuh harus dijadikan kenari di lombong arang batu untuk akhbar percuma.

Gabungan PBS KLRN menarik sementara komen Rick Casey & # 8217 mengenai komen Smith & # 8217.

Casey mempunyai program mingguan biasa di KLRN gabungan PBS di San Antonio. Program & # 8212 Texas Week & # 8212 biasanya diakhiri dengan komen dari Casey, dan juga diterbitkan di San Antonio Express-News. Akhbar itu menyampaikan pemikiran Casey mengenai komen Rep. Smith's House pada 3 Februari. Tetapi Presiden dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif stesen itu sejak Januari 2015, Arthur Rojas Emerson, menarik komen itu kurang dari satu jam sebelum disiarkan.

Harus diingat bahawa Emerson telah melakukan penyiaran selama bertahun-tahun, dipecah oleh tugas sebagai CEO sebuah agensi perhubungan awam, yang pada waktu itu memiliki Perwakilan Smith sebagai pelanggan.

Nampaknya, Emerson prihatin "bahawa Perbadanan untuk Penyiaran Umum diserang dan ini akan menambahnya." CPB yang dibiayai secara persekutuan menyediakan pembiayaan untuk stesen awam, termasuk KLRN. Presiden Trump dilihat memusuhi penyiaran awam dan ingin mengurangkan pembiayaan persekutuannya. Atas sebab-sebab yang tidak dapat difahami, Emerson juga bimbang bahawa komen itu mungkin memfitnah.

Selepas perbincangan dengan Casey, publisiti di Texas Tribune, dan perbincangan oleh penyokong Texas Week di Facebook mengenai perkara itu, Emerson mengalah dan membenarkan komen tersebut disiarkan di KLRN. Anda boleh menonton atau membaca pernyataan dan komen Casey & # 8217 di sini.

PolitiFact mendapati 78% pernyataan Trump & # 8217 adalah palsu, kebanyakannya salah, atau & # 8216pants-on-fire. & # 8217

Bertentangan dengan pendapat Rep. Smith mengenai pemberitaan Trump, PolitiFact membuat laporan pertengahan tahun mengenai calon presiden tahun lalu dan mendapati bahawa sekarang-Presiden Trump bukan sumber maklumat yang sangat dipercayai semasa kempen. Kenyataan palsu, kebanyakannya palsu, dan & # 8220pants-on-fire & # 8221 oleh Trump adalah 78% daripada semua pernyataannya yang diperiksa. Sebenarnya, Trump mempunyai lebih banyak pernyataan seluar pendek daripada 21 calon lain yang digabungkan & # 8212 30 daripada 158 pernyataan Trump diperiksa.

Melapor pada masa yang sama, the Washington Post Pemeriksa Fakta mendapati bahawa 46 pernyataan yang diperiksa menghasilkan 70% yang dianugerahkan empat Pinocchios, yang bermaksud mereka adalah penyerang. Menurut Politik, Minggu pertama Trump sebagai presiden memberikan hasil sejajar dengan kebenaran kenyataan yang dia buat semasa kempen: 87 "salah sangka, keterlaluan, kepalsuan" pada kadar "satu tidak benar setiap 3,25 minit" dari jumlah masa dia bercakap di acara dan akhbar persidangan. Pemeriksaan fakta yang lebih baru mengenai Trump menunjukkan hasil yang serupa.

The Washington PostPemeriksaan fakta pada sidang media Trump pada 16 Februari mendedahkan 15 kepalsuan, yang melaporkan bahawa ia disokong oleh USA Hari IniPemeriksaan fakta. Pemeriksaan fakta oleh The Trump mengenai ucapan Trump pada 18 Februari di sebuah tunjuk perasaan di Florida menemui 13 "tuntutan meragukan," jumlah tuntutan yang sama seperti yang dijumpai dalam ucapan 24 Februari kepada CPAC, yang disokong oleh PolitiFact yang memenangi hadiah Pulitzer.

& # 8216 Tuntutan meragukan & # 8217 itu tidak kecil atau tidak signifikan seperti yang Smith mahu kami percayai.

"Tuntutan meragukan" itu tidak kecil atau tidak signifikan seperti yang diinginkan oleh Rep. Smith untuk kita percayai. Mereka menyertakan pernyataan Trump mengenai perintah imigresennya dan mahkamah yang membatalkannya, peningkatan jumlah pekerjaan yang diciptakan sejak dia dipilih yang dia tidak dapat mengambil kredit secara sah, dan tuntutan palsu bahawa penilaian persetujuan media lebih rendah daripada Kongres, dalam kalangan yang lain.

Tanpa akhbar bebas, kita tidak akan mempunyai maklumat ini, yang mengesahkan bahawa di Trump kita mempunyai salah satu ahli politik yang paling tidak jujur, menipu, dan tidak jujur ​​dalam hidup saya, yang melebihi tujuh dekad. Dan ini adalah satu-satunya sumber berita bahawa Rep. Smith, anggota House Freedom of Press Caucus, ingin kita bergantung kepada pengecualian semua yang lain. Ini menyebabkan saya bertanya, "Apa sebenarnya tujuan Dewan Kaum Kebebasan Pers?"

Tujuan-tujuan Kebebasan Akhbar dinyatakan oleh ketua-ketua bipartisan asalnya, Perwakilan Adam Schiff (D-CA) dan Mike Pence (R-IN), pada tahun 2006. Rep Schiff berkata,

Akhbar yang bebas dan terbuka sangat penting untuk demokrasi yang sihat & # 8230 Dengan meningkatkan kesedaran tentang penapisan media di seluruh dunia, kaukus ini bertujuan bukan hanya untuk melindungi wartawan dari penganiayaan, tetapi juga untuk mempertahankan akses warga negara ke maklumat yang tidak terikat.

Di mana tidak ada kebebasan pers, tidak ada kebebasan. Sekiranya Amerika ingin menjadi mercu harapan kepada dunia, kita harus memiliki cita-cita sebuah akhbar bebas dan bebas, memajukannya ke luar negeri dan mempertahankannya di rumah. Saya berbesar hati untuk mengaitkan diri dengan lelaki dan wanita di Kongres di kedua-dua parti yang menganjurkan kebebasan akhbar untuk seluruh umat manusia.

Tampaknya di luar perselisihan bahawa Rep. Smith tidak memenuhi tujuan Kebebasan Akhbar Kaukus jika dia percaya Presiden Trump adalah penyedia kebenaran yang lebih baik daripada pelaporan media nasional "liberal", yang menurutnya seharusnya tidak diendahkan.

Terlepas dari semua kesalahan akhbar bebas kami dan terlepas dari penafian Rep. Smith, akhbar bebas itu kini berusaha untuk meminta Presiden Trump dan Rep. Smith bertanggungjawab atas ketidakjujuran mereka. Masih perlu dilihat apakah pengundi akan mempertanggungjawabkan mereka pada pilihan raya akan datang.

