Public invited to discuss Great Basin Science Synthesis
SUSANVILLE, Calif., November 29, 2016 – The U.S. Forest Service is inviting the public to help shape the science synthesis for the Great Basin/Modoc Plateau portions of the Lassen and Modoc National Forests. This document will become the science foundation for the Forests to revise their Forest land management plans.
These plans provide strategic direction guiding how the Forest Service manages national forest system lands. Before these Forests begin revising their plans, they must complete a science synthesis that combines the most recent and best available science-based information about the area.
The first step in developing this synthesis is determining the topics and questions to address. A team of scientists from the Forest Service’s Western Center for Native Plant Conservation and Restoration Science will develop the science synthesis around the natural resource topics and science questions established by Lassen and Modoc National Forest staff. These topics and questions are influenced by public, governmental entities, and tribal input.
The public has two opportunities to provide input:
· December 8, 2016: Attend a public workshop at the Lassen County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Jensen Hall Building, 195 Russell Avenue, Susanville, CA 96130.
· December 8, 2016 – January 8, 2017: Provide feedback via postal mail: Dr. Kas Dumroese, Great Basin Science Synthesis Team Leader, 1221 South Main Street, Moscow ID 83843. Feedback will also be accepted via an email address that will be provided on the project website on December 8.
Together the Lassen and Modoc National Forests manage 2.8 million acres of national forest system lands in Northern California. The forests are combining efforts because they share geographically and ecologically similar resources. For more information, visit: http://go.usa.gov/x8NfX.
Lassen National Forest lies at the Crossroads of California, where the granite of the Sierra Nevada, the lava of the Cascades and the Modoc Plateau, and the sagebrush of the Great Basin meet. The Forest is managed for recreational access as well as timber and firewood for homes, forage for livestock, water, minerals, and other natural resources. For more information, call (530) 257-2151 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/lassen.
Certain sounds are annoying. Christmas music too soon on the radio. The beeping of the microwave. (Not initially, but left unattended for thirty minutes because one forgot to retrieve heated item…) While buying dog bones is always a blessing as shoes and other treasured items are spared, listening to Hanz and Bella chew those raw hides…not so much. The smacking of gum by my ten year old…I could go on.
One loud noise I do appreciate is the sound of the Sierra County & Caltrans trucks scraping the roads up and down the mountain as they remove ice, snow, and rocks from slides etc. The scraping sound signals someone is on the job with the right equipment ensuring our roads are a bit safer to travel. I much prefer driving BEHIND the scrape truck to reap the benefits of the road being cleared in front of me, than driving in front of the rig to encounter only God knows what in these wintry conditions.
This holds true in the spiritual realm. God led the Israelites through the desert by a pillar of cloud during the daytime and a pillar of flame at night. He explored the lands ahead of them and took them along the best route possible. In our own lives we are also wise to allow Him to go before us. If we continually hand the reigns over to the One who is all knowing and allow Him to do what He does best- LEAD, our odds of encountering disaster and calamity are reduced.
Of course we are never 100% free of trials and tribulations in this fallen world, but I sure as heck will take all the help the Lord will give in reducing unnecessary strife and plum avoiding a bad situation (if at all possible). We never know what God could steer us away from if we just let Him lead us including: attending the wrong school, entering a problematic profession, a horrible living situation, a crappy marriage, trusting fakes, phonies and users- the list goes on. We pray “on earth as it is in heaven”. Mind you, heavenly streets are paved with gold- not pot holes and roads encumbered with rock slides and such.
Let the High King of heaven lead. He is always making a way. He never slumbers or sleeps. His ways are always higher, His plans for us- better too! This season may I encourage you to thank a road worker for keeping us safe! Treat them to a cup of coffee! God is good! Always!
Since our last account a lot has happened in Downieville Jr/Sr High School. I would like to start by thanking Ms. Bruns, the art teacher, for all the help she has given. We secondary students have been very happy learning how to draw portraits and learning shading techniques.
The high school celebrated Thanksgiving on Wednesday the 23rd. It was a half day, in which the students held a pep rally then indulged in food made for a feast, including two turkeys, mashed potatoes, a variety of pies, and much more.
The construction class students are having fun building scale houses that have been made to 1/16 to an inch. This is teaching students terminology and skills that will help them in their futures.
In other news a former student, Tommy Dines, graduated from Marine boot camp on Friday, November 14. We believe the Marines are lucky to have a man like Tommy. The whole school got to see the ceremony, thanks to Megan Parker who live-streamed the event for us.
