Sanity's Overrated 
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Re: “Know Your Enemies

While the scapegoating and demonization of journalists is every bit as horrible as other behaviors of the Trump administration, I'm not at all certain that today's typical journalist is working in support of something greater than themselves.

When you work for an advertising supported outfit, it strikes me that it is very reasonable for your readers to wonder exactly on whose behalf you are speaking. The advertisers? The publisher? The local chamber of commerce in general? The local and national powers that can grant or not grant you "access?" I don't doubt that many journalists perceive themselves to be unburdened by the interests of their publisher, and some may well be. You may well be. Or, you may sincerely believe you are, because it is extraordinarily easy for human beings to fail to notice what they'd rather not notice.

I lost most of my faith in the media when The New York Times folded for Reagan, lo, many years ago. And I've seen little in the years since to cause me to think of the media as a more-honorable-than-most work site.

In my experience, what's happened in this country has been a forty year downward slope predictably leading to Donald Trump, and the media has been an active participant, primarily because the vast majority of the smart journalists participating in it have chosen not to test the boundaries within which they have "free reign." I simply cannot believe they are actually speaking their mind, or even offering anything objective. What they offer is inevitably colored by the source of their paycheck. And, when a journalist *is* outspoken beyond the limits of free reign, rising above and speaking in opposition to the source of their paycheck, I wonder how long they keep that paycheck.

Would that it were otherwise, but this is the capitalist/consumer/advertiser system that has been perfected.

Mitch Trachtenberg

Posted by Sanity's Overrated on 07/14/2018 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Past the Dog Whistles, What’s Really at Stake in the McKinley Statue Debate

What a pleasure to read Peter Fretwell's thoughts on diversity. If you liked his piece, you might also like this piece at the Huffington Post, which I think is one of the best I've read in months:…

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Posted by Sanity's Overrated on 03/18/2018 at 9:31 AM

Re: “AT&T, PG&E Outages Hit Countywide

Just pass a regulation or law or implement a policy requiring that any internet provider paid by the county government must guarantee the availability and use of a redundant line in the event of a failure of the primary line. Big fines for failure to comply with the guarantee.

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Posted by Sanity's Overrated on 12/11/2015 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Free and Afraid

There's a straightforward solution to all this: just house the pedophile with the judge's daughter or grand-daughter until the judge finds some other resolution.

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Posted by Sanity's Overrated on 08/20/2015 at 7:26 AM

Re: “Racism Behind the Redwood Curtain, Part I: The Lonely World of Humboldt’s White Supremacists


Thanks for this. Do you know what happened in response to the situation where a postal worker was (allegedly) attacked by racists in Eureka? I've seen nothing about this except for Kym Kemp's May 8th blog post at her excellent blog.

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Posted by Sanity's Overrated on 07/10/2015 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Numbers game

"So where do Humboldt County households make their money? Disproportionately, it turns out, from a government job."

This is all interesting, but did the report take our underground economy into account? If not, what value is there in any of their numbers?

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Posted by Sanity's Overrated on 12/18/2014 at 7:36 AM

Re: “VIACOMedy of Errors

That's Ed R. Murrow. Just sayin'.

Posted by Sanity's Overrated on 11/01/2014 at 8:07 AM

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