[Blog Rag kolumnis Lamar W. Hankins, bekas San Marcos, Texas, Peguam Bandar, juga menulis blog di Texas Freethought Journal. Artikel ini © Texas Freethought Journal, Lamar W. Hankins.]

Baca lebih banyak artikel oleh Lamar W. Hankins di Blog Rag.


Lamar W. Hankins: & # 8216 Kebenaran yang tidak terpuji & # 8217 Presiden Trump

SAN MARCOS, Texas & # 8212 Kata-kata di atas diucapkan di tingkat Dewan pada 23 Januari 2017, oleh Anggota Kongres Lamar Smith, yang wilayah kongresnya meliputi dari Leakey, Fredericksburg, Kerrville, Boerne, dan San Antonio Barat Laut, hingga New Braunfels, San Marcos, dan seterusnya ke South Austin. Rupa-rupanya, dia percaya bahawa konstituennya harus mengabaikan semua sumber berita tradisional dan sebaliknya mendapatkan berita mereka hanya dari Presiden Trump.

Seorang wartawan San Antonio, Rick Casey, memiliki keberanian untuk menunjukkan bahawa ini adalah cara kerjanya di Korea Utara. Komennya disensor, untuk sementara waktu, oleh stesen PBS di San Antonio. Cerita penuh harus dijadikan kenari di lombong arang batu untuk akhbar percuma.

Gabungan PBS KLRN menarik sementara komen Rick Casey & # 8217 mengenai komen Smith & # 8217.

Casey mempunyai program mingguan biasa di KLRN gabungan PBS di San Antonio. Program & # 8212 Texas Week & # 8212 biasanya diakhiri dengan komen dari Casey, dan juga diterbitkan di San Antonio Express-News. Akhbar itu menyampaikan pemikiran Casey mengenai komen Rep. Smith's House pada 3 Februari. Tetapi Presiden dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif stesen itu sejak Januari 2015, Arthur Rojas Emerson, menarik komen itu kurang dari satu jam sebelum disiarkan.

Harus diingat bahawa Emerson telah melakukan penyiaran selama bertahun-tahun, dipecah oleh tugas sebagai CEO sebuah agensi hubungan masyarakat, yang pada waktu itu memiliki Rep. Smith sebagai pelanggan.

Nampaknya, Emerson prihatin "bahawa Perbadanan Penyiaran Awam diserang dan ini akan menambahnya." CPB yang dibiayai secara persekutuan menyediakan pembiayaan untuk stesen awam, termasuk KLRN. Presiden Trump dilihat memusuhi penyiaran awam dan ingin mengurangkan pembiayaan persekutuannya. Atas sebab-sebab yang tidak dapat difahami, Emerson juga bimbang bahawa komen itu mungkin memfitnah.

Selepas perbincangan dengan Casey, publisiti di Texas Tribune, dan perbincangan oleh penyokong Texas Week di Facebook mengenai perkara itu, Emerson mengalah dan membenarkan komen tersebut disiarkan di KLRN. Anda boleh menonton atau membaca kenyataan dan komen Casey & # 8217 di sini.

PolitiFact mendapati 78% pernyataan Trump & # 8217 adalah palsu, kebanyakannya salah, atau & # 8216pants-on-fire. & # 8217

Bertentangan dengan pendapat Rep. Smith mengenai pemberitaan Trump, PolitiFact membuat laporan pertengahan tahun mengenai calon presiden tahun lalu dan mendapati bahawa sekarang-Presiden Trump bukan sumber maklumat yang sangat dipercayai semasa kempen. Kenyataan palsu, kebanyakannya palsu, dan & # 8220pants-on-fire & # 8221 oleh Trump adalah 78% daripada semua pernyataannya yang diperiksa. Sebenarnya, Trump mempunyai lebih banyak pernyataan seluar pendek daripada semua 21 calon lain yang digabungkan & # 8212 30 daripada 158 pernyataan Trump diperiksa.

Melapor pada masa yang sama, the Washington Post Pemeriksa Fakta mendapati bahawa 46 pernyataan yang diperiksa menghasilkan 70% yang dianugerahkan empat Pinocchios, yang bermaksud mereka adalah penyerang. Menurut Politik, Minggu pertama Trump sebagai presiden memberikan hasil sejajar dengan kebenaran kenyataan yang dia buat semasa kempen: 87 "salah sangka, keterlaluan, kepalsuan" pada kadar "satu tidak benar setiap 3,25 minit" dari jumlah masa dia bercakap di acara dan akhbar persidangan. Pemeriksaan fakta yang lebih baru mengenai Trump menunjukkan hasil yang serupa.

The Washington PostPemeriksaan fakta pada sidang media Trump pada 16 Februari mendedahkan 15 kepalsuan, yang melaporkan bahawa ia disokong oleh USA Hari IniPemeriksaan fakta. Pemeriksaan fakta oleh The Trump mengenai ucapan Trump pada 18 Februari di sebuah tunjuk perasaan di Florida menemui 13 "tuntutan meragukan," jumlah tuntutan yang sama seperti yang dijumpai dalam ucapan 24 Februari kepada CPAC, yang disokong oleh PolitiFact yang memenangi hadiah Pulitzer.

& # 8216 Tuntutan meragukan & # 8217 itu tidak kecil atau tidak penting seperti yang Smith mahu kami percayai.

"Tuntutan meragukan" itu tidak kecil atau tidak signifikan seperti yang diinginkan oleh Rep. Smith untuk kita percayai. Mereka menyertakan pernyataan Trump mengenai perintah imigresennya dan mahkamah yang membatalkannya, peningkatan jumlah pekerjaan yang diciptakan sejak dia dipilih yang dia tidak dapat mengambil kredit secara sah, dan tuntutan palsu bahawa penilaian kelulusan media lebih rendah daripada Kongres, dalam kalangan yang lain.

Tanpa akhbar bebas, kita tidak akan mempunyai maklumat ini, yang mengesahkan bahawa di Trump kita mempunyai salah satu ahli politik yang paling tidak jujur, menipu, dan tidak jujur ​​dalam hidup saya, yang melebihi tujuh dekad. Dan inilah satu-satunya sumber berita bahawa Rep. Smith, anggota House Freedom of Press Caucus, ingin kita bergantung kepada pengecualian semua yang lain. Ini menyebabkan saya bertanya, "Apa sebenarnya tujuan Dewan Kaum Kebebasan Pers?"

Tujuan-tujuan Kebebasan Akhbar dinyatakan oleh ketua-ketua bipartisan asalnya, Perwakilan Adam Schiff (D-CA) dan Mike Pence (R-IN), pada tahun 2006. Rep Schiff berkata,

Akhbar bebas dan terbuka sangat penting untuk demokrasi yang sihat & # 8230 Dengan meningkatkan kesedaran tentang penapisan media di seluruh dunia, kaukus ini bertujuan bukan sahaja untuk melindungi wartawan dari penganiayaan, tetapi juga untuk mempertahankan akses warga negara ke maklumat yang tidak terikat.