This last Tuesday the boys Jr. Varsity team played against the Loyalton J.V. basketball team. Both teams played hard, but we are proud to announce that Downieville won with a score of 29 to 28. The team (Hunter Davey, Jacob Rust, Makalia Rollins, Robert Baker, Niles Bosworth, Kyle Bosworth, and Arroyo Campbell) played very hard.
The K-3 class not only learned about the first Thanksgiving, but they also joined Ms. Maire’s class for a Thanksgiving feast on November 23rd. The kids even helped with the food. Before the feast the kids worked on crafts and enjoyed their Zumba lessons. The K-3 students are also practicing for their Holiday on Main performance.
Ms. Maire’s class has also been getting ready for Holiday on Main. This class hosted the Thanksgiving feast for the entire elementary. They are also learning about climates and ecosystems. Ms. Maire’s class held a See’s candy fundraiser for a trip to Monterey Bay.
We have many announcements this week. Holiday on Main is on December 3rd, this Saturday, at the Community Hall in Downieville. Both the K-3 and the 4-6 classes are performing that day at the Yuba Theatre. The 7/8th graders are hosting a cookie-decorating booth during Holiday on Main. They are also selling hot chocolate, coffee, and pie. On Friday and Saturday, December 9th/10th we are hosting a boys varsity basketball tournament. Both the boys and girls have varsity teams and hope to get many wins this year. We look forward to seeing you on the bleachers, cheering the teams on!
Teresa Ann Snider – October 10, 1969 – November 26, 2016
Teresa was born in Berkeley to Wayne and Shirley Snider and lived in the Bay Area. She spent her K-12 years at Downieville Elementary and High School. During her last year at DHS, she became an exchange student through the AFS program and spent a year in Austria, completely immersing herself in the language and culture, becoming extremely proficient in German, she was often mistaken for a native Austrian. In her youth, she was a member of the Downieville Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where she received her first Communion and Confirmation.
Teresa then attended Cal State Pomona. She was very involved in the drama department and continued her love of that subject starring in several plays, including an off broadway production of ‘Three Postcards‘.
She enjoyed traveling and visited Europe on several occasions, touring Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Italy, France and Austria. She loved Hawaii, visiting there frequently. She was part of a climbing group that went to Nepal and Katmandu and climbed to a Mt. Everest base camp. She thoroughly enjoyed India, the people and places and had hoped to return.
Her great love of animals resulted in her raising English Labradors, leaving behind her beloved red Lab Koana Bear, a service dog trained in rescue work, especially avalanche recovery. Over the years she had developed a great passion for autistic children and working with them in conjunction with the Labradors. She found the children made great strides with their rehabilitation while interacting with these dogs. She was working with an autistic group to film a documentary on this phenomenon.
During her last few years, she had worked extensively with various hospice organizations in the Reno-Truckee areas. In 1994, she gave birth to her son Painter Eden-Kyler Baarsma, the love of her life. He was raised in Downieville and Sierraville and later in Las Vegas with his father. She and Painter’s father had owned and operated the Forks Bar and Restaurant. Her final culinary adventure was in Sierraville, with the creation of the Stagecoach Bar and Grill. At the time of her death, she was preparing to re-open this establishment.
Teresa was diagnosed with an abdominal cancer about four years ago while on a trip to New York City. She was under treatment locally and appeared to be winning the battle, but God had other plans.
Teresa is survived by her son Painter, mother Shirley Snider, three sisters; Kathleen Thomas, Julie Jackson Potter, Sherrie Conant, nephews Dillon Herrmann, Brad Jackson and family, Eric Jackson and family, Isaac Macchia and family, and niece Rachel Macchia and family and many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. She was preceded in death by her dad Wayne Snider, sister Lisa Smith, grandparents Ed Herrmann, Mr. & Mrs. William Jensen, and Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Snider. Teresa was a friend to many and will be greatly missed.
Funeral services will be held at the Truckee-Tahoe Mortuary in Truckee on Tuesday, December 6, with visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Burial will be in the Sierraville cemetery following the service. In lieu of flowers, a Teresa Snider scholarship fund is being established at the Downieville High School and donations may be made to that cause which we know would please Teresa greatly as she was a passionate advocate for education.
Downieville High School and Loyalton High School had a basketball game and Downieville won. That’s all I know, read the Mountain Messenger for more.
Every now and then one (me) hears or reads an author and laughs out loud. I treasure laughter and deep thoughts and here is a mixture of both of them. Subscribe to his blog and you are destined to smile, read his books and be entertained, amused and possibly a little frightened.
