April 10, 2018

A couple of reminders for the media

Although even the purportedly liberal MSNBC is giving far more attention to Donald Trump's description of the search of his lawyer's office and hotel room as a "witch hunt," it is part of a criminal investigation, backed by an approved warrant. Trump and Cohen, it can be fairly said, are at this point criminal suspects and the media should use the term "criminal" at least as often as it quotes Trump about witch hunts. As Wikipedia notes, "The distinction between suspect and perpetrator recognizes that the suspect is not known to have committed the offense, while the perpetrator—who may not yet have been suspected of the crime, and is thus not necessarily a suspect—is the one who did. The suspect may be a different person from the perpetrator, or there may have been no actual crime, which would mean there is no perpetrator."

The right to declare war remains that of the Congress and not the President. Despite decades of those in power in Washington - including the media - ignoring this, it is still part of the Constitution.

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