Di mana tidak ada kebebasan pers, tidak ada kebebasan. Sekiranya Amerika ingin menjadi mercu harapan kepada dunia, kita harus memiliki cita-cita sebuah akhbar bebas dan bebas, memajukannya ke luar negeri dan mempertahankannya di rumah. Saya berbesar hati untuk mengaitkan diri dengan lelaki dan wanita di Kongres di kedua-dua parti yang menganjurkan kebebasan akhbar untuk seluruh umat manusia.

Tampaknya di luar perselisihan bahawa Rep. Smith tidak memenuhi tujuan Kebebasan Akhbar Kaukus jika dia percaya Presiden Trump adalah penyedia kebenaran yang lebih baik daripada pelaporan media nasional "liberal", yang menurutnya seharusnya tidak diendahkan.

Terlepas dari semua kesalahan akhbar bebas kami dan terlepas dari penolakan oleh Rep. Smith, akhbar bebas itu kini berusaha untuk meminta Presiden Trump dan Rep. Smith bertanggungjawab atas ketidakjujuran mereka. Masih perlu dilihat apakah pengundi akan mempertanggungjawabkan mereka pada pilihan raya akan datang.

[Blog Rag kolumnis Lamar W. Hankins, bekas San Marcos, Texas, Peguam Bandar, juga menulis blog di Texas Freethought Journal. Artikel ini © Texas Freethought Journal, Lamar W. Hankins.]

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Lamar W. Hankins: & # 8216 Kebenaran & # 8217 Presiden Trump

SAN MARCOS, Texas & # 8212 Kata-kata di atas diucapkan di tingkat Dewan pada 23 Januari 2017, oleh Anggota Kongres Lamar Smith, yang wilayah kongresnya meliputi dari Leakey, Fredericksburg, Kerrville, Boerne, dan San Antonio Barat Laut, hingga New Braunfels, San Marcos, dan seterusnya ke South Austin. Nampaknya, dia percaya bahawa penyusunnya harus mengabaikan semua sumber berita tradisional dan sebaliknya hanya mendapat berita dari Presiden Trump.

Seorang wartawan San Antonio, Rick Casey, memiliki keberanian untuk menunjukkan bahawa ini adalah cara kerjanya di Korea Utara. Komennya disensor, untuk sementara waktu, oleh stesen PBS di San Antonio. Cerita penuh harus dijadikan kenari di lombong arang batu untuk akhbar percuma.

Gabungan PBS KLRN menarik sementara komen Rick Casey & # 8217 mengenai Smith & # 8217s.

Casey mempunyai program mingguan biasa di KLRN gabungan PBS di San Antonio. Program & # 8212 Texas Week & # 8212 biasanya diakhiri dengan komen dari Casey, dan juga diterbitkan di San Antonio Express-News. Akhbar itu menyampaikan pemikiran Casey mengenai komen Rep. Smith's House pada 3 Februari. Tetapi Presiden dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif stesen itu sejak Januari 2015, Arthur Rojas Emerson, menarik komen itu kurang dari satu jam sebelum disiarkan.

Harus diingat bahawa Emerson telah melakukan penyiaran selama bertahun-tahun, dipecah oleh tugas sebagai CEO sebuah agensi hubungan masyarakat, yang pada waktu itu memiliki Rep. Smith sebagai pelanggan.

Nampaknya, Emerson prihatin "bahawa Perbadanan untuk Penyiaran Umum diserang dan ini akan menambahnya." CPB yang dibiayai secara persekutuan menyediakan pembiayaan untuk stesen awam, termasuk KLRN. Presiden Trump dilihat memusuhi penyiaran awam dan ingin mengurangkan pembiayaan persekutuannya. Atas sebab-sebab yang tidak dapat difahami, Emerson juga bimbang bahawa komen itu mungkin memfitnah.

Selepas perbincangan dengan Casey, publisiti di Texas Tribune, dan perbincangan oleh penyokong Texas Week di Facebook mengenai perkara itu, Emerson mengalah dan membenarkan komen tersebut disiarkan di KLRN. Anda boleh menonton atau membaca kenyataan dan komen Casey & # 8217 di sini.

PolitiFact mendapati 78% pernyataan Trump & # 8217 adalah palsu, kebanyakannya salah, atau & # 8216pants-on-fire. & # 8217

Bertentangan dengan pendapat Rep. Smith mengenai pemberitaan Trump, PolitiFact membuat laporan pertengahan tahun mengenai calon presiden tahun lalu dan mendapati bahawa sekarang-Presiden Trump bukan sumber maklumat yang sangat dipercayai semasa kempen. Kenyataan palsu, kebanyakannya palsu, dan & # 8220pants-on-fire & # 8221 oleh Trump adalah 78% daripada semua pernyataannya yang diperiksa. Sebenarnya, Trump mempunyai lebih banyak pernyataan seluar pendek daripada 21 calon lain yang digabungkan & # 8212 30 daripada 158 pernyataan Trump diperiksa.

Melapor pada masa yang sama, the Washington Post Pemeriksa Fakta mendapati bahawa 46 pernyataan yang diperiksa menghasilkan 70% yang dianugerahkan empat Pinocchios, yang bermaksud mereka adalah penyerang. Menurut Politik, Minggu pertama Trump sebagai presiden memberikan hasil sejajar dengan kebenaran kenyataan yang dia buat semasa kempen: 87 "salah sangka, keterlaluan, kepalsuan" pada kadar "satu tidak benar setiap 3,25 minit" dari jumlah masa dia bercakap di acara dan akhbar persidangan. Pemeriksaan fakta yang lebih baru mengenai Trump menunjukkan hasil yang serupa.

The Washington PostPemeriksaan fakta pada sidang media Trump pada 16 Februari mendedahkan 15 kepalsuan, yang melaporkan bahawa ia disokong oleh USA Hari IniPemeriksaan fakta. Pemeriksaan fakta oleh The Trump mengenai ucapan Trump pada 18 Februari di sebuah tunjuk perasaan di Florida menemui 13 "tuntutan meragukan," jumlah tuntutan yang sama seperti yang dijumpai dalam ucapan 24 Februari kepada CPAC, yang disokong oleh PolitiFact yang memenangi hadiah Pulitzer.

& # 8216 Tuntutan meragukan & # 8217 itu tidak kecil atau tidak penting seperti yang Smith mahu kami percayai.

"Tuntutan meragukan" itu tidak kecil atau tidak signifikan seperti yang diinginkan oleh Rep. Smith untuk kita percayai. Mereka menyertakan pernyataan Trump mengenai perintah imigresennya dan mahkamah yang membatalkannya, peningkatan jumlah pekerjaan yang diciptakan sejak dia dipilih yang dia tidak dapat mengambil kredit secara sah, dan tuntutan palsu bahawa penilaian kelulusan media lebih rendah daripada Kongres, dalam kalangan yang lain.

