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Trump’s Retribution Against the Washington Post Owner Is His Gravest Abuse of Power

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    “On their face, the publicly reported facts of this case lay out a gigantic scandal. The president intervened to deny a federal contract to a firm he publicly and privately vowed to punish because its owner also owns a newspaper whose coverage angered him. The most generous possible interpretation of these facts is that Trump somehow came to believe some merit-based reason to deny Amazon the contract. But this scenario would presuppose that Trump is able to ignore his intense personal animus toward a principal figure in the dispute and form a judgment abstracted from his political interests — the kind of thinking even Trump’s defenders would largely concede he is almost incapable of.

    And even this virtually-unimaginable scenario would still amount to a massive abuse of power. After all, Trump has vowed retribution against Bezos over the Post’s coverage, and then delivered a punishing blow to his firm. His actions made the threat credible. Everybody will at least suspect Trump engineered the Pentagon decision to hurt Bezos. Any owner of an independent media who publishes journalism that runs against Trump’s interests will have to fear weigh his ability to exact a financial price. Media owners are not universally brave and willing to absorb massive financial hits in order to preserve the independence of their journalism.

    Amazon’s suit may or may not expose the process that led the Pentagon to its decision. Trump is reasonably good at hiding evidence, banishing note-takers from his presence, using code words and funneling his shadiest orders through intermediaries.

    Whatever the outcome, though, Trump has already taken his largest step toward the kind of democratic backsliding engineered by Orban in Hungary and Erdogan in Turkey (two strongmen he admires). He has turned the power of the state into a weapon of intimidation against the free press. Clever conservatives have defended Trump’s abuses for years by insisting he is too incompetent to be an effective authoritarian. They have used a version of that defense in the Ukraine scandal — he attempted to use American diplomatic might for his political gain, but failed. Here, though, Trump set out to abuse his powers of office to intimidate the media, and succeeded. What are we going to do about it?”




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  • #2
    Another argument for independent media ownership more than anything. The bigger the corporate players, the more rife with conflicts of interest we'll be.

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    • #3
      Yeah,let’s deflect and blame the media for trumps abuse of power .

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      • #4
        Originally posted by peacepipe View Post
        Yeah,let’s deflect and blame the media for trumps abuse of power .
        I don't like it, if it's actually the case, which I kinda doubt. Amazon is heavily overrated in this space. Microsoft's the one actually winning on innovation at this point. If the Pentagon had chosen Amazon and Trump bumble****ed his way through it at the end, you'd be hearing about it.

        But you and yours are besmirching media and shooting messengers based on corporate ownership motives on an almost daily basis. I mean some clown here was dissing Jonah Goldberg on some long gone affiliation with a think tank that got some Koch funding back in the day.

        Plus every time California or some other progtard state threatens some business based on political speech, you guys get harder than Chinese calculus.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by peacepipe View Post
          Yeah,let’s deflect and blame the media for trumps abuse of power .
          Amazing his talent for totally missing the point.

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