In-Consensus

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A few things I need to get out of the way.  CNN isn’t fake news.  But for that matter, Fox News isn’t either.  Don’t get me wrong.  Fox News is heavily slanted, and some of it’s “journalists”  (Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Jeanine Pirro, Laura Ingraham, etc.) manipulate facts and data to support unrealistic conclusions, but it’s not “fake” news.  Both networks have actual journalists, and (usually) report on the important stories of the day.  But both networks have their slant.  Fox News’ is arguably steeper, going extremely conservative, while CNN can boast a bit more balance, and is better about retracting false or misleading stories.  But they both DO report the actual news (mostly).  So how are they capable of covering the exact same story and drawing the exact opposite conclusion? It’s ludicrous and can be totally infuriating.  I like to think that I’m a moderate that leans left.  It’s an admittedly pretty dramatic lean, but I don’t think my political views don’t stray too far away from the center.  And as such I want to find as many perspectives on the news as I can find.  But when I hear CNN and Fox News explain to me the exact same story with drastically different outcomes, I realize why it’s so easy for Trump to lie about the media and get away with it.

Brave Boy

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The last week has felt like we’re finally starting to see what momentum in this long, contentious Russian Investigation really looks like.  Within 2 days, 4 Trump cronies (Roger Stone, Jerome Corsi, Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen) have been called out by Mueller for lying to investigators and/or Congress.  Of those 4 cronies, 3 of them have joint defense agreements with Trump, meaning their lawyers are being given slight latitude in communicating with each other.  Now, in the days following Trump’s submission of written answers to Mueller’s questions regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election (though apparently questions regarding obstruction of justice were not allowed), Mueller seems have his ducks in a row, and is finally starting to make moves.  And now we see if Mueller is really playing chess against a bunch of checkers players.