Tanpa akhbar bebas, kita tidak akan mempunyai maklumat ini, yang mengesahkan bahawa di Trump kita mempunyai salah satu ahli politik yang paling tidak jujur, menipu, dan tidak jujur ​​dalam hidup saya, yang melebihi tujuh dekad. Dan ini adalah satu-satunya sumber berita bahawa Rep. Smith, anggota House Freedom of Press Caucus, ingin kita bergantung kepada pengecualian semua yang lain. Ini menyebabkan saya bertanya, "Apa sebenarnya tujuan Dewan Kaum Kebebasan Pers?"

Tujuan-tujuan Kebebasan Akhbar dinyatakan oleh ketua-ketua bipartisan asalnya, Perwakilan Adam Schiff (D-CA) dan Mike Pence (R-IN), pada tahun 2006. Rep Schiff berkata,

Akhbar yang bebas dan terbuka sangat penting untuk demokrasi yang sihat & # 8230 Dengan meningkatkan kesedaran tentang penapisan media di seluruh dunia, kaukus ini bertujuan bukan hanya untuk melindungi wartawan dari penganiayaan, tetapi juga untuk mempertahankan akses warga negara ke maklumat yang tidak terikat.

Di mana tidak ada kebebasan pers, tidak ada kebebasan. Sekiranya Amerika ingin menjadi mercu harapan kepada dunia, kita harus memiliki cita-cita pers bebas dan bebas, memajukannya ke luar negeri dan mempertahankannya di rumah. Saya berbesar hati untuk mengaitkan diri dengan lelaki dan wanita di Kongres di kedua-dua parti yang menganjurkan kebebasan akhbar untuk seluruh umat manusia.

Tampaknya di luar perselisihan bahawa Rep. Smith tidak memenuhi tujuan Kebebasan Akhbar Kaukus jika dia percaya Presiden Trump adalah penyedia kebenaran yang lebih baik daripada pelaporan media nasional "liberal", yang menurutnya seharusnya tidak diendahkan.

Terlepas dari semua kesalahan akhbar bebas kami dan terlepas dari penafian Rep. Smith, akhbar bebas itu kini berusaha untuk meminta Presiden Trump dan Rep. Smith bertanggungjawab atas ketidakjujuran mereka. Masih perlu dilihat apakah pengundi akan mempertanggungjawabkan mereka pada pilihan raya akan datang.

[Blog Rag kolumnis Lamar W. Hankins, bekas San Marcos, Texas, Peguam Bandar, juga menulis blog di Texas Freethought Journal. Artikel ini © Texas Freethought Journal, Lamar W. Hankins.]

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Lamar W. Hankins: & # 8216 Kebenaran yang tidak terpuji & # 8217 Presiden Trump

SAN MARCOS, Texas & # 8212 Kata-kata di atas diucapkan di tingkat Dewan pada 23 Januari 2017, oleh Anggota Kongres Lamar Smith, yang wilayah kongresnya meliputi dari Leakey, Fredericksburg, Kerrville, Boerne, dan San Antonio Barat Laut, hingga New Braunfels, San Marcos, dan seterusnya ke South Austin. Nampaknya, dia percaya bahawa penyusunnya harus mengabaikan semua sumber berita tradisional dan sebaliknya hanya mendapat berita dari Presiden Trump.

Seorang wartawan San Antonio, Rick Casey, memiliki keberanian untuk menunjukkan bahawa ini adalah cara kerjanya di Korea Utara. Komennya disensor, untuk sementara waktu, oleh stesen PBS di San Antonio. Cerita penuh harus dijadikan kenari di lombong arang batu untuk akhbar percuma.

Gabungan PBS KLRN menarik sementara komen Rick Casey & # 8217 mengenai komen Smith & # 8217.

Casey mempunyai program mingguan biasa di KLRN gabungan PBS di San Antonio. Program & # 8212 Texas Week & # 8212 biasanya diakhiri dengan komen dari Casey, dan juga diterbitkan di San Antonio Express-News. Akhbar itu menyampaikan pemikiran Casey mengenai komen Rep. Smith's House pada 3 Februari. Tetapi Presiden dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif stesen itu sejak Januari 2015, Arthur Rojas Emerson, menarik komen itu kurang dari satu jam sebelum disiarkan.

Harus diingat bahawa Emerson telah melakukan penyiaran selama bertahun-tahun, dipecah oleh tugas sebagai CEO sebuah agensi hubungan masyarakat, yang pada waktu itu memiliki Rep. Smith sebagai pelanggan.

Nampaknya, Emerson prihatin "bahawa Perbadanan Penyiaran Awam diserang dan ini akan menambahnya." CPB yang dibiayai secara persekutuan menyediakan pembiayaan untuk stesen awam, termasuk KLRN. Presiden Trump dilihat memusuhi penyiaran awam dan ingin mengurangkan pembiayaan persekutuannya. Atas sebab-sebab yang tidak dapat difahami, Emerson juga bimbang bahawa komen itu mungkin memfitnah.

Selepas perbincangan dengan Casey, publisiti di Texas Tribune, dan perbincangan oleh penyokong Texas Week di Facebook mengenai perkara itu, Emerson mengalah dan membenarkan komen tersebut disiarkan di KLRN. Anda boleh menonton atau membaca pernyataan dan komen Casey & # 8217 di sini.

PolitiFact mendapati 78% pernyataan Trump & # 8217 adalah palsu, kebanyakannya salah, atau & # 8216pants-on-fire. & # 8217

Bertentangan dengan pendapat Rep. Smith mengenai pemberitaan Trump, PolitiFact membuat laporan pertengahan tahun mengenai calon presiden tahun lalu dan mendapati bahawa sekarang-Presiden Trump bukan sumber maklumat yang sangat dipercayai semasa kempen. Kenyataan palsu, kebanyakannya palsu, dan & # 8220pants-on-fire & # 8221 oleh Trump adalah 78% daripada semua pernyataannya yang diperiksa. Sebenarnya, Trump mempunyai lebih banyak pernyataan seluar pendek daripada semua 21 calon lain yang digabungkan & # 8212 30 daripada 158 pernyataan Trump diperiksa.

Melapor pada masa yang sama, the Washington Post Pemeriksa Fakta mendapati bahawa 46 pernyataan yang diperiksa menghasilkan 70% yang dianugerahkan empat Pinocchios, yang bermaksud mereka adalah penyerang. Menurut Politik, Minggu pertama Trump sebagai presiden memberikan hasil sejajar dengan kebenaran kenyataan yang dia buat semasa kempen: 87 "salah sangka, keterlaluan, kepalsuan" pada kadar "satu tidak benar setiap 3,25 minit" dari jumlah masa dia bercakap di acara dan akhbar persidangan. Pemeriksaan fakta yang lebih baru mengenai Trump menunjukkan hasil yang serupa.

The Washington PostPemeriksaan fakta pada sidang media Trump pada 16 Februari mendedahkan 15 kepalsuan, yang melaporkan bahawa ia disokong oleh USA Hari IniPemeriksaan fakta. Pemeriksaan fakta oleh The Trump mengenai ucapan Trump pada 18 Februari di sebuah tunjuk perasaan di Florida menemui 13 "tuntutan meragukan," jumlah tuntutan yang sama seperti yang dijumpai dalam ucapan 24 Februari kepada CPAC, yang disokong oleh PolitiFact yang memenangi hadiah Pulitzer.

