Journalism Is Not A Crime

Mr. President, Journalism Is Not A Crime

"From CNN To Fox News, no journalist is the enemy." — Jim Acosta.

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President Donald Trump's public war with the media is more serious than many people seem to believe. The president is the face of our country, a position that holds the greatest amount of respect, honor and power. Journalists are the balance to that power and their mission is to be the voice of the people and hold officials accountable.

The president's strong dislike for certain news media has turned into a long string of attacks on networks, officials and specific journalists. Many of these attacks have taken place on Twitter and, increasingly, in person.

Here's where there is a problem.

Whether you are a fan of transparent or opinionated news, President Trump's narrative that any news media are the "enemy of the people" is just not valid.

Below are examples of the president's constant battle with the media.

Don Lemon of CNN and Lebron James

On August 3, 2018, the president took to Twitter to address his dislike for Don Lemon and an interview he did with Lebron James.

Cecilia Vega and ABC News

Cecilia Vega is another journalist who has been ridiculed for merely asking the president a question. Vega is a Senior White House Correspondent for ABC News.

Yamiche Alcindor and PBS NewsHour

The president as shown in the clip above chose to single out three African-American women, who are journalists.

The journalists are Abby Phillip, a CNN White House Correspondent, April Ryan, a CNN Political Analyst and Yamiche Alcindor, a White House Correspondent of PBS NewsHour and a Political Contributor to NBC News and MSNBC.

April Ryan, Abby Phillip and CNN

President Trump chose to avoid a question by Abby Phillip and instead make remarks on her reporting. Trump also chose to ridicule April Ryan for her role as a journalist.

Limiting Who Can Ask Questions

In this clip, the president explains his anger with CNN at the given time. Trump goes on to deny CNN reporters including Jim Acosta, the ability to ask him questions because their "organization is terrible."

Notice a pattern?

Of the few examples, many who were called out were women, people of color, and journalists that hold the president accountable.

The problem with the president's attacks is that the public is inclined to believe him. Making journalists the enemy, not only conflicts with our first amendment rights, but it conflicts with what makes our country so great.

This behavior is not responsible for, but definitely encourages the wrong type of behavior from the public as hate crimes have risen 17 percent, from 2016 to 2017.

This has led to many attacks including the mailing of pipe bombs to 16 critics of the president: two former presidents, the CNN Center, and more.

Here's where it gets interesting.

Jim Acosta, CNN's chief White House correspondent, has had a rocky history with the president, which has come up in recent news.

Here is the history of the two.

A short history of Donald Trump's clashes with CNN's Jim Acosta www.youtube.com

And here is why CNN and Jim Acosta are suing the president and his top White House aides.

Trump clashes with Jim Acosta in testy exchange www.youtube.com

The tweet below is what should scare the public, as it is an altered version of the encounter with Jim Acosta posted by Sarah Sanders.

The evidence:

But here is the deal breaker.

All media networks are siding with the truth. Jim Acosta should be given his press pass back and Fox News agrees.

In a Forbes article, Fox News president Jay Wallace was quoted saying, "Secret Service passes for working journalists should never be weaponized. While we don't condone the growing antagonistic tone by both the president and the press at recent media avails, we do support a free press, access and open exchanges for the American people."

What unities them?

The first amendment.

That is one thing the president cannot take away from the media.

Jim Acosta: From CNN To Fox News, No Journalist Is The Enemy www.youtube.com

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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Abortion Bans Are Only A Small Part Of The Republican War On Women

These bans expose the Republican Party for what it truly is.

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This week, several states passed laws that ban abortion after six to eight weeks of pregnancy, before most women even know that they're pregnant. The most egregious of these is Alabama — the state has banned abortion except for in cases of danger to the mother. Exceptions in the cases of rape and incest were actively voted against by the state legislature. Under the new law, any doctor who is caught giving an abortion would be sentenced to 99 years in prison, and the woman would be charged with murder.

Apart from the fact that this explicitly violates the decision of Roe v. Wade (which is the point), this is only a small part of the slow but steady degradation of women's rights by Republicans in the United States. To anyone who believes that this is simply about people being "pro-life" or "saving the children," then tell them to look at what happens after the fetus is carried to term.

Republicans oppose forcing fathers to be involved in the lives of their children that were forcibly carried to term, desires to cut food stamps and make it more difficult to feed said child, cut funding for affordable housing to make it more difficult for them to find homes, cut spending to public education so these children can't move up the social ladder, and refuse to offer the woman or her child health insurance to keep them both healthy. What about efforts to prevent pregnancy? Republicans also oppose funding birth control and contraception, as well as opposing comprehensive sexual education. To them, the only feasible solution is to simply keep your legs shut. They oppose all of these things because it is, in their eyes, a violation of individual rights to force people to do something. The bill also makes women who get abortions felons, and felons can't vote. I'll let you finish putting those two together.

If you view it from this framework, it would seem like Republicans are being extremely hypocritical by violating the personal freedoms of pregnant women, but if you look at it from the view of restricting social mobility for women, then it makes perfect sense. The Republican dogma of "individual rights" and "personal responsibility" is a socially acceptable facade that they use to cover up their true intentions of protecting the status quo and protect those in power. About any Republican policy, ask yourself: does this disperse power or consolidate it? Whether it be education, healthcare, the environment, or the economy, Republicans love to keep power away from the average citizen and give it to the small number of people that they deem "deserving" of it because of their race, gender, wealth, or power. This is the case with abortion as well; Power is being taken from women, and being given back to men in a reversal of the Feminist Movement of the 1970s.

Republicans don't believe in systemic issues. They believe that everyone has the same opportunity to succeed regardless of what point they started. This is why they love capitalism so much. It acts as some sort of great filter in which only those who deserve power can make it to the top. It's also why they hate social policies; they think that helping people who can't help themselves changes the hierarchy in a negative way by giving people who don't "deserve" power, power. Of course, we know that just because you have money and power doesn't mean you earned it fair and square, and even if Republicans believe it, it wouldn't change anything because it wouldn't change how they want to distribute power.

In short, Republican policies, including abortion, leave the average American with less money, less protection, less education, worse health, less opportunity, fewer rights, and less freedom. This is NOT a side effect. This is the point. Regardless of what Republicans will tell you about "inalienable rights" and how everyone is equal, in reality, they believe that some people and groups are more deserving of rights than others, and the group that deserves rights the most are the ones "that will do the best with them." To Republicans, this group consists of the wealthy, the powerful, and the white — the mega-rich, the CEOs of large companies, gun owners and Christians.

So, who do Republicans think deserve power and give it to? People who look and think like them. This, however, begs the question: Who do they want to take it from?

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