“FAKE NEWS winners?” This ain’t funny.

“There is nothing in the record of the past two years when both Houses of Congress have been controlled by the Republican Party which can lead any person to believe that those promises will be fulfilled in the future. They follow the Hitler line – no matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as truth.” 
Remarks of John F. Kennedy, Fitton Council, Knights of Columbus, East Boston, Massachusetts, May 18, 1947
     For me, the final straw happened months ago at the mere utterance of “fake news.” Now, as feared, authoritarian despots in Turkey, Syria, and the Philippines are using the term to go after the press. With this unprecedented, silly-ass declaration of “FAKE NEWS winners” all news outlets and journalists, whether they are covering the President or not, should be on a war footing dedicating their lives to produce indisputable facts in their work. Work so good that Sarah Huckabee Sanders would have a nervous breakdown if she ever again attempted to distort reality.
     I’m certainly not a CNN, MSNBC, New York Times, Newsweek, Time, Washington Post follower. This blog exists to advocate other sources rather than the mainstream news. The mainstream spends way too much time on the spectacle of the event without detailing why the event came about in the first place. For example, we are bombarded with stories of survival and bravery so that we only send our “thoughts and prayers” instead of asking about the role of corporations, governments, and responsible authorities in the event.  It may be too hard and unpleasant for CNN and the distracted among us to deal with. 
Here are some highly recommended movies to understand the way journalists work and how the news should be presented:

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A former event photographer, I became an early adopter of, advocate for, and then a digital camera addict. After half-a-million frames taken and thousands of dollars spent, I no longer stress over the camera brand or worry about the number of megapixels. I ignore the marketing of the camera manufacturers that promote technology over the eyes of the photographer. I’ve returned to simple film cameras with the understanding that one should not have to be a Ph.D. in physics to operate a camera. Photography doesn’t have to be complicated. Visualizing the moment and finding the light is more important. Just point, shoot, and preserve your memories, create your art. After 15 years of being an “unofficial” camera engineer for Nikon, Canon, Leica, Fuji, and Ricoh, I’m still on a journey of recovery. Along the way, I’ll share how I adapt to a more considered photographic practice that promotes a more contemplative way of life.