Mainstream Media’s Failure to Keep the Trust of American Public

A Journal of People Report

With all its efforts to gain the American public’s trust, the U.S mainstream media has failed miserably. Recent polls reflect the growing mistrust on mainstream media that has been taking root in the mass psyche for a while.

Last year a Gallup poll found that: “Americans’ trust and confidence in the mass media ‘to report the news fully, accurately and fairly’ has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32% saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media. This is down eight percentage points from last year.”

Americans' Trust in the Mass Media

As it can be seen from the graph, for the last 20 years, Americans’ trust in mass media has been falling steadily.Read More »

Back To Anger And Acrimony In American Politics After Brief Respite

by Jay Mala

Frontier | Jun 22, 2017

For a brief while, it seemed like American democracy at its best. The annual Congressional baseball game was held last Thursday night and the Democrats defeated the Republicans 11-2.

In true American spirit, and in a show of political unity, camaraderie and compassion, the winning team handed over the trophy to the losers.

The trophy will now be kept in the office room of Steve Scalise, the Republican chief whip who suffered serious gunshot wounds the previous day and is still lying in a critical condition in hospital.

It was a traditional baseball game that could have been cancelled after the murderous attack by a fanatical Democratic supporter on Republican Congressmen and their aides while they were practicing in a Washington suburb early on Wednesday morning.  Apart from Steve Scalise, the third-most-senior member of the US House of Representatives, four others were injured in the shooting. Read More »

Daring to Dream in the Age of Trump

Resistance is necessary, but it’s not enough to win the world we need.

 

The Nation | June 13, 2017

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Healthcare advocates protest outside Trump Tower. (Sipa USA via AP)

The hour calls for optimism; we’ll save pessimism for better times.
—Jean-Claude Servais

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The US Plans to Militarize Space: Sci-Fi, Libertarian Fantasy, or Geopolitics As Usual?

by Elliott Gabriel

teleSUR | May 25, 2017

The X-37B unmanned spaceplane touches down at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. | Photo: USAF

The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA announced Wednesday that it would ally with mega-defense contractor Boeing to build an experimental hypersonic spaceplane capable of delivering small satellites into space and returning to the runway within the same day. The project, known as the Phantom Express XS-1, is a continuation of the United States military’s long-term ambition to conquer and militarize outer space.

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CHOICE Act Would Make Future Financial Crises More Likely

Statement by Josh Bivens, Director of Research

Economic Policy Institute | June 08, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today’s passage of the Financial CHOICE Act is a terrible decision by the House of Representatives. If it were to be passed by the Senate and become law, this bill would make future financial crises more likely and more damaging. It would strip away protections against American households being swindled again by the worst actors in the financial sector. It would roll back the sorely needed “fiduciary rule” that requires financial advisers act in the best interest of their clients rather than lining their pockets with the hard-earned savings of the people who turned to those very financial professionals for help with their retirement investments. Finally, it would lead to a less transparent and less democratically accountable Federal Reserve, and would mandate the Fed follow policy rules that would predictably lead to higher unemployment and less ability to fight deep recessions. It’s hard to imagine a bill that could do more broad-based damage to the future economic security of America’s working families.

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The Washington Post’s Reporting on Disability Is Giving Trump Cover for Disability Cuts

by  Rebecca Vallas

talk poverty | June 02, 2017

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

The Washington Post is out with the second in a series of articles pushing the nastiest of myths about Social Security disability benefits and the people who rely on them.

Their latest article, titled “Generations, disabled,” doubles down on seriously flawed reporting that The Post began in March. This time the author, Terrence McCoy, profiles a family in Missouri struggling with poverty and health-related challenges. McCoy takes aim at many aspects of their lives, but the one he reserves the most scorn for—the fact that more than one person in the family receives disability benefits—mirrors the same disability cuts Trump called for in last week’s budget proposal.Read More »

Puerto Rico, a U.S. disaster in the Caribbean

Granma | June 08, 2017

On Sunday June 11, Puerto Ricans will vote on whether or not to remain an Associated Free State of the United States. Photo: AFP

SAN JUAN.— In San Juan, chants of “the debt is illegal” and “colonial dictatorship” fill the morning air, as students from the University of Puerto Rico block a palm-lined avenue.

Across the street, a board of overseers imposed by Washington is meeting with student representatives to hear their demands as they mull ever deeper cuts to pull this “Greece of the Caribbean” out of bankruptcy.

To some, it’s a necessary corrective to get a stumbling Puerto Rico back on its feet.Read More »

US: House passes bill that forces workers to work without pay

by MARK GRUENBERG

People’s World | May 11, 2017

House passes bill that forces workers to work without pay

HR 1180 legalizes a practice that employers like Walmart have been sanctioned for in the past. AP

WASHINGTON – By a 229-197 party-line vote, the House has approved a bill, HR 1180, that will give employers the power to decide whether or not they will pay for overtime work.

The Working Families Flexibility Act “is not good for working families at all. It changes our nearly 80-year system of overtime that discourages employers from overworking us,” Leo Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers said in his blog.

Under the bill’s provisions, employers could force workers to accept compensation time rather than pay them for work done in excess of 40 hours.Read More »

Road to Trump’s Climate Change Hell Paved by Obama and Clinton

Gerald Horne, Robert Pollin and Paul Jay discuss the debate within the Trump White House on whether to leave the Paris climate accords or just undermine them; and how this relates to the fight within the Democratic Party

The Real News Network | May 08, 2017

Road to Trump's Climate Change Hell Paved by Obama and Clinton

PAUL JAY: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Paul Jay in Baltimore.

According to the New York Times, there’s a big debate going on within the Trump White House. A debate is on one side, led by Steve Bannon and his allies, pull out of the Paris Climate Accords altogether. And on the other side of this debate is, “Let’s not pull out, but let’s make sure we actually don’t do very much.” In other words, “Can we stay within the Paris Accords?” this side argues, and that includes Secretary of State Tillerson, we are told.

This side says, “Well, we can stay in it, but we actually don’t have to do very much. In fact we can lower our pledge, and we will still be within the legality of the agreement.” Which is all kind of odd anyway, because the agreement’s non-binding. But one side argues, let’s keep the positioning looking not as bad, and the other side says let’s be honest and just get the heck out of it.Read More »

What’s driving abnormal profit margins? Monopoly

Corporate Profits

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MR Online | May 02, 2017

GMO‘s Jeremy Grantham is worried about the perseverance of abnormally high corporate profit margins in the US. The phenomenon is amongst other things upsetting the standard notion that profits are mean reverting to historic averages. But as the following chart from GMO’s latest quarterly letter shows this just isn’t happening:

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