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One of the many mistakes made in the media has to do with what they call "journalism". I think they have begun to believe in their own superiority to such a degree that they think if it comes out of their mouths it must be news and true.
The issue here I have with a news media pushing NON FACT BASED INFORMATION to the point of an outcry while IGNORING FACT BASED INFORMATION that SHOULD be a part of an outcry. It's not like we and the media don't know they can lead a public outcry that gets policy based results. In fact, they've bragged about it;
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So, here are the allegations (called allegations because they dont have a shred of proof that could stand up in court) and then I'm going to compare it to another incident that used that SAME strategy. The Salem Witch Trials. The resemblance is uncanny (just look at the facts and not the Trump part of it as personal bias can skew perception).
New allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against Trump Rachel Maddow reports on three new allegations of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump made by women who were apparently prompted to go public after Trump's debate denials that his obscene language about women caught on tape was anything more than talk.
Media then carries out a careful screening of itself (using no physical evidence that could make this a case in court... i.e. we are now in the realm of the psychic powers of the media's judgement ability);
Trump accuser story proceeded with careful vetting Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for The Washington Post, talks with Rachel Maddow about how she found Kristin Anderson, who says Donald Trump groped her, and what she did to vet the story before publishing it.
This could very well be an accurate story. YET it is important to point out that "big shot reporters" will often skew stories to fit their biased opinion as Jon Stewart showed us with Judith Miller.
Note: I heard media say to Trump surrogates, 'Well, yall did that to Hillary so it should be fine now' i.e. that allegations are getting mass media coverage. That's actually a good point and I can't argue that. If Maddow has already made that point (before this post) then alot of THIS post will become irrelevant unless that wasn't her emphasis.
Based on her recent report, Maddow seems to be no more than a 'prosecutor of witches' from another time who happened to be in power at this particular time to carry out her agenda of paranoid disruption of the public consciousnesses.
Now lets look at the Salem Witch Trials...
A historical overview from History.com;
The infamous Salem witch trials began during the spring of 1692, after a group of young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts, claimed to be possessed by the devil and accused several local women of witchcraft ...
...Amid these simmering tensions, the Salem witch trials would be fueled by residents’ suspicions of and resentment toward their neighbors, as well as their fear of outsiders. ...
... The three accused witches were brought before the magistrates Jonathan Corwin and John Hathorne and questioned, even as their accusers appeared in the courtroom in a grand display of spasms, contortions, screaming and writhing. ...
... As hysteria spread through the community and beyond into the rest of Massachusetts, a number of others were accused, including Martha Corey and Rebecca Nurse–both regarded as upstanding members of church and community–and the four-year-old daughter of Sarah Good....
... Five more people were hanged that July; five in August and eight more in September. In addition, seven other accused witches died in jail, while the elderly Giles Corey (Martha’s husband) was pressed to death by stones after he refused to enter a plea at his arraignment. ...
... Though the respected minister Cotton Mather had warned of the dubious value of spectral evidence (or testimony about dreams and visions), his concerns went largely unheeded during the Salem witch trials. Increase Mather, president of Harvard College (and Cotton’s father) later joined his son in urging that the standards of evidence for witchcraft must be equal to those for any other crime, concluding that “It would better that ten suspected witches may escape than one innocent person be condemned.” Amid waning public support for the trials, Governor Phips dissolved the Court of Oyer and Terminer in October and mandated that its successor disregard spectral evidence. Trials continued with dwindling intensity until early 1693, and by that May Phips had pardoned and released all those in prison on witchcraft charges. In January 1697, the Massachusetts General Court declared a day of fasting for the tragedy of the Salem witch trials; the court later deemed the trials unlawful,
... Indeed, the vivid and painful legacy of the Salem witch trials endured well into the 20th century, when Arthur Miller dramatized the events of 1692 in his play “The Crucible” (1953), using them as an allegory for the anti-Communist “witch hunts” led by Senator Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s.
Where was the authority to use dreams and visions against upstanding members of the community coming from? Obviously, other "upstanding members of the community". All witch trails are founded on teh credibility of the sources information to fit without the logical framework of what general society thinks at that time. Thus the need for physical evidence. A simple look at the 1950s and, other events media doesn't talk about, shows us that this "witch hunt' mentality still exists in our culture. And it can be bought to work for you through the media which lacks any code of ethics of laws of truth or disclosure whatsoever.
Note: I am not disputing that Trump may have been sexually inappropriate with some women. Some of the present charges may be true as well. But ALL of them? I doubt it. Laws of probability dictate otherwise. (i.e. a certain percentage of humans, irrespective of gender, will do just about anything for fame). Also, what Trump said on that bus sounds alot like bragging from many morally bankrupt males all over the world. It could have been nothing more than that. Trump lies so much it's hard to tell. NONE of these allegations came out till the media outcry about the Trump Tapes began and that fact by itself makes the allegations suspect. Although, we have lie detector tests (this doesn't have to be a witch trial).