& # 8216 Tuntutan meragukan & # 8217 tidak kecil atau tidak penting seperti yang Smith mahukan untuk kami percayai.

The “dubious claims” were not minor or insignificant as Rep. Smith would like for us to believe. They included Trump statements about his immigration order and the courts that overturned it, increases in the number of jobs created since he was elected that he cannot legitimately take credit for, and a false claim that the media’s approval rating is lower than that of Congress, among others.

Without a free press, we would not have this information, which confirms that in Trump we have one of the most disingenuous, deceitful, and dishonest politicians in my lifetime, which exceeds seven decades. And this is the one source of news that Rep. Smith, a member of the House Freedom of the Press Caucus, wants us to rely on to the exclusion of all others. It causes me to ask, “What exactly is the purpose of the House Freedom of the Press caucus?”

The purposes of the Freedom of the Press Caucus were enunciated by its original bipartisan co-chairs, Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Mike Pence (R-IN), in 2006. Rep. Schiff said,

A free and open press is vital to a healthy democracy… By raising awareness of media censorship around the world, this caucus aims not only to protect journalists from persecution, but also to defend citizens’ access to unfettered information.

Where there is no freedom of the press, there is no freedom. If America is to be a beacon of hope to the world, we must hold high the ideal of a free and independent press, advance it abroad and defend it at home. I am honored to associate myself with the men and women in Congress in both parties who advocate the freedom of the press for all of mankind.

It seems beyond dispute that Rep. Smith does not live up to the purposes of the Freedom of the Press Caucus if he believes President Trump is a better purveyor of the truth than the reporting of the “liberal” national media, which he thinks should be ignored.

In spite of all the faults of our free press and in spite of Rep. Smith’s denigration of it, that free press is now trying to hold both President Trump and Rep. Smith accountable for their dishonesty. It remains to be seen if the voters will hold them accountable at the next election.

[Rag Blog kolumnis Lamar W. Hankins, a former San Marcos, Texas, City Attorney, also blogs at Texas Freethought Journal. This article © Texas Freethought Journal, Lamar W. Hankins.]

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Lamar W. Hankins : The ‘unvarnished truth’ of President Trump

SAN MARCOS, Texas — The words above were spoken on the House floor on January 23, 2017, by Congressman Lamar Smith, whose congressional district extends from Leakey, Fredericksburg, Kerrville, Boerne, and Northwest San Antonio, to New Braunfels, San Marcos, and on into South Austin. Apparently, he believes that his constituents should ignore all traditional sources of news and instead get their news only from President Trump.

One San Antonio journalist, Rick Casey, had the temerity to point out that this was pretty much the way it works in North Korea. His comments were censored, for a time, by the PBS station in San Antonio. The full story should serve as the canary in the coal mine for a free press.

PBS affiliate KLRN temporarily pulled Rick Casey’s commentary about Smith’s comments.

Casey has a regular weekly program on PBS affiliate KLRN in San Antonio. The program — Texas Week — usually concludes with a commentary from Casey, and is also published in the San Antonio Express-News. The newspaper carried Casey’s thoughts about Rep. Smith’s House comments on February 3. But the station’s President and CEO since January 2015, Arthur Rojas Emerson, pulled the commentary less than an hour before it was to air.

It should be noted that Emerson has been in broadcasting for many years, broken by a stint as CEO of a public relations agency, which had Rep. Smith as a client at one time.

Apparently, Emerson was concerned “that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting was under attack and that this would add to it.” The federally funded CPB provides financing for public stations, including KLRN. President Trump is viewed as hostile to public broadcasting and eager to cut its federal financing. For some unfathomable reason, Emerson was concerned also that the commentary might be defamatory.

After a discussion with Casey, publicity in the Texas Tribune, and discussion by Texas Week supporters on Facebook about the matter, Emerson relented and allowed the commentary to air on KLRN. You can watch or read Casey’s statement and commentary here.

PolitiFact found 78% of Trump’s statements to be false, mostly-false, or ‘pants-on-fire.’

Contrary to Rep. Smith’s opinion about Trump’s truth-telling, PolitiFact did a mid-year report on last year’s candidates for president and found that now-President Trump was not a very reliable source of information during the campaign. False, mostly-false, and “pants-on-fire” statements by Trump were 78% of all his statements that were checked. In fact, Trump had more pants-on-fire statements than all of the other 21 candidates combined — 30 of the 158 Trump statements checked.

Reporting about the same time, the Washington Post Fact Checker found that 46 statements checked yielded 70% that were awarded four Pinocchios, meaning they were whoppers. Menurut Politik, Trump’s first week as president yielded results in line with the veracity of statements he made during the campaign: 87 “misstatements, exaggerations, falsehoods” at the rate of “one untruth every 3.25 minutes” of the total time he talked at events and press conferences. More recent fact checks on Trump have shown similar results.

The Washington Post’s fact-checking of Trump’s February 16 news conference revealed 15 falsehoods, reporting that was supported by USA Hari Ini’s fact-checking. The Post’s fact-checking of Trump’s February 18 speech at a rally in Florida found 13 “dubious claims,” the same number of such claims that it found in his February 24 speech to CPAC, which was backed up by the Pulitzer prize winning PolitiFact.

The ‘dubious claims’ were not minor or insignificant as Smith would like us to believe.

The “dubious claims” were not minor or insignificant as Rep. Smith would like for us to believe. They included Trump statements about his immigration order and the courts that overturned it, increases in the number of jobs created since he was elected that he cannot legitimately take credit for, and a false claim that the media’s approval rating is lower than that of Congress, among others.

Without a free press, we would not have this information, which confirms that in Trump we have one of the most disingenuous, deceitful, and dishonest politicians in my lifetime, which exceeds seven decades. And this is the one source of news that Rep. Smith, a member of the House Freedom of the Press Caucus, wants us to rely on to the exclusion of all others. It causes me to ask, “What exactly is the purpose of the House Freedom of the Press caucus?”

The purposes of the Freedom of the Press Caucus were enunciated by its original bipartisan co-chairs, Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Mike Pence (R-IN), in 2006. Rep. Schiff said,

A free and open press is vital to a healthy democracy… By raising awareness of media censorship around the world, this caucus aims not only to protect journalists from persecution, but also to defend citizens’ access to unfettered information.

Where there is no freedom of the press, there is no freedom. If America is to be a beacon of hope to the world, we must hold high the ideal of a free and independent press, advance it abroad and defend it at home. I am honored to associate myself with the men and women in Congress in both parties who advocate the freedom of the press for all of mankind.

It seems beyond dispute that Rep. Smith does not live up to the purposes of the Freedom of the Press Caucus if he believes President Trump is a better purveyor of the truth than the reporting of the “liberal” national media, which he thinks should be ignored.

In spite of all the faults of our free press and in spite of Rep. Smith’s denigration of it, that free press is now trying to hold both President Trump and Rep. Smith accountable for their dishonesty. It remains to be seen if the voters will hold them accountable at the next election.

