My friend in New York loathes Trump. At
least once a week I get something, links to a
Mark Bryan cartoon, links to revocation of the
security clearance of ex-CIA chief. (Why not
revoke - he had lost the job? In the
Private sector it would be automatic.)
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated
"Mr. Brennan's lying and recent
conduct, characterized by increasingly
frenzied commentary, is wholly inconsistent
with access to the nation's most closely held
secrets and facilities."
In the UK Boris has quit over Brexit. There are
problems in Spain and Germany.
Never do I recall seeing such polarized politics
around the world.
In Australia the Liberal Party (our version of
the Republicans) has just changed Prime
Minister. Lots of bad feeling all round.
What is the common element? It seems to be
that the media no longer directs the
masses. So Newspapers, TV and radio are
mostly proposing we do "X" and a significant
number of "we the people" seem to want to do
"Y". Trump is an example. The USA
media is mostly anti-Trump. Even a number of
Republicans are anti Trump. Yet he has
been getting his message out via Twitter and
Facebook. That is how he won the "unwinnable"
Presidential election 2016.
I go online to our national Murdoch newspaper "The
Australian" which has journalists of all
political colors. Murdoch has introduced
for the Australian a system of online
comments. Below each journalist's story is
a space where readers can comment and have other
readers read and respond to their comment.
A bit like a subscriber version of Facebook.
As a subscriber I can read and make comments
online. Regardless of the politics of the
journalist, the hundreds, sometimes thousands of
comments made are at the radical end of the
spectrum. Heavily against our LCP and
Labour government. Anti Antifa.
This is consistent with the resurgence of the
right wing independent parties, like Pauline
Hanson's "One Nation" or "Hunters and Shooters".
The "Deep State" is responding. Twitter
and Facebook and other online discussion groups
have begun censoring links to websites of a
certain political persuasion such as "infowars"
and have even begun censoring individual
comments on Facebook and twitter. I have
known for some time that this blog "OzDiary" is
censored by the free wifi provided by department
store Woollworths in Double Bay, Sydney