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White House ‘Press Secretary’ – A Double Farce

Sarah Huckabee Sanders at a White House Press Briefing
Sarah Huckabee Sanders at a White House Press Briefing in May 2017. (Photo: The White House)
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“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re misinformed.”

The sole function of the White House “press secretary” is to shield the president from exercising his (or her) responsibility of responding directly to the pointed questions of a so-called free press regarding U.S. government policy, actions and inactions. History demonstrates that the responses of a “press secretary” to questions from the news media are uniformly predictable and essentially uninformative. A trained parrot or mynah would serve the purpose equally well.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, daughter of the all-time most ignorant governor of a U.S. state (who once publicly congratulated Canada, in all seriousness, on the construction of its new “National Igloo” – videotaped for a spoof TV series that exposed ignorance), is the absolute epitome of a nil-intellect sycophant.

Good riddance to her! Unfortunately, the White House (and Congress and Supreme Court) will remain chock-full of myopic special-interest plutocrats and their political puppets.

Do you recall the timeless words of HL Mencken?  He provided candid, trenchant observations on a great many social and political topics, among them this: “Democracy is the theory that collective wisdom derives from individual ignorance.”

Of course, we rightly should ask ourselves how the preponderant individual ignorance of the American electorate can be overcome when the public are fed a diet of CNN and Fox News. As Mark Twain noted: “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re misinformed.”

Even assuming the pipe dream of a fully informed public, there remains the question of no-good-choice election ballots, since the essentially co-monopolistic two-party system in the good ole U.S.A. produces only candidates who are vetted by the special interests that control each party (the “parties” being nothing more than special-interest conglomerates), rather than any real choices of an informed electorate.

Larry Stout

I am a retired American geologist/editor/translator. I have traveled to all 50 U.S. states, and lived in 9 states. I have traveled to every Canadian province, and to 40 other countries outside the U.S. I have lived in Egypt, Malaysia, and (seasonally) in Canada. I have read widely in world history. I am 76 years old and I remain physically and intellectually active. I refuse, and do not fit, the meaningless tags "liberal" or "conservative".

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