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The Press and the President By Hal Lindsey

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On Wednesday, Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona made a much-hyped speech on the floor of the US Senate.  He told the media what he would say, long before he actually said it.  The speech’s rollout was orchestrated for maximum public impact.  But, as these things go, the press showed far more interest in the hype than in the speech itself.

Days before he took to the Senate floor, Flake told the news media that he would defend them against Donald Trump’s attacks.  He even announced, well before the speech, that he would compare Trump to Soviet dictator and mass murderer, Joseph Stalin.  Remember that Stalin was directly responsible for the murders of 40 million people — even more than Adolf Hitler.

Flake focused his outrage on the President’s statement calling the mainstream media, “the enemy of the people.”

“It is a testament to the condition of our democracy,” Flake said, “that our own president uses words infamously spoken by Josef Stalin to describe his enemies.  It bears noting that so fraught with malice was the phrase ‘enemy of the people,’ that even Nikita Khrushchev forbade its use, telling the Soviet Communist Party that the phrase had been introduced by Stalin for the purpose of ‘annihilating such individuals’ who disagreed with the supreme leader.”

Does Senator Flake really think President Trump plans on “annihilating” individuals with his criticism of the press?  Who would that be?  Certainly not the press.

In the quote above, Flake did something even more bizarre.  He held up Nikita Khrushchev as a model.  How did Khrushchev treat dissident members of the press?  He didn’t call them “enemies of the state.”  Instead, he sent them to concentration camps.  He executed them.  Does anyone other than Jeff Flake think Khrushchev should be held up as a model when it comes to how a President should treat the press?

Flake called the free press “the guardian of democracy.”  To some extent, I agree.  And because I agree, it is a sobering statement.  To see what I mean, just look at the sorry state of the free press.

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