Why does “the news” have to be 99 percent bad news? It is certainly very true that our world is facing great challenges, and those challenges are only going to become more intense during the years ahead, but why can’t we celebrate the good things that are happening as well? For decades, one of the mantras in news organizations all over the country has been “if it bleeds, it leads”, but life is not all about death and destruction. Yes, if we only focus on the positive our life will be out of balance, but the same thing is true if we only focus on the negative. For those of us that are “news junkies”, it is way too easy to slip into the mindset that everything is bad in the world. Without a doubt, things are dark and getting darker, but there are also a whole lot of people out there that are doing their best to be lights in their communities.
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Donald Trump has already lost one of his electoral votes, and there are indications that a number of additional electors may be prepared to abandon him. Prior to the election, I warned my readers that we would not officially know who the next president would be until December 19th. On that Monday, the 538 members of the Electoral College will gather in their state capitals in all 50 states to formally elect the next president. Throughout U.S. history electors have voted according to the will of the people more than 99 percent of the time, but in 2016 there is a concerted effort to persuade Republican electors not to vote for Trump. If 37 Republican electors can be convinced to vote for someone other than Trump, that would keep Trump under the 270 vote threshold needed to win and it would throw the election into the House of Representatives. Most people had considered this to be a longshot, but on Monday a Republican elector named Christopher Suprun publicly announced in the New York Times that he will not cast his vote for Donald Trump. On the other side, there are at least 8 Democratic electors that have already publicly pledged to switch their votes from Hillary Clinton to a compromise Republican alternative to Trump.
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A news columnist for Yahoo is calling for government intervention to teach public school children how to differentiate fake news from reliable sources.
According to Yahoo’s Matt Bai, it’s time for the nation’s schools to get in the business of teaching children how and where to read the news. Donald Trump’s election, he contends, represents the a new era of “truth-free media to go with our new, truth-free politics.”
To believe this, of course, one is forced to accept that both media and politics were relatively honest prior to Trump’s election.
But what Bai and other mainstream journalists are rallying against isn’t dishonesty— it’s an increasingly varied media landscape that requires extra care to understand.
Think about it this way: 30 years ago, watching the news was like driving a car. Children weren’t born knowing how to do it, exactly, but it was intuitive enough that really any idiot could figure it out.
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Democrats are dedicated to protecting America’s working families and the party’s constant social justice pandering isn’t alienating voters.
That’s according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who just beat back a leadership challenge to secure an eighth term as one of the party’s most influential leaders.
During a weekend interview, the minority leader rejected notions that the recent presidential election was a referendum on Democrats’ failure to improve economic conditions for millions of middle class workers in the nation’s Rust Belt.
Asked about her party’s failure to connect with voters in places like Ohio, Pelosi parroted the “poor communication” line the Obama White House has used several times since Hillary Clinton’s surprising defeat.
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