Throwback Thursday: Trump, Inc (2017-2021)

To say that the last Presidential administration was controversial and unnecessarily complicated is an understatement.

The WNYC podcast, Trump, Inc. aired from 2017 to 2021. For four years, this investigative journalism podcast delved into the lies and half-truths coming from Washington D.C. Leaving no stone unturned, the revelations of the greed, complicity, and scandal were complete and jaw-dropping.

I loved it. There was nothing superficial or flashy about the information that was reported. It was deep, real, disturbing, and solidified my opinion of you know who.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

A $250 Tax Break for Supporting Local Newspapers is a Brilliant Idea

It’s no secret that journalism in America as we knew it to be is a shadow of its former self. With local newspapers either shutting down completely or drastically reducing their staff, the information that the public is receiving is either partisan or limited at best

Roy Frieman, a state Representative from New Jersey is looking to change that. He is proposing a $250 tax deduction for subscribers of regional newspapers, whether they be online or in print. This idea is brilliant. His rationale is as follows:

“It just boils down to journalism and democracy are tied together. You can’t have one without the other,”

What we see in the news is more than the daily headlines. It holds those in power in check, reminding them who they are beholden to. Without that check, our democracy and the balance of power is forever skewed in the wrong direction.

I applaud Mr. Frieman for this proposal. If we are lucky, this tax break will one day be open to every American, not just those who live in the Garden State.

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Throwback Thursday-Teacher’s Pet (1958)

In education, there are two ways of learning: there is the education of life and there is the education we receive in the classroom.

In the 1958 movie, Teacher’s Pet, James Gannon (Clark Gable) is a newspaper editor who believes that the only way to learn to become a good journalist is to get your hands dirty and get out on the streets. There is no value in taking any classes in journalism. Then he is ordered by his bosses to help Erica Stone (Doris Day), a journalism college professor to provide professional assistance.

Instead of following his bosses’ order, he pretends to be a student. The problem is that Erica openly dislikes him with a passion, but James is attracted to her and over time, Erica is attracted to him. They also begin to understand each other’s perspective on journalism. The question is, when will James reveal his secret and how will Erica respond?

This movie is interesting to me. One on hand, it is the traditional romantic comedy. But on the other hand the movie asks an interesting question about writing. Does one learn to write by just doing and learning from your mistakes or do we go the traditional route and learn in a classroom?

Do I recommend it? Yes.

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