We find ourselves in an increasingly disintegrating government due, in large measure, to the seeming absence of the Fourth Estate. That, in turn, is due to the media now being in the effectively complete control of corporate interests. If you have not noticed that ABC news, for example, cannot go a full broadcast without referencing a Disney product then you just are not paying attention. If you think the spin put on nearly ever story by Fox News comes days or even weeks after an events airing by other networks then you are not paying attention. It takes them awhile to think up creative lies that can be disseminated by the misrepresentations they promote. If you have not noticed that many events have no coverage at all then you are not paying attention. It can be cited that minimal attention was paid to the TPP, Keystone XL pipeline, DAPL protests or, unless it suited an anti-protest line due to this bias. You may never have heard the phrase, “Net Neutrality” for the same set of reasons.
The press is slowly being denied access to the stories by Trump’s minions even before he takes office. There is twitter storm every time Trump does not LIKE something. It is a counter offensive that knocks the press out of reporting actual news. We are dependent upon having a real and concerned press. Trump has said that he wants to collar the press. His minions (Steve Bannon comes to mind) are all for a dark out of the media. They have already moved to silence the press and protest. Freedom of speech encompasses both ideas in the First Amendment to the Constitution. The press is essential to a democracy. There is no easy way to turn back from the criminal direction the Trump election is pushing us. Let us be truly clear here. Trump himself is just part of the symptom. He is not even the head of the snake. He has only a monetary worth of 10% or less of the Koch brothers (if he has any worth at all). Ponder that for a moment. Trump said after Mitt Romney was defeated that Romney (purported net worth of around $200 million) just did not have the juice to win… in part because he did not have the net worth of Trump. Trump then started to dig in for a run at the Presidency. The real damage has been created by the octopus that is the Koch network of creative lying but even THAT is not the head of the snake. We have a corporate domination that wants all the rules to disappear.
Ponder some more and you will eventually come to see that real freedom is in as much danger as it has ever been.