Thoughts on the MSM megaphone
Did the MSM listen?: From President Trump’s speech in Korea, “The Korean miracle extends exactly as far as the armies of free nations advanced in 1953 — 24 miles to the north. There, it stops; it all comes to an end. Dead stop. The flourishing ends, and the prison state of North Korea sadly begins.”
The speech was determined and detailed. Don Surber reviewed mainstream media (MSM) coverage: NPR: “As The World Watches Trump In Korea, His New Jersey Golf Course Gets A Plug.” The Hill: “Trump touts New Jersey golf club during South Korea speech.” The Washington Post: “Trump promotes his New Jersey golf course during speech to South Korea parliament.”
So much for diverse: According to QZ.com, Denise Young Smith, Apple’s first VP of inclusion and diversity, was fired for comments like, “There can be 12 white, blue-eyed, blond men in a room and they’re going to be diverse too because they’re going to bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation.” “Diversity is the human experience,” she said. “I get a little bit frustrated when diversity or the term diversity is tagged to the people of color, or the women, or the LGBT.”
The ACA was supposed to be affordable: Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin on Mike Wallace’s show explained why the individual mandate fine should end, “It’s a tax on poor people who can’t afford medical insurance.”
Sounds like control: Blogger exdem objects to the comment “They let you do it. — “LET” synonyms: Allow, Approve, Authorize, Endorse, License, Permit, Sanction, Give leave, Give okay, Give permission.
Origins of the tax mess: Blogger OL says, “The older I get the wiser I think the Founders were. On the assumption that most spending should be done by ‘neighbors’ as much as possible since you can yell at them when you see them, they designed a system that a) let the States appoint their own Senators, and b) assessed the states directly for funds needed by the Federal Government and denied the Feds direct access to individual income or assets. So the Feds had to pass a bill that goes to the states, or else they get income from tariffs. We are in the mess we are in largely because of those two changes to the plan.”
Good advice: From Twitter, a sign outside a Baptist Church: To thank a Veteran, become an American worth defending.
More good advice: Blogger catsmeat says, “there’s an easy way to teach your kids nursery rhymes — read to them, with a nice illustrated edition (Michael Hague’s is beautiful, for instance). Then after two-three years, they won’t ever really forget them (assuming you read the volume to them about forty or fifty times).