Earlier last week President Trump said he needed a decision from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper as to whether the Republican National Convention could proceed as scheduled. Trump told reporters in the White House that, “We need a fast decision from the governor. He’s been acting very, very slowly and very suspiciously, but we’ll find out. We’re talking about a very short period of time. . . . I would say within a week that certainly we have to know. if he can’t do it, if he feels he’s not going to do it, all he has to do is tell us. And then we’ll have to pick another location. And I tell you a lot of locations want it.”
Last month President Trump announced that he would be freezing funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) due to their misinformation and pro-China bias concerning the recent coronavirus pandemic. When the virus initially appeared in Wuhan WHO praised China’s handling of the situation and commended China’s “transparency” even as it was becoming evident that China had silenced whistleblowers and journalists.
During the last Democratic debate we got two very different takes on what the American healthcare system should look like. The two leading progressive candidates, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, strongly advocated for a universal healthcare system, while Joe Biden, the leading moderate candidate, proposed an expansion and improvement of Obamacare.
Senator Bernie Sanders, the self-described Democratic Socialist, has been constantly and consistently attacking the American medical industry. The Presidential hopeful has long championed Medicare for all and has criticized the healthcare industry as being “insane and cruel.” Many economists fear that the staggering cost of Sanders’ single payer healthcare plan could cripple the economy.
For a while it seemed like Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders were going to be the two Democrats to duke it out for the party’s presidential nomination, but that may no longer be the case. Senator Kamala Harris has become a major contender for the nomination almost overnight. She was able to go toe to toe with the older and more experienced politicians during the last debate, and most pundits concluded that she won the debate.
The media, specifically the news media, is the cornerstone of a strong democracy. Not only does the media keep voters informed, but it also keeps elected officials and bureaucrats accountable. However the media must be held to an incredibly high standard, because if the media succumbs to sensationalism or bias, it becomes a danger to democracy.
It is sad to say that the American media seems to be headed down that path. The Cable News Network (CNN), once a symbol of journalistic integrity, seems to have now become, in the eyes of many, a symbol of partisan reporting. A recent Harvard study found that CNN’s coverage of the Trump administration was 93 percent negative.