I lived and worked in Angola during the 1980’s. The media (newspapers, television and radio) were controlled by the government, Television’s lead story was how successful the government leaders were in areas of health, housing, job creation, and many other social areas. Medical care for most Angolans was horrible. Nobody really believed it. I’ll call it African news, but it is probably a terrible label, as state controlled media exists in every continent.
Then there is the tabloid news. Fox News is probably the worse as they allow guests on who generally see large looming conspiracies. The “Deep State” is total nonsense. It is based on the idea of some “Obama loyalists” inside the Justice Department, FBI, and the intelligence community, all plotting (currently and in the past) against Donald Trump. What is true, is the people Donald Trump fired, and really wants prosecuted for anything have not, because they didn’t do anything illegal. This includes James Comey and Andrew McCabe, who served as the Director of the FBI and Acting Director. Similarly with FBI agent Peter Strzok, whose name comes up constantly as part of the deep conspiracy, Not only have McCabe and Strzok not charged with anything criminal, they are suing the government because they were forced out for political reasons.
If Fox News wants a guest to slam opponents hard and go on about deep state conspiracy stuff, they call up Attorney Joe diGenova who recently said on the Laura Ingraham’s (Fox News) podcast:
JOE DIGENOVA (GUEST): We are in a civil war in this country. There’s two standards of justice, one for Democrats one for Republicans. The press is all Democrat, all liberal, all progressive, all left – they hate Republicans, they hate Trump. So the suggestion that there’s ever going to be civil discourse in this country for the foreseeable future in this country is over. It’s not going to be. It’s going to be total war. And as I say to my friends, I do two things – I vote and I buy guns.
This is the lawyer that Trump wanted as his personal lawyer, but due to a conflict of interest, never was hired. Fox News should have banned diGenova, but it looks like they are using him more and more. I guess it helps their ratings. It is a short step from “buy guns” to “use guns” because everything (government/the media) is now controlled by evil democrats.
Good news is comprehensive reporting from journalists around the world. It comes from investigation. Today’s New York Times just arrived, and of course the headline story was the whistle-blower/Ukraine scandal. And I’m sure they will be doing their best to get to the facts straight, not just repeat what Trump has said. This is not African news, nor Tabloid news, it is solid and credible reporting and it’s what I want to pay for and what I spend my time reading.