“Greg Levin is an award-winning author of dark comedic fiction. http://greglevin.com
Greg’s first novel… meh, nobody but Greg really cares about his first novel.
His second novel, The Exit Man, was optioned by HBO for development into a TV series and won a 2015 Independent Publishers Award (a.k.a., an “IPPY”), earning a silver medal for Best Adult Fiction Ebook.
Greg’s third novel, Sick to Death, is out now and is being hailed by critics everywhere as one of the top three books he has ever written. Author Craig Clevenger (The Contortionist’s Handbook) calls Sick to Death “a tour de force dark comedy.”
Greg resides with his wife, daughter and two cats in Austin, Texas, where he reportedly is wanted by local authorities for refusing to say “y’all” or do the two-step. He is currently working on his fourth novel.” Greg Levin Amazon
Bending the Arc – by Robert C. Koehler
Maybe this much is true. Donald Trump, pseudo-president-elect, loser of the real election, charismatic stump-speech populist whose actual ability to govern may well be non-existent, has inflicted significant damage on America’s political infrastructure.
This is scary, of course, but not necessarily a bad thing. I say this even, or especially, if he manages to assemble a far right, white-nationalist-friendly cabinet and inner circle and start attempting to implement some of the promises he made on the campaign trail. If the Trump pseudo-presidency is “normalized” and we-the-people and the media shrug our shoulders at the rebuilding of Jim Crow Nation — the Wall, the Muslim registry and God knows what happens next — then yes, this is a disaster and moving to Canada is a viable option. But if Trump, instead, is the reincarnation of Bull Connor, someone who makes a dark, hidden ugliness suddenly clear to the public at large, then his rise to power may be the harbinger of profound, positive change.
“I do not pretend to understand the moral universe,” abolitionist Theodore Parker wrote more than 150 years ago, prefiguring the words of Martin Luther King. “The arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice.”
But the arc doesn’t bend by itself.
The Trump era may be defined less by the damage he inflicts than by the outrage he incurs: the outrage of a public that loves this country but also manages to love the whole planet and revere the principles of compassion and connection. This may, indeed, be an era of change, but not the change that Trump himself expects. Perhaps he’s just the trigger.
Consider, for instance, the idea of creating a Muslim registry, notoriously defended last week by former Trump-backing super PAC spokesman Carl Higbie, who told Megyn Kelly of Fox News, “We did it during World War II with the Japanese.” He proceeded to cite the internment camps, quasi-prisons in which as many as 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry were forced to live between 1942 and 1946, as a “precedent.”
“Look,” he said, “the president needs to protect America first.”
What does it mean to “protect America”? This is now a concept that is up for grabs, thanks to the non-election of Donald Trump. As his baldly racist plan to pretend to protect America gains publicity, determination to oppose it also grows, and, in that opposition, bring deeper values into play in our national politics.
Thus: “We need to stand in solidarity with Muslim people who are being targeted by Donald Trump,” “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah said to a cheering studio audience. “If they start registering Muslims in America, we all register as Muslims.”
And slowly the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice.
“Noah said that if all citizens stood with immigrants and said, ‘I am a Muslim,’ it ‘would take away any power the registry might have,’ according to Huffington Post reporter David Moye.
And several websites have sprung up creating this opportunity, including a site called Register US, which contains a pledge signed, so far, by nearly 30,000 people:
“Donald Trump has said he would ‘absolutely’ require all Muslims to register in a database. This is just one of Trump’s racist and Islamophobic proposals that threaten our ideals of freedom and equality. We must come together and fight back before he takes these dangerous, hateful and unconstitutional ideas any further.
“We pledge to stand together with Muslims across the country, and around the world. Because when we stand as one, no American can be singled out by their race, religion, income, gender identity or sexual orientation.”
If such a movement grows, its effect would not be simply to defeat a bad plan and return the country to some sort of pre-Trump normal, but rather to push the nation further beyond the us-vs.-them mentality that still imprisons it and keeps it tied to fear and — yes, oh Lord — war. Trump could foment a revolution that is the opposite of the one his campaign rhetoric called out for.
I believe a larger consciousness is waiting to lay claim on American politics.
Trump says build a wall. Even if the wall is mostly a metaphor, the effect of that metaphor is to lock in consciousness, as though “America” is the only truth Americans are capable of understanding: Fifty states and that’s it. We’re exceptional and the rest of you, keep out. Locked-in consciousness never keeps people safe, but it does keep them scared. You might call it patriotic absolutism, which yields fear, violence and war.
