Saturday, June 4, 2016

What will a suspension do for a Vox editor who urged anti-Trump riots?

Washington Post ^ | June 3, 2016 | Erik Wemple 

“On Thursday night, Emmett Rensin, the deputy editor of Vox’s first person section, sent a series of tweets that, among other things, urged people to riot if Donald Trump comes to their town,” wrote Ezra Klein, Vox’s editor in chief, in a statement posted this afternoon. “We at Vox do not take institutional positions on most questions, and we encourage our writers to debate and disagree. But direct encouragement of riots crosses a line between expressing a contrary opinion and directly encouraging dangerous, illegal activity. We welcome a variety of viewpoints, but we do not condone writing that could put others in danger.”
The tweets, continued Klein, violated the site’s standards, and a suspension of unspecified duration is now in place.
The disciplinary move may well satisfy critics who hammered Rensin for his thoughts on civil unrest. And that’s about it.
A little context to this episode is in order. Yesterday at a Trump rally in San Jose, protesters and supporters of the presumptive Republican nominee clashed.
In light of all that, we have at hand another pointless journalism suspension, a knee-jerk response to public condemnation that this blog has blasted time and again. We emailed Klein with this question: “Is the suspension designed to provoke a rethinking of [Rensin’s] worldview, or to let him know that there’ll be penalties for expressing it?”
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Anti-Capitalism, Bernie Sanders, and the Democratic Party

American Thinker ^ | June 3, 2016 | Jeffrey Ludwig 

While interviewing Bernie Sanders on "Meet The Press" on October 11, 2015 Chuck Todd asked the following question: “Are you a capitalist?” Bernie answered “No. I’m a democratic socialist.” To properly understand his answer, it is helpful to go back 104 years to the candidacy of Eugene V. Debs who, in 1912, ran for president on the Socialist Party ticket. In that election, there were four candidates for President: William Howard Taft (Republican), Theodore Roosevelt (Progressive), Woodrow Wilson (Democrat), and Eugene V. Debs (Socialist).
On some of the platform planks, there was an overlap between the Socialists and the Progressives. Because of that overlap, in recent years, the left-wing communist and socialist hard core of the Democratic Party began calling themselves “Progressives,” as part of the grand scheme of cultural Marxist dissembling whereby they lay claim to the all-American idealism of Theodore Roosevelt. The idea is to appear fair-minded and to pretend that one does not identify with the International Workers of the World or the extreme goals of Eugene Debs and other traitors.
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