It is not just Donald Trump whose rhetoric is chronically bereft of reality. Politicians, reporters, commentators and academics are often similarly untethered to hard facts, albeit not for narcissistic enjoyment. There are many patterns of fact, relevant to a subject being discussed, that are off the table—either consciously or because they are deemed inconvenient. Rarely are there omissions due to the facts being hard to get or inaccessible.
Updated: March 17, 2017, added two video reports
Donald J. Trump was a builder of casinos and high-priced hotels and golf courses. Now he is a builder of a tower of contradictions for the American people that is making “America Great” at their expense.
“The Canadian plan also helps Canadians live longer and healthier than Americans…. We need, as a nation, to reexamine the single-payer plan, as many individual states are doing.”
— Donald Trump, The America We Deserve (2000)
RT America on Feb 18, 2017
On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses how the dysfunctional U.S. health care system can be fixed with Dr. Margaret Flowers, a pediatrician and leading advocate for a single-payer system. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the soaring cost of health care.
by Ed Childs
Workers World, Feb. 3, 2017
February 6, 2017
Part 1: Advance preparation
The 750 striking Harvard University Dining Service workers — cooks, dishwashers, servers and cashiers — brought multibillion-dollar Harvard University to its knees on Oct. 25, 2016. After a three-week strike, the university bosses caved, giving the members of UNITE HERE Local 26 even more than they had initially demanded. Most importantly, all the health care takeaways the Harvard Corporation had demanded were off the table. The strike victory holds valuable lessons for the workers and oppressed in the age of global capitalism — particularly now, under the Trump administration and the rise of fascist, racist elements. Workers World’s Martha Grevatt interviewed Chief Steward Ed Childs, a cook and leader in Local 26 for more than 40 years. This is the first in a series of articles based on the interviews where Childs explains how the workers won.
with Chris Hedges
RT America on Jan 23, 2017
On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges looks back on President Barack Obama’s legacy with Glen Ford, Executive Editor of the Black Agenda Report. They examine Obama’s role in boosting the war industry, serving corporate interests and depleting the privacy rights of Americans. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at some of the darker decisions made over the past eight years.
This video may contain language depicting the reality and horror of violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.
with Chris Hedges
RT America on Oct 9, 2016
On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses the incarceration of America’s mentally ill with George Mallinckrodt, psychotherapist and author of Getting Away with Murder. They address the cases of mistreatment, isolation, and lack of transparency that Mallinckrodt witnessed while working in a Florida state prison psychiatric ward, and then RT Correspondent Anya Parampil examines the plight of the mentally ill in the United States.
I had just finished a song called ”2Hands” about struggling children. Out of the blue I am contacted by someone who asked me to perform for children with cancer. What I saw that day broke my heart. The Burney Girls sang with me. We were able to cheer up many of the kids but not all. I wrote 7 songs after that and now me and the girls have a new CD out called ”Childmaze.” All donations for this CD goes locally to families with children suffering from the big C. We will make sure we personally give them what they need. No middle man. If you are interested, Lo has the contact here.
with Chris Hedges
teleSUR English on Apr 11, 2016
In this episode of Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges interviews Dr. Margaret Flowers, activist and Green Party candidate for the Senate in the state of Maryland. They confront corporate power’s influence in the U.S. two-party electoral system, and detail the forms of resistance that can transcend it.
by Sean Petty
March 31, 2016
Sean Petty, a pediatric ER nurse and member of the board of directors of the New York State Nurses Association, comments on a political endorsement in his union.
I AM a nurse and a socialist. In March, the board of directors of my union, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), voted to endorse Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. We joined the country’s largest nurses’ union, National Nurses United, in supporting Sanders, who regularly calls himself a democratic socialist.