Trump or no Trump, this caged thinking has had its day. The primary characteristic of truth, someone once said, is that it willingly yields to greater truth. It’s convenient to organize a nation state around the lesser truth of us vs. them and the ever-lurking presence of The Enemy, but the time has come for this truth to yield to the greater truth of one planet, one humanity.
Perhaps it begins with these words: “I am a Muslim.”
Robert Koehler, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is a Chicago award-winning journalist and editor.
Sierra County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Log
- 1154 – Hang up called 9-1-1 from Downieville
- 1006 – Restraining order being violated in Loyalton
- 1733 – Hang up calls 9-1-1 from Sierra City
- 1810 – Hangup calls 9-1-1 from another location in Sierra City
- 1246 – Ambulance requested in Loyalton
- 1555 – Welfare check needed near Loyalton
- 1736 – Deputy makes vehicle stop near Loyalton
- 1529 – Fireworks being set off in Goodyears Bar
- 1701 – Deer struck on Hwy 70 near Graeagle
- 1235 – Fraud identity theft reported in Loyalton
- 1540 – Illegal removal of forest products near Downieville
- 1836 – Ambulance requested in Loyalton
- 2035 – Hangup called 9-1-1 from Haskell Creek
- 1101 – Reckless driver reported between Camptonville and Downieville
- 1257 – Fire or out of control control burn near Calpine
- 1517 – Caller stuck in snow with family near Mills Peak
- 1832 – Single vehicle accident Hwy 49 north of Bassetts
- 1850 – Semi truck a traffic hazard near Boganville
- 1857 – Contact with subject for traffic offense Lombardi Point
- 2310 – Ambulance needed in Sierraville
- 0717 – Ambulance requested in Loyalton
- 1749 – Report of someone stuck in snow near Verdi
BY AMY HORNE AND JIM BRANHAM Special to Sac Bee Opinon Op-Ed
Some 102 million trees have died in California since 2010, and that number will likely grow. Dead trees in a forest are natural, but the extraordinary numbers we see in parts of the Sierra Nevada threaten many benefits of our forests. Some places that had 20 trees per acre a century ago now have 260 trees.
Too many trees, dead or alive, produce too much fuel. Once a fire gets started, a continuous expanse of fuel makes it more likely the fire will become extreme. California’s wildfires affect the whole nation. A recent study found that California consumes nearly half of all western wildfire costs. Too many lives are lost and homes burned. Wildfires destroy wildlife habitat, and pollute water with sediment and fire-fighting chemicals. Sediment reduces reservoir capacity. Landscapes scarred by large wildfires take generations to heal.
Paradoxically, wildfires also threaten California’s leadership in addressing climate change. One big wildfire can release massive amounts of greenhouse gases.
To reduce both wildfire risk and tree mortality, we should remove excess trees but do so in a particular way. Scientists have developed a promising strategy that focuses on the pattern of trees remaining after harvest. Big, old trees are untouched, and many small trees are removed. The result is a more variable forest with more open space.
Loggers, environmentalists and governmental agencies used this strategy in the 9,000-acre Sagehen Experimental Forest near Truckee, and all benefited. Loggers got wood for manufacturing. Environmentalists got improved wildlife habitat.
The good news for the rest of us is that this new tree pattern makes forests more resilient to fire, insects and drought. With fewer trees, fires tend to remain low to the ground and are controlled more easily. Under certain conditions, they may extinguish themselves. Such ground fires clear out underbrush and use up excess fuel.
Applying the Sagehen strategy to millions of acres in the Sierra could safeguard the many benefits of forests, reduce the cost of fighting fires and would save lives and homes, fish and wildlife, and scenic vistas and recreation areas.
The new approach could also support California’s fight against climate change. Healthy forests absorb carbon more quickly and release fewer greenhouse gases. Like Europeans, we could build 20-story buildings out of innovative wood products, locking up carbon otherwise released by wildfires.
We have a choice. We can continue business as usual and accept ever-larger wildfires that escalate damage to lives, property and the environment. Or we can use this alternative approach that will save taxpayers substantial amounts of money and ensure our grandchildren will inherit healthy forests.
Amy Horne is chairwoman of the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, though her views do not reflect those of the board, and can be contacted at Amylou.Horne@gmail.com. Jim Branham is executive officer of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today is Drew’s birthday, happy birthday Drew, a 27 year old remarkable young man. Saturday, December 3rd is Holiday on Main in Downieville, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the world famous Pet Parade, Crafts & Vendor Fair in the Hall, Santa Claus and then the School Kids Performance and baked goods auction at the Yuba Theatre at 5 p.m.