[Rag Blog kolumnis Lamar W. Hankins, a former San Marcos, Texas, City Attorney, also blogs at Texas Freethought Journal. This article © Texas Freethought Journal, Lamar W. Hankins.]

Read more articles by Lamar W. Hankins on The Rag Blog.


Lamar W. Hankins : The ‘unvarnished truth’ of President Trump

SAN MARCOS, Texas — The words above were spoken on the House floor on January 23, 2017, by Congressman Lamar Smith, whose congressional district extends from Leakey, Fredericksburg, Kerrville, Boerne, and Northwest San Antonio, to New Braunfels, San Marcos, and on into South Austin. Apparently, he believes that his constituents should ignore all traditional sources of news and instead get their news only from President Trump.

One San Antonio journalist, Rick Casey, had the temerity to point out that this was pretty much the way it works in North Korea. His comments were censored, for a time, by the PBS station in San Antonio. The full story should serve as the canary in the coal mine for a free press.

PBS affiliate KLRN temporarily pulled Rick Casey’s commentary about Smith’s comments.

Casey has a regular weekly program on PBS affiliate KLRN in San Antonio. The program — Texas Week — usually concludes with a commentary from Casey, and is also published in the San Antonio Express-News. The newspaper carried Casey’s thoughts about Rep. Smith’s House comments on February 3. But the station’s President and CEO since January 2015, Arthur Rojas Emerson, pulled the commentary less than an hour before it was to air.

It should be noted that Emerson has been in broadcasting for many years, broken by a stint as CEO of a public relations agency, which had Rep. Smith as a client at one time.

Apparently, Emerson was concerned “that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting was under attack and that this would add to it.” The federally funded CPB provides financing for public stations, including KLRN. President Trump is viewed as hostile to public broadcasting and eager to cut its federal financing. For some unfathomable reason, Emerson was concerned also that the commentary might be defamatory.

After a discussion with Casey, publicity in the Texas Tribune, and discussion by Texas Week supporters on Facebook about the matter, Emerson relented and allowed the commentary to air on KLRN. You can watch or read Casey’s statement and commentary here.

PolitiFact found 78% of Trump’s statements to be false, mostly-false, or ‘pants-on-fire.’

Contrary to Rep. Smith’s opinion about Trump’s truth-telling, PolitiFact did a mid-year report on last year’s candidates for president and found that now-President Trump was not a very reliable source of information during the campaign. False, mostly-false, and “pants-on-fire” statements by Trump were 78% of all his statements that were checked. In fact, Trump had more pants-on-fire statements than all of the other 21 candidates combined — 30 of the 158 Trump statements checked.

Reporting about the same time, the Washington Post Fact Checker found that 46 statements checked yielded 70% that were awarded four Pinocchios, meaning they were whoppers. Menurut Politik, Trump’s first week as president yielded results in line with the veracity of statements he made during the campaign: 87 “misstatements, exaggerations, falsehoods” at the rate of “one untruth every 3.25 minutes” of the total time he talked at events and press conferences. More recent fact checks on Trump have shown similar results.

The Washington Post’s fact-checking of Trump’s February 16 news conference revealed 15 falsehoods, reporting that was supported by USA Hari Ini’s fact-checking. The Post’s fact-checking of Trump’s February 18 speech at a rally in Florida found 13 “dubious claims,” the same number of such claims that it found in his February 24 speech to CPAC, which was backed up by the Pulitzer prize winning PolitiFact.

The ‘dubious claims’ were not minor or insignificant as Smith would like us to believe.

The “dubious claims” were not minor or insignificant as Rep. Smith would like for us to believe. They included Trump statements about his immigration order and the courts that overturned it, increases in the number of jobs created since he was elected that he cannot legitimately take credit for, and a false claim that the media’s approval rating is lower than that of Congress, among others.

Without a free press, we would not have this information, which confirms that in Trump we have one of the most disingenuous, deceitful, and dishonest politicians in my lifetime, which exceeds seven decades. And this is the one source of news that Rep. Smith, a member of the House Freedom of the Press Caucus, wants us to rely on to the exclusion of all others. It causes me to ask, “What exactly is the purpose of the House Freedom of the Press caucus?”

The purposes of the Freedom of the Press Caucus were enunciated by its original bipartisan co-chairs, Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Mike Pence (R-IN), in 2006. Rep. Schiff said,

A free and open press is vital to a healthy democracy… By raising awareness of media censorship around the world, this caucus aims not only to protect journalists from persecution, but also to defend citizens’ access to unfettered information.

Where there is no freedom of the press, there is no freedom. If America is to be a beacon of hope to the world, we must hold high the ideal of a free and independent press, advance it abroad and defend it at home. I am honored to associate myself with the men and women in Congress in both parties who advocate the freedom of the press for all of mankind.

It seems beyond dispute that Rep. Smith does not live up to the purposes of the Freedom of the Press Caucus if he believes President Trump is a better purveyor of the truth than the reporting of the “liberal” national media, which he thinks should be ignored.

In spite of all the faults of our free press and in spite of Rep. Smith’s denigration of it, that free press is now trying to hold both President Trump and Rep. Smith accountable for their dishonesty. It remains to be seen if the voters will hold them accountable at the next election.

[Rag Blog kolumnis Lamar W. Hankins, a former San Marcos, Texas, City Attorney, also blogs at Texas Freethought Journal. This article © Texas Freethought Journal, Lamar W. Hankins.]

Read more articles by Lamar W. Hankins on The Rag Blog.


Lamar W. Hankins : The ‘unvarnished truth’ of President Trump

SAN MARCOS, Texas — The words above were spoken on the House floor on January 23, 2017, by Congressman Lamar Smith, whose congressional district extends from Leakey, Fredericksburg, Kerrville, Boerne, and Northwest San Antonio, to New Braunfels, San Marcos, and on into South Austin. Apparently, he believes that his constituents should ignore all traditional sources of news and instead get their news only from President Trump.

One San Antonio journalist, Rick Casey, had the temerity to point out that this was pretty much the way it works in North Korea. His comments were censored, for a time, by the PBS station in San Antonio. The full story should serve as the canary in the coal mine for a free press.

PBS affiliate KLRN temporarily pulled Rick Casey’s commentary about Smith’s comments.

Casey has a regular weekly program on PBS affiliate KLRN in San Antonio. The program — Texas Week — usually concludes with a commentary from Casey, and is also published in the San Antonio Express-News. The newspaper carried Casey’s thoughts about Rep. Smith’s House comments on February 3. But the station’s President and CEO since January 2015, Arthur Rojas Emerson, pulled the commentary less than an hour before it was to air.

It should be noted that Emerson has been in broadcasting for many years, broken by a stint as CEO of a public relations agency, which had Rep. Smith as a client at one time.

Apparently, Emerson was concerned “that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting was under attack and that this would add to it.” The federally funded CPB provides financing for public stations, including KLRN. President Trump is viewed as hostile to public broadcasting and eager to cut its federal financing. For some unfathomable reason, Emerson was concerned also that the commentary might be defamatory.

