Shutting Down Protestors, Shutting Down Trump –Both Bad Moves!

Efforts continue to make protest leaders responsible for the actions of others.  And efforts continue to censor in the media what the President of the United States actually says.  That would make the public reliant on reporters to tell it what they say the president said. Both very bad moves, and contratry to the purpose of the First Amendment and the mission of the media, according the On-Target’s  Larry Sparano.  He expresses his opinion–freely–in a lively exchange with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York.  But we begin with a report from the Vice News Network:

 

Media Curbs on Trump: A Very Bad Idea

A college professor says the media should put a muzzle on the president, by not reporting the tweets, rallies, and insults that he puts out to gain political advantage.  Brian L. Ott, a professor of Communications Studies at Texas Tech University says news outlets should stop enabling Donald Trump, by carrying his hateful messages to the American public.  But On-Target’s Larry Sparano says such censorship of the President’s worrds and actions would lead to a much worse situation.  He explains why, in this exchange with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York:

 

Trump and Hannity

Trump’s “State News” –Just Fox, or All the Networks?

Trump and Hannity, pictured above: That pretty much says it all about the incestuous relationship between Trump and Fox News. In a recent article in the New Yorker magazine Jane Mayer details that relationship, which she says is the closest we’ve come to official “State News.” Here’s a discussion on that article between On-Target’s Larry Sparano and Kent Garrett of Wiox Radio New York:

Smollett: Fueling Fires of Racial Hatred

It looks like Jussie Smollett’s report of a racial attack will turn out to be the latest example of hoaxes which are increasing the racial divide in this country.  Such hoaxes come from white and blacks, and from liberal and conservative perpetrators.  Here’s Larry Sparano of On-Target in discussion with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York:

Online News: Not Sustainable?

Just a few years ago, there were high hopes that going digital would prevent further shut-downs of newspapers that were losing massive amounts of revenue to online offerings.  There was also the promise that the new wave of online alternative news sites would be bolstered by digital advertising.  Such hopes are rapidly fading.  On-Target’s Larry Sparano and Kent Garrett of  WIOX Radio New York discuss why. Their comments follow a report by the Al Jazeera news network, outlining the reasons for what’s happening, and its far-reaching effects:

State of the Union: A Win or Loss for Trump?

Democrats are quickly pointing out what they say are all the distortions, exaggerations and lies in Trump’s State-of-the-Union address.  But will it make any difference heading into the 2020 election season?  Will Trump continue to hold his base, and perhaps even win new support?   And can Democrats rally enough votes to oust him by attacking his credibility?   Hear what On-Target’s Larry Sparano thinks, in his latest discussion with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York:

BuzzFeed Denial Echoes Dan Rather Downfall

If Mueller is right about the inaccuracy of the BuzzFeed story on Trump’s instruction to his lawyer to lie, what went wrong?   Did the media outlet fall into the same trap that lost Dan Rather his job at CBS?  Larry Sparano talks about that with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York.  Garrett worked with Rather at CBS:

Mueller’s Denial Boosts Trump’s “Fake News” Claims

Although BuzzFeed stands by its story claiming Trump instructed lawyer Michael Cohen to lie, Mueller says it’s not accurate. Is this a big win for Trump, at least in the short term? That’s what Larry Sparano thinks, in this exchange with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York: