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The Big Lie

Watch this PBS Frontline Documentary About Trump's Big Lie

Submitted by Robin Messing on Sun, 04/03/2022 - 6:55pm

Our democracy is hanging by a thread. It has never been in more danger during my lifetime, and I'm an old geezer who can remember back to the Nixon Administration. And the source of democracy's jeopardy is Trump's Big Lie that the election was stolen from him. This lie motivated the January 6 insurrection and, just as importantly, it is motivating efforts to place acolytes of this lie in positions where they are the ones who decide how the votes will get counted in 2024.

Donald Trump's Attacks On Our Democracy: Pt. 3-- Trump's Attacks On The Free Press

Submitted by Robin Messing on Wed, 10/14/2020 - 5:31pm



The Importance of a Free Press


A free and vigorous press is essential to good government and the functioning of our democracy. Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter."  George Mason wrote in Virginia's 1776 Declaration of Rights that, “the freedom of the press is one of the greatest bulwarks of liberty, and can never be restrained but by despotic governments." And in an April 1961 speech John F. Kennedy said


Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed and no republic can survive. . . .  that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment– the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution . . .to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.”

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