Loyalton has a Christmas Toy Drive at the Golden West from 5 p.m. Bring a new or used unwrapped toy or cash donation and enjoy a free spaghetti dinner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Proceeds help Holiday Planners and Terry’s Toys for Tots give kids a happy holiday.
This is the season to be jolly and greatful and I have to say thank you to Officer Stringer and Deputy Rust at the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office when I called them about a missing Christmas tree, following their recommended action, the mystery of the missing tree was resolved and all was good in the world. I especially thank Cassie at the Downieville Grocery Store who has gone above and beyond in helping the Downieville Lion’s Club sell the trees, Downieville Grocery gains nothing for this and Cassie, Mike and Nicole at the store volunteer their time in this community fundraiser. Thank you.
And now I’ve been wondering what to say about the political issues that Americans are faced with for the next four years, it seems many of us are quiet, sitting back and waiting to see what happens next, and although it is fair to say give the guy a chance, it seems pretty clear the changes being touted will benefit the 1% and the rest of us be damned. So here is a quote from Mark Shriver of Save the Children Action Network -“This is a tough time, for a lot of people in this country. And the question is: Are we going to moan and wring our hands and get in the fetal position,” Shriver said, “or are we going to get in the arena, like Teddy Roosevelt said, and get bloodied and beaten, and get the dust and dirt kicked on us, and stay engaged?”
So the Mountain Messenger as a gift subscription is a great Christmas present as mentioned in their story this week, however don’t forget Cindy Mcreary at Sierra Hardware, and the Second Hand Store with Biatta and Dwayne, Downieville Day Spa with Kathy Fischer and Kristy Folsom are filled with great gifts and ideas. A gift certificate from Jadaa’s, Feathers, the pizza parlor aka Two Rivers Cafe and of course the year round open for lunch and dinner Coyoteville Cafe. These are gifts we in town and people afar can use and love.
Another photo from Patty Gingg’s kitchen window graces us this week. Patty also appears in this week’s Others.
http://www.oesnews.com This past Thursday, actress and entertainer Florence Henderson died of heart failure at age 82. She got her show business start on Broadway as a teenager in the 1950’s, but she is probably most remembered as one of America’s most beloved moms, Carol Brady in The Brady Bunch.
The Brady Bunch was a television series that aired from 1969 to 1974 on ABC and caught the attention of generation. The show’s reruns caught on with a new generation of viewers that enjoyed the outlandish hair and clothing styles for the early 1970’s.
The series focused on family matters mixed in with some comic relief, but often had a good lesson or “moral to the story.” There was definitely some good information passed along in Episode 6 of Season 3.
In this episode, Bobby and Cindy (the two youngest Brady siblings) get the entire family to participate in a home fire safety campaign by participating in fire drills and practicing their escape plan.
While the delivery of the message is entertaining, the importance of creating and practicing a fire escape plan can be life-saving.
Make sure your family is prepared in case of a home fire and remember that every second counts. Practice your fire escape plan at least twice a year and consider these tips:
- Find two ways to get out of each room.
- If the primary way is blocked by fire or smoke, you will need a second way out. A secondary route might be a window onto a neighboring roof or a collapsible ladder for escape from upper story windows.
- Only purchase collapsible ladders evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratory (UL).
- Make sure that windows are not stuck, screens can be taken out quickly, and that security bars can be properly opened.
- Practice feeling your way out of the house in the dark or with your eyes closed.
- Windows and doors with security bars must have quick release devices to allow them to be opened immediately in an emergency. Make sure everyone in the family understands and practices how to properly operate and open locked or barred doors and windows.
- Teach children not to hide from firefighters.
- Make sure to a properly installed smoke alarm on every level of your home and replace batteries at least once a year (except non-replaceable 10-year lithium batteries).
For additional information on fire safety and preparedness, check out these resources:
Downieville Annual Holiday on Main Celebration and Crafts Fair
Saturday, December 3, 2016 9-3 pm
Downieville Community Hall
Contact person: Kathy Whitlow 289-3126
Crafts show and sale for your Christmas shopping. Santa Claus will arrive on the DVFD antique fire engine with goodies for the little ones, free rides for all ages on the antique fire engine, hot food and drinks.
