Khashoggi and Guardians of Truth Defined 2018

The stout man with the gray goatee and the gentle demeanor dared to disagree with his country’s government. He told the world the truth about its brutality toward those who would speak out. And he was murdered for it. Every detail of Jamal Khashoggi’s killing made it a sensation: the time stamp on the surveillance video that captured the Saudi journalist entering his country’s Istanbul consulate on Oct. 2; the taxiway images of the private jets bearing his assassins; the bone saw; the reports of his final words, “I can’t breathe,” recorded on audio as the life was choked from him. [TIME Magazine]

THE ACCIDENTAL PRESIDENT tried to scuttle the First Amendment but he failed.

The world watched as the guardians of truth chipped away at the liar in chief, who stands on a cliff of his own making.

The system held because journalists across America didn’t stand down.

Beyond our borders, what President Loco has done to undermine truth, justice, and democratic institutions can be seen from Saudi Arabia, the Philippines to Maryland and Myanmar.

My writing career includes journalism and reporting, along with partisan hackery, and op-eds that stripped the bark off politicians who betrayed our trust.

As a lifetime creative, nothing has meant more to me than the First Amendment.

Trump is caught in his own blizzard of lies.

And Robert Mueller made sure the most devastating allegations came from beyond the Office of the Special Counsel. The Southern District of New York has the floor, and there’s noting the accidental occupant of the White House can do to escape.

Donald J. Trump will be shadowed the rest of his life for what has been exposed.

What American citizens owe the guardians of truth is incalculable.

One Trump loyalist said after a day of conversation with “hardcore MAGA [Make America Great Again] online influencers”: “These are the people most predisposed to believing the ‘witch hunt’ rhetoric, but they are now expressing real concerns.”

  • Even these diehards “start looking at the legal stuff and have a hard time dismissing it all,” the loyalist said.
  • “I think SDNY [the Southern District of New York, where prosecutors said Trump directed Michael Cohen to make hush-money payments to women] has changed people’s perceptions. … That’s viewed as a greater potential threat to Trump directly than Mueller. ‘Collusion’ is still met with eye rolls.”
  • “And even MAGA loyalists are asking why Trump feels the need to go on Twitter with bizarre legal explanations that don’t seem to help.”
  • AP reported: “For some Republicans, the implication that the president may have directed a campaign finance violation … could foreshadow a true turning point in the Republican relationship … when … Mueller releases his report.”
  • source: AXIOS