After a discussion with Casey, publicity in the Texas Tribune, and discussion by Texas Week supporters on Facebook about the matter, Emerson relented and allowed the commentary to air on KLRN. You can watch or read Casey’s statement and commentary here.

PolitiFact found 78% of Trump’s statements to be false, mostly-false, or ‘pants-on-fire.’

Contrary to Rep. Smith’s opinion about Trump’s truth-telling, PolitiFact did a mid-year report on last year’s candidates for president and found that now-President Trump was not a very reliable source of information during the campaign. False, mostly-false, and “pants-on-fire” statements by Trump were 78% of all his statements that were checked. In fact, Trump had more pants-on-fire statements than all of the other 21 candidates combined — 30 of the 158 Trump statements checked.

Reporting about the same time, the Washington Post Fact Checker found that 46 statements checked yielded 70% that were awarded four Pinocchios, meaning they were whoppers. Menurut Politik, Trump’s first week as president yielded results in line with the veracity of statements he made during the campaign: 87 “misstatements, exaggerations, falsehoods” at the rate of “one untruth every 3.25 minutes” of the total time he talked at events and press conferences. More recent fact checks on Trump have shown similar results.

The Washington Post’s fact-checking of Trump’s February 16 news conference revealed 15 falsehoods, reporting that was supported by USA Hari Ini’s fact-checking. The Post’s fact-checking of Trump’s February 18 speech at a rally in Florida found 13 “dubious claims,” the same number of such claims that it found in his February 24 speech to CPAC, which was backed up by the Pulitzer prize winning PolitiFact.

The ‘dubious claims’ were not minor or insignificant as Smith would like us to believe.

The “dubious claims” were not minor or insignificant as Rep. Smith would like for us to believe. They included Trump statements about his immigration order and the courts that overturned it, increases in the number of jobs created since he was elected that he cannot legitimately take credit for, and a false claim that the media’s approval rating is lower than that of Congress, among others.

Without a free press, we would not have this information, which confirms that in Trump we have one of the most disingenuous, deceitful, and dishonest politicians in my lifetime, which exceeds seven decades. And this is the one source of news that Rep. Smith, a member of the House Freedom of the Press Caucus, wants us to rely on to the exclusion of all others. It causes me to ask, “What exactly is the purpose of the House Freedom of the Press caucus?”

The purposes of the Freedom of the Press Caucus were enunciated by its original bipartisan co-chairs, Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Mike Pence (R-IN), in 2006. Rep. Schiff said,

A free and open press is vital to a healthy democracy… By raising awareness of media censorship around the world, this caucus aims not only to protect journalists from persecution, but also to defend citizens’ access to unfettered information.

Where there is no freedom of the press, there is no freedom. If America is to be a beacon of hope to the world, we must hold high the ideal of a free and independent press, advance it abroad and defend it at home. I am honored to associate myself with the men and women in Congress in both parties who advocate the freedom of the press for all of mankind.

It seems beyond dispute that Rep. Smith does not live up to the purposes of the Freedom of the Press Caucus if he believes President Trump is a better purveyor of the truth than the reporting of the “liberal” national media, which he thinks should be ignored.

In spite of all the faults of our free press and in spite of Rep. Smith’s denigration of it, that free press is now trying to hold both President Trump and Rep. Smith accountable for their dishonesty. It remains to be seen if the voters will hold them accountable at the next election.

[Rag Blog kolumnis Lamar W. Hankins, a former San Marcos, Texas, City Attorney, also blogs at Texas Freethought Journal. This article © Texas Freethought Journal, Lamar W. Hankins.]

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Lamar W. Hankins : The ‘unvarnished truth’ of President Trump

SAN MARCOS, Texas — The words above were spoken on the House floor on January 23, 2017, by Congressman Lamar Smith, whose congressional district extends from Leakey, Fredericksburg, Kerrville, Boerne, and Northwest San Antonio, to New Braunfels, San Marcos, and on into South Austin. Apparently, he believes that his constituents should ignore all traditional sources of news and instead get their news only from President Trump.

One San Antonio journalist, Rick Casey, had the temerity to point out that this was pretty much the way it works in North Korea. His comments were censored, for a time, by the PBS station in San Antonio. The full story should serve as the canary in the coal mine for a free press.

PBS affiliate KLRN temporarily pulled Rick Casey’s commentary about Smith’s comments.

Casey has a regular weekly program on PBS affiliate KLRN in San Antonio. The program — Texas Week — usually concludes with a commentary from Casey, and is also published in the San Antonio Express-News. The newspaper carried Casey’s thoughts about Rep. Smith’s House comments on February 3. But the station’s President and CEO since January 2015, Arthur Rojas Emerson, pulled the commentary less than an hour before it was to air.

It should be noted that Emerson has been in broadcasting for many years, broken by a stint as CEO of a public relations agency, which had Rep. Smith as a client at one time.

Apparently, Emerson was concerned “that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting was under attack and that this would add to it.” The federally funded CPB provides financing for public stations, including KLRN. President Trump is viewed as hostile to public broadcasting and eager to cut its federal financing. For some unfathomable reason, Emerson was concerned also that the commentary might be defamatory.

After a discussion with Casey, publicity in the Texas Tribune, and discussion by Texas Week supporters on Facebook about the matter, Emerson relented and allowed the commentary to air on KLRN. You can watch or read Casey’s statement and commentary here.

PolitiFact found 78% of Trump’s statements to be false, mostly-false, or ‘pants-on-fire.’

Contrary to Rep. Smith’s opinion about Trump’s truth-telling, PolitiFact did a mid-year report on last year’s candidates for president and found that now-President Trump was not a very reliable source of information during the campaign. False, mostly-false, and “pants-on-fire” statements by Trump were 78% of all his statements that were checked. In fact, Trump had more pants-on-fire statements than all of the other 21 candidates combined — 30 of the 158 Trump statements checked.

Reporting about the same time, the Washington Post Fact Checker found that 46 statements checked yielded 70% that were awarded four Pinocchios, meaning they were whoppers. Menurut Politik, Trump’s first week as president yielded results in line with the veracity of statements he made during the campaign: 87 “misstatements, exaggerations, falsehoods” at the rate of “one untruth every 3.25 minutes” of the total time he talked at events and press conferences. More recent fact checks on Trump have shown similar results.

The Washington Post’s fact-checking of Trump’s February 16 news conference revealed 15 falsehoods, reporting that was supported by USA Hari Ini’s fact-checking. The Post’s fact-checking of Trump’s February 18 speech at a rally in Florida found 13 “dubious claims,” the same number of such claims that it found in his February 24 speech to CPAC, which was backed up by the Pulitzer prize winning PolitiFact.

The ‘dubious claims’ were not minor or insignificant as Smith would like us to believe.

The “dubious claims” were not minor or insignificant as Rep. Smith would like for us to believe. They included Trump statements about his immigration order and the courts that overturned it, increases in the number of jobs created since he was elected that he cannot legitimately take credit for, and a false claim that the media’s approval rating is lower than that of Congress, among others.

