Jeff Flake's flaky speech

January 16, 2018

Sen. Jeff Flake is reportedly preparing a speech to the Senate that will compare President Trump’s “attacks” on the press, such as calling them an “enemy of the people,” to the actions of bloody Russian communist dictator Joseph Stalin. So I thought I’d pitch in and give him a little help with his research.

Under Stalin, the Soviet Communist Party maintained multiple organizations, each responsible for censoring a different form of communication, from print to movies to radio/TV to theater (even ballet) and more. Any publications from prior to the Soviet era that didn’t align with communist dogma were destroyed, or hidden and seen only by special permit. The only official award journalists could hope to win was the Stalin Prize, which was chosen by Stalin himself. Simply possessing an unauthorized piece of literature could draw the scrutiny of the KGB. Yet, despite his ironfisted rule and his responsibility for the deaths of tens of millions of people, Stalin had many admirers in the US media, most notably New York Times reporter Walter Duranty, who received a Pulitzer Prize in 1932 for his reporting on the USSR that whitewashed the deliberate mass famines and Stalin’s part in them.

By contrast, President Trump has undergone an unprecedented 24/7 onslaught of negative coverage by a US “news media” that openly dropped all pretense of being fair, neutral or objective during the 2016 campaign and declared as its sworn duty the “delegitimizing” of the legally elected President. As part of that effort, even once honorable outlets such as the Washington Post, the New York Times and especially CNN have repeatedly promoted anti-Trump stories based on anonymous sources and rumors that later turned out to be completely false. In retaliation, Trump has viciously refused to call on them at press conferences and made fun of them for running “fake news,” which they clearly and undeniably have done and continue to do.

So I’m afraid I really don’t see too many similarities between Stalin and Trump when it comes to their treatment of the press. But there’s one big difference in the way the press treated them: Stalin got far more positive coverage from the New York Times than Trump does.

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  • DOROTHY SEGERSTROM

    01/20/2018 09:19 AM

    AZ has really hatched some strange senators! Their negative nature has really been in the limelight, delighting the Democrats for sure.They are enemies of the Republican Party and our current president!
    I would not vote for J. Flake in the future for anything, not even dog catcher- if there is still such an office.

  • Carolyn Ayres

    01/17/2018 06:30 PM

    This man is an ignorant and biased politician.

  • michael Gene Langley, MD

    01/17/2018 02:14 PM

    Phillip Chan, You seem to speak better English than many, US born citizens. Sadly, most can't speak a second language, either! I appreciate your views. Sadly, if you spoke up about such things, where you live, it could mean death for you! May God protect you.

  • Kim Yellow Horse

    01/17/2018 11:35 AM

    Well done sir, well done.

  • Barbara Johnson

    01/17/2018 10:19 AM

    Jeff Flake is a snake oil salesman. I lived in Arizona and can state this without reservation. He said all the right things to his constituents and made promises he only kept if it was in his best interest. His excuse’s were double talk and it was very confusing for awhile. But the truth was there, it just took a while to see. He was not a good republican.

  • Kevin Cook

    01/17/2018 09:09 AM

    Flake will go out a pathetic loser and if he invokes Stalin for Trump, LMAO, Flake will also go out as mentally ill. Good riddance Jeff!

  • Amelia Little

    01/17/2018 05:46 AM

    I guess I didn't realize there were snowflake Republicans, but he seems to be one. Appropriately, his resident is listed as Snowflake!! I think he needs to check out the facts in this article before he makes a fool of himself. It didn't say (and I haven't read) what the occasion for the speech is. Or is he just going to make a speech on this one topic?

  • Philip Chan

    01/17/2018 01:46 AM

    What happened to - "Thou shalt not spread false rumors against your neighbors ?"... Why .. CNN, Trump hating Democrats, Trump hating so called celebrities are all so quick to spread false rumors against Trump? Is it because they sensed that the things they idolize so much such as the indiscriminate rights abortion of babies, pedophilia practices, LGBT aggressive behavior will be re examined and questioned? Is it because they are afraid, the rights of Christian and conservative voices will be provided for on a greater level? Is it because money from illegal drug business, pornographic business, pay for play business will be threatened? Is it because the ideology they loved such as ideologies that subscribe to communism ideals, ideologies that subscribe to caliphate ideals will be threatened should USA prospers? Are they consciously trying to apply the strategies of Lenin to create division between classes of people , in order to remove a duly elected President? We should never allow them to succeed or to go about un exposed for their lies! Thank you Mike Huckabee. It comforts me to know there are still genuine God fearing people in America whom God can use in such a powerful way. Sorry for my English. I am a 59 year old Chinese Christian living in somewhere in Asia.