Dear Editor: Going through these from http://www.nationofchange.org makes me wonder about the minds of those who’ve voted for him. Especially what I highlighted in bold & red in #3. Were I in the press, I’d be very worried about this as it sounds like a very serious threat to me.
Democracy depends on a free and independent press, which is why all tyrants try to squelch it. They use seven techniques that, worryingly, President-elect Donald Trump already employs.
1. Berate the media. Shortly after the election, Trump summoned two-dozen TV news anchors and executives to the twenty-fifth floor of Trump Tower to berate them for their reporting about him during the election. For twenty minutes he railed at what he called their “outrageous” and “dishonest” coverage. According to an attendee, “Trump kept saying, ‘we’re in a room of liars, the deceitful dishonest media who got it all wrong,’” and he called CNN a “network of liars.” He accused NBC of using unflattering pictures of him, demanding to know why they didn’t use “nicer” pictures.
Another person who attended the meeting said Trump “truly doesn’t seem to understand the First Amendment. He thinks we are supposed to say what he says and that’s it.”
2. Blacklist critical media. During the campaign, Trump blacklisted news outlets whose coverage he didn’t approve of. In June he pulled The Washington Post’s credentials. “Based on the incredibly inaccurate coverage and reporting of the record setting Trump campaign, we are hereby revoking the press credentials of the phony and dishonest Washington Post,” read a post on Trump’s Facebook page.
After the election Trump agreed to meet with the New York Times and then suddenly cancelled the meeting when he didn’t like the terms, tweeting “Perhaps a new meeting will be set up with the @nytimes. In the meantime they continue to cover me inaccurately and with a nasty tone!” (He reversed himself again and met with the Times.)
3. Turn the public against the media. Trump refers to journalists as “lying,” “dishonest,” “disgusting” and “scum.” Referring to the journalists at his rallies, Trump said, “I hate some of these people,” adding (presumably in response to allegations of Vladimir Putin’s treatment of dissident journalists) “but I’d never kill ‘em.”
He questions the press’s motives, claiming, for example, that The Washington Post wrote negative things about him because its publisher, Jeffrey Bezos, a founder of Amazon, “thinks I would go after him for antitrust.” When the New York Timeswrote that his transition team was in disarray, Trump tweeted that the newspaper was “just upset that they looked like fools in their coverage of me” during the presidential campaign.
4. Condemn satirical or critical comments. Trump continues to condemn the coverage he’s received from NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” In response to Alex Baldwin’s recent portrayal of him as overwhelmed by the prospect of being president, Trump tweeted that it was a “totally one-sided, biased show – nothing funny at all. Equal time for us?”
When Brandon Victor Dixon, the actor who plays Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical “Hamilton,” read from the stage a message to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who was in the audience – expressing fears about the pending Trump administration for the “diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds and orientations” on the cast – Trump tweeted that Pence had been “harassed,” and insisted that the cast and producers of the show, “which I hear is highly overrated,” apologize.
5. Threaten the media directly. Trump said he plans to change libel laws in the United States so that he can have an easier time suing news organizations. “One of the things I’m going to do if I win … I’m going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money.”
During the campaign, Trump specifically threatened to sue the Times for libel in response to an article that featured two women accusing him of touching them inappropriately years ago. Trump claimed the allegations were false, and his lawyer demanded that the newspaper retract the story and issue an apology. Trump also threatened legal action after the Timespublished and wrote about part of his 1995 tax return.
6. Limit media access. Trump hasn’t had a news conference since July. He has blocked the media from traveling with him, or even knowing whom he’s meeting with. His phone call with Vladimir Putin, which occurred shortly after the election, was first reported by the Kremlin.
This is highly unusual. In 2000, President-elect George W. Bush called a press conference three days after the Supreme Court determined the outcome of the election. In 2008, President-elect Obama called one three days after being elected.
7. Bypass the media and communicate with the public directly. The American public typically learns what Trump thinks through his tweets. Shortly after the election, Trump also released a video message outlining some of the executive actions he plans to take on his first day in office.
Aids say Trump has also expressed interest in continuing to hold the large rallies that became a staple of his candidacy. They say he likes the instant gratification and adulation that the cheering crowds provide.
The word “media” comes from “intermediate” between newsmakers and the public. Responsible media hold the powerful accountable by asking them hard questions and reporting on what they do. Apparently Trump wants to eliminate such intermediaries.
Historically, these seven techniques have been used by demagogues to erode the freedom and independence of the press. Even before he’s sworn in, Trump seems intent on doing exactly this.
Sincerely, Judith Hardardt