Without a free press, we would not have this information, which confirms that in Trump we have one of the most disingenuous, deceitful, and dishonest politicians in my lifetime, which exceeds seven decades. And this is the one source of news that Rep. Smith, a member of the House Freedom of the Press Caucus, wants us to rely on to the exclusion of all others. It causes me to ask, “What exactly is the purpose of the House Freedom of the Press caucus?”

The purposes of the Freedom of the Press Caucus were enunciated by its original bipartisan co-chairs, Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Mike Pence (R-IN), in 2006. Rep. Schiff said,

A free and open press is vital to a healthy democracy… By raising awareness of media censorship around the world, this caucus aims not only to protect journalists from persecution, but also to defend citizens’ access to unfettered information.

Where there is no freedom of the press, there is no freedom. If America is to be a beacon of hope to the world, we must hold high the ideal of a free and independent press, advance it abroad and defend it at home. I am honored to associate myself with the men and women in Congress in both parties who advocate the freedom of the press for all of mankind.

It seems beyond dispute that Rep. Smith does not live up to the purposes of the Freedom of the Press Caucus if he believes President Trump is a better purveyor of the truth than the reporting of the “liberal” national media, which he thinks should be ignored.

In spite of all the faults of our free press and in spite of Rep. Smith’s denigration of it, that free press is now trying to hold both President Trump and Rep. Smith accountable for their dishonesty. It remains to be seen if the voters will hold them accountable at the next election.

[Rag Blog kolumnis Lamar W. Hankins, a former San Marcos, Texas, City Attorney, also blogs at Texas Freethought Journal. This article © Texas Freethought Journal, Lamar W. Hankins.]

Read more articles by Lamar W. Hankins on The Rag Blog.


Lamar W. Hankins : The ‘unvarnished truth’ of President Trump

SAN MARCOS, Texas — The words above were spoken on the House floor on January 23, 2017, by Congressman Lamar Smith, whose congressional district extends from Leakey, Fredericksburg, Kerrville, Boerne, and Northwest San Antonio, to New Braunfels, San Marcos, and on into South Austin. Apparently, he believes that his constituents should ignore all traditional sources of news and instead get their news only from President Trump.

One San Antonio journalist, Rick Casey, had the temerity to point out that this was pretty much the way it works in North Korea. His comments were censored, for a time, by the PBS station in San Antonio. The full story should serve as the canary in the coal mine for a free press.

PBS affiliate KLRN temporarily pulled Rick Casey’s commentary about Smith’s comments.

Casey has a regular weekly program on PBS affiliate KLRN in San Antonio. The program — Texas Week — usually concludes with a commentary from Casey, and is also published in the San Antonio Express-News. The newspaper carried Casey’s thoughts about Rep. Smith’s House comments on February 3. But the station’s President and CEO since January 2015, Arthur Rojas Emerson, pulled the commentary less than an hour before it was to air.

It should be noted that Emerson has been in broadcasting for many years, broken by a stint as CEO of a public relations agency, which had Rep. Smith as a client at one time.

Apparently, Emerson was concerned “that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting was under attack and that this would add to it.” The federally funded CPB provides financing for public stations, including KLRN. President Trump is viewed as hostile to public broadcasting and eager to cut its federal financing. For some unfathomable reason, Emerson was concerned also that the commentary might be defamatory.

After a discussion with Casey, publicity in the Texas Tribune, and discussion by Texas Week supporters on Facebook about the matter, Emerson relented and allowed the commentary to air on KLRN. You can watch or read Casey’s statement and commentary here.

PolitiFact found 78% of Trump’s statements to be false, mostly-false, or ‘pants-on-fire.’

Contrary to Rep. Smith’s opinion about Trump’s truth-telling, PolitiFact did a mid-year report on last year’s candidates for president and found that now-President Trump was not a very reliable source of information during the campaign. False, mostly-false, and “pants-on-fire” statements by Trump were 78% of all his statements that were checked. In fact, Trump had more pants-on-fire statements than all of the other 21 candidates combined — 30 of the 158 Trump statements checked.

Reporting about the same time, the Washington Post Fact Checker found that 46 statements checked yielded 70% that were awarded four Pinocchios, meaning they were whoppers. Menurut Politik, Trump’s first week as president yielded results in line with the veracity of statements he made during the campaign: 87 “misstatements, exaggerations, falsehoods” at the rate of “one untruth every 3.25 minutes” of the total time he talked at events and press conferences. More recent fact checks on Trump have shown similar results.

The Washington Post’s fact-checking of Trump’s February 16 news conference revealed 15 falsehoods, reporting that was supported by USA Hari Ini’s fact-checking. The Post’s fact-checking of Trump’s February 18 speech at a rally in Florida found 13 “dubious claims,” the same number of such claims that it found in his February 24 speech to CPAC, which was backed up by the Pulitzer prize winning PolitiFact.

The ‘dubious claims’ were not minor or insignificant as Smith would like us to believe.

The “dubious claims” were not minor or insignificant as Rep. Smith would like for us to believe. They included Trump statements about his immigration order and the courts that overturned it, increases in the number of jobs created since he was elected that he cannot legitimately take credit for, and a false claim that the media’s approval rating is lower than that of Congress, among others.

Without a free press, we would not have this information, which confirms that in Trump we have one of the most disingenuous, deceitful, and dishonest politicians in my lifetime, which exceeds seven decades. And this is the one source of news that Rep. Smith, a member of the House Freedom of the Press Caucus, wants us to rely on to the exclusion of all others. It causes me to ask, “What exactly is the purpose of the House Freedom of the Press caucus?”

The purposes of the Freedom of the Press Caucus were enunciated by its original bipartisan co-chairs, Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Mike Pence (R-IN), in 2006. Rep. Schiff said,

A free and open press is vital to a healthy democracy… By raising awareness of media censorship around the world, this caucus aims not only to protect journalists from persecution, but also to defend citizens’ access to unfettered information.

Where there is no freedom of the press, there is no freedom. If America is to be a beacon of hope to the world, we must hold high the ideal of a free and independent press, advance it abroad and defend it at home. I am honored to associate myself with the men and women in Congress in both parties who advocate the freedom of the press for all of mankind.

It seems beyond dispute that Rep. Smith does not live up to the purposes of the Freedom of the Press Caucus if he believes President Trump is a better purveyor of the truth than the reporting of the “liberal” national media, which he thinks should be ignored.

In spite of all the faults of our free press and in spite of Rep. Smith’s denigration of it, that free press is now trying to hold both President Trump and Rep. Smith accountable for their dishonesty. It remains to be seen if the voters will hold them accountable at the next election.

[Rag Blog kolumnis Lamar W. Hankins, a former San Marcos, Texas, City Attorney, also blogs at Texas Freethought Journal. This article © Texas Freethought Journal, Lamar W. Hankins.]

Read more articles by Lamar W. Hankins on The Rag Blog.