NBC and its subsidiary networks have long demonstrated a common worldview with Donald Trump. Why is everyone so surprised?

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Yesterday, NBC announced that it had scheduled a town hall with U.S. President Donald Trump to take place tonight, October 15, at 8:00 p.m. The event will be shown nationally across several NBC properties, including the broadcast NBC network, basic cable networks MSNBC and CNBC, and streaming outlets ABC News Live, Hulu, YouTube TV and other streaming platforms, according to The New York Times.

This last-minute event was scheduled to take place live at 8:00 p.m. Eastern — the same time that ABC’s town hall with Joe Biden will take place. The ABC town hall will be shown on the ABC broadcast network and the ABC News streaming service, ABCNews.com, Hulu, YouTube TV and other streaming platforms with ABC News apps. ABC’s Biden town hall was scheduled last week, after Trump refused to participate in a virtual online debate, requested by the Biden campaign to protect the former vice president from exposure to the novel coronavirus, for which Donald Trump was recently treated. …

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From the very beginning of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, his platform was based in hatred.

For a man of so much braggadocious bluster, many of his most-quoted comments are his most-hateful comments:

Those are some of the most-quoted comments. They represent a drop among the plethora of hatred he has uttered or acted upon.

As a political tactic, dividing ‘other’ groups from among one’s own population to make the majority feel superior has worked for others — yes, including Adolf Hitler — and it certainly worked for Donald Trump within the Republican Party. …

On September 11, 2001, I was a recent college graduate, dutifully working at my computer when I heard my coworker Kenny call out, “Terrorism! Terrorism!” I laughed.

At that time, I was 21 years old, and during my lifetime, I only knew terrorism as a theme in action movies. Throughout my youth, terrorists were usually Russian. After that day, they’d usually be depicted in film and television as Middle Eastern.

My initial instinct when I saw footage of the first airplane hit the World Trade Center was that it was a fluke — the radar must have been down or something. Then with the second plane…I naively suspected that, yes, it was a technology problem. …

As of January 16, 2021, 387,255 human lives have been lost to the COVID-19 pandemic within the United States over the past 10 months, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Data scientists project that more than half a million American people may have died from COVID-19 by February 6.

More than one in every 1,000 people in the United States has died from COVID-19 since March 2020.

By comparison to World War II, World War I, Vietnam War, Korean War and September 11, 2001 casualties, only the first killed more Americans than the COVID-19 pandemic did — and the pandemic likely will have killed more within a month’s time. …

I told you so.

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Five years ago, in November of 2015, I watched and listened with disbelief as people in power of different kinds — politics, business, news media — debated or flatly accepted atrocious, even horrific statements and proposed actions that even in my wildest imaginings I never dreamed might take place in this country.

I knew I was witnessing the advent of a leader who could do great damage, and who would do that damage if the people of the United States of America stepped aside and allowed him to do it.

I discussed these concerns in an essay called “The Dangers of Dismissing Donald Trump’s Hateful Rhetoric,” and an editor from a major national news magazine wrote to me that “any comparison between 1930s Europe and the United States is hyperbole and not something we would consider publishing.” …

I ignored the headline when I saw a dispute between professional pundit Hilary Rosen and Bernie Sanders Campaign Co-Chair Nina Turner on Twitter yesterday.

Everyone is so angry these days. So reactive.

Sometimes I have to opt out.

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The story was still trending this morning, and my curiosity got the better of me. I clicked. I watched. I gasped.

Turner, a former state senator from Ohio, made a reference to a quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. about “white moderates.”

Rosen rebutted by cutting Turner off: “Nina, wait. Wait. What he said was that we should worry about the silence of white moderates. And what we have in Joe Biden is a man who is not silent.” …

As so many people who live with Lyme disease will attest, just about everything Lyme related can be complex, difficult to understand, and sometimes even self-contradictory. This includes how Lyme disease is reported.

As global warming drives tick populations to spread, news about the disease is likewise spreading. National news media have addressed the disease in a variety of ways this year, and even the U.S. …

By now, you’ve heard and read all about Deadspin’s expose of a script that Sinclair Broadcast Group required reporters or anchors in its various local stations to read on air.

Even if you’ve watched it a dozen times, you should watch the video again. One thing I learned during my undergraduate film and media studies courses is that embedded messages become more transparent with every view as long as the viewer knows what to watch for.

The 1:07 mark stands out to me particularly because it makes the message personal. There, we see Autria Godfrey of Washington, D.C.’s WJLA ABC-7 news station asserting to us us, “this is extremely dangerous for our democracy.” WJLA is the local Washington, D.C. affiliate station; ABC-7 news is one of my local news outlets. To imagine this city of all cities being under the influence of state-sanctioned propaganda is alarming. It’s not surprising, necessarily — I had a strong inclination (dismissed by a magazine editor as “hyperbolic” then) back in 2015 where our country was headed — but it is nevertheless shocking to experience the rapid transformation of a democratic republic to an autocracy with so many willing participants. …

Last Friday, 28 patients filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against the Infectious Diseases Society of America, eight health insurance companies, and seven medical doctors, Courthouse News reported yesterday, “because health insurers are denying coverage with bogus guidelines established by their paid consultants, who falsely say the disease can always be cured with a month of antibiotics.”

Contrary to the often-reported claim that Lyme disease affects people almost exclusively from Washington, D.C. …

The explosive story about legendary Miramax mogul Harvey Weinstein’s silently sanctioned abuses continues to snowball beyond any reasonable expectations. Buzzfeed has published a still-not-comprehensive list of (presently) 39 women who have alleged that Weinstein sexually harassed, intimidated, or assaulted them. Among the accusers are ingenues Cara Delevingne — whose account includes profound and disturbing homophobic intimidation from Weinstein — and AAA-list movie stars destined to be Hollywood legends, including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and women of veritably all walks of life in the entertainment industry.

The alleged abuses took place over decades, no different than the allegations against Bill Cosby (at least 59 women) and, yes, President of the United States of America Donald Trump (at least a dozen). …


D. M. Conchobhair

Washington, D.C.-based professional writer and unprofessional painter with many passions, including health, decency, Earth, asking questions and lots more.

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