I just read the May 31, 2016 article under the above header and it reminded me of James Stewart’s comments about media corruption in the 1948 movie “Call North side 777” and his assistant’s sarcastic comment about freedom of the press as the boss-man senator opposing Stewart (playing freshman senator Smith) was able to get journalists to publish character destroying news stories as Stewart/senator Smith was filibustering the senate to save himself from being removed from the senate through the corrupt power of his boss-man political opponent in that 1939 old chestnut of movie, Mr. Smith goes to Washington.
May 30, 2013
On Friday May 17, 2013 I saw the 1948 movie “Call North side 777” on PBS.The Online critique of this movie set in the newspaper milieu of 1930’s Chicago showing how politics and news media support each other in a way that permits an innocent man to be jailed for cop killing for 11 years is technically thorough but omits the politics-media theme. Re opening the case to free the innocent man would subject the police and the prosecutors that convicted him to unnecessary embarrassment. The newspaper publisher is pressured by the prosecutor and other public figures to stop his reporter, James Stewart, from seeking sufficient evidence to exonerate the guiltless man. The political people finally agree to let the reporter locate evidence that might allow the convict to be granted a pardon, but in a very brief time to avoid extended media publicity. Lucky for Stewart and the innocent man the proof is a single date on a blow up of an 11-year-old newspaper photo.
This notion of cooperation between political authorities and the press is obviously not new. And Canada’s Senator Duffy affair that I first heard about on TV on the 19’th of May confirms the rather close tie between the media and politics likely continues more than 80 years after the events dramatized in “Call North side 777”.
Instead of debating who is a fascist and where that construct of fancy might be revisiting its ghostly presence like one of Mr. Browning’s audience of spectres from an other world and time, academics should be planning how the West might correct the legal and economic imbalances that have inspired this debate.
Fearing what’s obvious
We seek complexity
We circumlocute painlessly.
So more is forgotten
Little is learned
And the task grows more daunting.
I just noticed that the post about Mr. George and Pen West that I wrote in August 2014 was viewed a couple of times this May 2016. For me its importance was that it was about the man who eliminated Canada’s crown corporation Petro Canada by purchasing it for Suncor. Part of the deal was for Suncor to maintain the Petro Canada retail outlets which it has, though its prices are the same as other big-name retailers. Perhaps the reason the post was viewed just a day or two ago was a recent report of Mr. George’s saying that Pen West may no longer be a going concern.
When relativity gets you.
The ant’s strong
And how does fitness fare?
Well, strong’s fit
And the fittest survives
And the poor;
They’re strong too
Like the elephant.
Like the ant
But are they fit
May 12, 2016
Not too long ago amidst the clamour over Republicans’ lack of unity; unity, like the cry for unity that Mr. Obama made with his confident pronouncements of that change that can be believed in way back in 2008, Mr. Trump exasperated by conservatives questioning his own conservatism sputtered via video clip something like this isn’t the conservative party; it’s the Republican party. Much is being made of this division within Abraham Lincoln’s old party of the Yankee North East, in Lincoln’s day a party at the forefront of change fighting the states’ rights Democrats resisting that change that disallowed slave labour. But though much is being said about conservative control of that Grand Old Party and the divisiveness that the notion of conservatism is causing, which today seems to mean defending party stalwarts; nothing much is said about the division within the Democrat party as one of its 2 candidates trying to be the presidential candidate of that party may not even be a Democrat. This divisiveness is the product of attacks on the old order in both the Democrat and Republican party. Mr. Trump was reported to have said that Mr. Sanders’ Democrat supporters had much in common with his own Republican supporters most importantly they oppose America’s trade policies which both groups feel have diminished the livelihoods of both male and female workers.
Today May 9, 2016, Mr. Trump was reported to have explained that getting creditors to take less meant paying off loans to creditors in today’s interest rates if rates go higher than they are now. ( I wonder if that would prevent the global crisis?)
I published the quotation that follows during the height of the U.S. government shut down when everything I read scolded Republicans for not allowing an increase in the debt limit. Today 2.5 years have past and Republicans, now in the guise of Mr. Trump who wants t U.S. creditors to take less interest for loans than they’d originally contracted for(now 2 trillion more dollars than the 2013 $16.7 trillion, are accused of provoking a global financial crisis like the fire they were playing with back in 2013.
…Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned that the budget brinkmanship was “playing with fire” and implored Congress to pass legislation to re-open the government and increase the nation’s $16.7 trillion debt limit. Lew reiterated that Obama has no intention to link either bill to Republican demands for changes in the 3-year-old health care law and spending cuts.
A defiant Boehner insisted that Obama must negotiate if the president wants to end the shutdown and avert a default that could trigger a financial crisis and recession that would echo 2008 or worse. The 2008 financial crisis plunged the country into the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s…