Clay Bennett for June 29, 2018

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    Bookworm  about 4 years ago

    Perhaps we should arm the editors, and reduce the number of doors. But we did get the obligatory “thoughts and prayers.”

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    montessoriteacher  about 4 years ago

    I hope they are beefing up security around media outlets. Arm reporters? At least get some metal detectors, security cameras and security guards.

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    "It's the End of the World!!!" Premium Member about 4 years ago

    Wow. I suspect that Mr. Bennett did not know that this was a personal attack by the coward apparently as retribution for a past issue.

    But why should THAT get in the way of hyperbolizing the issue?

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    ruthkando  about 4 years ago

    The climate of permissiveness for hate allowed the killer to act NOW.

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    superposition  about 4 years ago

    https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/donald-trump-incitement-violence/

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    JHayes  about 4 years ago

    Exactly We need a singed confession that specifically says that Politics was the cause of the attack before we can say that Trumps “The Enemy of the People” rhetoric is a contributor to general violence against the Press. “Knock the Crap out of him” only suggest violence against whomever the HIM was in Trumps statement. It does not suggest violence against any other protest that may have been present.

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    claybennett creator about 4 years ago

    Does the fact that Jarrod Ramos had a specific grievance with the Capital Gazette make his actions any less an attack on the press?

    Do you think the journalists who were killed or injured yesterday were targeted because of their specific transgressions against the shooter, or were they just in the wrong newsroom at the wrong time?

    People were targeted and killed by a gunman yesterday for being journalists. That’s all this image reflects. And as far as I’m concerned, an attack on ONE of us is an attack on ALL of us.

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    well-i-never  about 4 years ago

    Milo Yiannopoulos said he was only trolling journalists when he told two of them, “I can’t wait for the vigilante squads to start gunning journalists down on sight.” This was two days before the Thursday shooting. Rants like those by Andylit and Lil ol me miss the mark with their own personal biases.

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    Motivemagus  about 4 years ago

    So I observe the right-wingers here are all up in arms at the idea that #45 might have anything to do with this.

    I did NOT observe them objecting to the idea that reporters should be shot.

    I did NOT see them objecting to guns being readily available to the mentally ill.

    I did NOT see them commenting on Milo Yiannopolis’ statement about killing the press.

    I did NOT see them objecting when Trump called reporters “Enemies of the American people” nor when he suggested he, despite being a public figure, should be allowed to sue the press or shut it down.

    By your own inaction, I condemn you.

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    Andylit Premium Member about 4 years ago

    The Journalist’s Creed – Walter Williams 1914

    - I believe in the profession of journalism.- I believe that the public journal is a public trust; that all connected with it are, to the full measure of their responsibility, trustees for the public; that acceptance of a lesser service than the public service is betrayal of this trust.

    - I believe that clear thinking and clear statement, accuracy and fairness are fundamental to good journalism.

    - I believe that a journalist should write only what he holds in his heart to be true.

    - I believe that suppression of the news, for any consideration other than the welfare of society, is indefensible.

    - I believe that no one should write as a journalist what he would not say as a gentleman; that bribery by one’s own pocketbook is as much to be avoided as bribery by the pocketbook of another; that individual responsibility may not be escaped by pleading another’s instructions or another’s dividends.

    - I believe that advertising, news and editorial columns should alike serve the best interests of readers; that a single standard of helpful truth and cleanness should prevail for all; that the supreme test of good journalism is the measure of its public service.

    - I believe that the journalism which succeeds best — and best deserves success — fears God and honors Man; is stoutly independent, unmoved by pride of opinion or greed of power, constructive, tolerant but never careless, self-controlled, patient, always respectful of its readers but always unafraid, is quickly indignant at injustice; is unswayed by the appeal of privilege or the clamor of the mob; seeks to give every man a chance and, as far as law and honest wage and recognition of human brotherhood can make it so, an equal chance; is profoundly patriotic while sincerely promoting international good will and cementing world-comradeship; is a journalism of humanity, of and for today’s world.

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    Baslim the Beggar Premium Member about 4 years ago

    The fright-wingers’ excuse: Inciting a riot is not the same as being one of the rioters.

    They’re right, of course. It’s much worse.

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    Deb1805  about 4 years ago

    And yet again I ask, if Clay Bennett’s opinions agitate, offend, and insult you, why do you read him? You have a choice.

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    Zuhlamon Premium Member about 4 years ago

    Make no mistake, a Free Press is the enemy of mobsters and looters.

    Trump and his Republican cronies and Oligarch donors are looking to set up a more biggerer and betterer empire than Putin’s. Can’t do it when we can see what they are doing, so they want to shut that view down.

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    Zuhlamon Premium Member about 4 years ago

    @DagNabbitSo if they shut the view down and we can’t see what they’re doing, how do you know what they’re doing?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argument_from_ignorance

    Just another argument of fallacious logic from a Trumpster seeking to change, divert, or obfuscate the narrative.

    So your dogged defense of malfeasant behavior (or inability to accept empirical data as truth) is best explained as (A) trolling, (B) fecklessness, © compensation in exchange for allegiance, (D) divine assurance, (E) cognitive ignorance, (F) hatred / bigotry / spite, or (G) sheer stupidity.

    So, the rest of us wonder what motivates the Trump worshipper, as actually cannot imagine why accepting – and applauding – behaviors that are so heinous? Would you really apologize and thank your executioner? WHY?

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    Zuhlamon Premium Member about 4 years ago

    I’m thinking a combination of (E) and (F) could be considered to be an intentional gullibility that a charismatic huckster manipulates. (C.) happens if you’re, say, receiving some of the loot they’ve pillaged in exchange for your lack of moral conscience and complicity (like Republican members of Congress).

    And bigotry, hatred, and violence in the name of religion is still bigotry, hatred, and violence.

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    Mr. Blawt  about 4 years ago

    This is how the Republicans view journalist, kids in schools, black people and those women who just don’t know their place. It is why they are fighting so hard to get more guns into the public.

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    NeoconMan  about 4 years ago

    Twain: “Libs” attacked no one. That was Antifa. It’s time you learned the difference.

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    Andylit Premium Member about 4 years ago

    @NeoconMan Gosh Neo,

    Please explain that difference to us. And explain to us why local government in liberal jurisdictions like Seattle and Berkley allow these liberal thugs to run amok.

    While you’re at it, explain BLM and OWS. Tell us why you think they are not “liberal.”

    Before we forget, explain to us why such a huge segment of “liberals” refuse to condemn these groups. And when they do, qualify the condemnation with (they were provoked"?

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