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Dutch TV’s Seering Trump Documentary

In The Progressive Influence on May 14, 2017 at 8:14 PM

While US broadcast media is running sprints to attract viewers with the constant droning of Trump and his cabal lying their way through the first months of his administration and lying 45 (Trump) into US History, Dutch TV broadcast Part 1 of a series about Trump’s possible connections to international racketeering. US Cable news networks busy their production teams and on-camera hosts (and book hawkers) with dozens of highly paid “contributors” sitting around spewing opinions like quacking hens with a Fox near the coup, while real journalism unfolded via the program: The Dubious Friends of Donald Trump. 


Alternet dot org

The Dubious Friends of Donald Trump, Part 1: The Russians. The first installment of the investigative reporting series, produced by Zembla.

The documentary’s YouTube description barely does justice to the film’s investigative reporting. While American journalists are following Trump’s tweets and tantrums, they followed the money into a world where the lines between outright profiteering and organized crime are blurred. What they found on a fact-based money trail reveals much about who the real Trump is and how he operates.

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We will follow the story while anxiously awaiting Part 2.

Closing Note: US Broadcast media is pathetic. All the glorious millionaire hosts spew their opinions, (in some cases based on research), host their over populated panels and construct stories like the plot of a TV series (tune-in next week for more). Even the former king of investigative TV news, 60 Minutes, has morphed into nothing more than a news four celebrity hosted segments of entertainment. Actually, I suspect the old adage of, “you know your day is ruined when 60 Minutes shows up at your door” no longer exist as a beacon of journalistic investigation. CNN has the broadcast market of offering panels which often view as something akin to a Jerry Springer production with liberals vs conservatives as marquee viewing attractions. Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the US Presidency has proven to be a gold mine for CNN and its cadre of on-air panel combatants. MSNBC, admittedly biased here, manages to offer the most investigative programming primarily via The Rachel Maddow Show. The network also has more book hawkers than its competitors, and that speaks to celebrity. 


All said we are what we mentally consume.  As a current events geek and committed hater of all things conservative, US broadcast media consumes virtually all of my TV viewing. It is truly sad the nation doesn’t have media which focus on old-school journalism with far fewer ratings hunting and show host book hawking. 

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