The Trumpsters Won’t Have to Look Hard to Learn Our Biases, Here They Are
“President Trump’s political allies are trying to raise at least $2 million to investigate reporters and editors … according to a three-page fundraising pitch reviewed by Axios.”
Bring it on.
We at DCReport.org have nothing to hide about ourselves or our efforts as journalists and nothing to be ashamed of in our personal or professional pasts.
Among us, we have over a century of journalism experience in the best newsrooms in the world. We have been reporting on the corruption of Donald Trump—and his four-generation crime syndicate family—for more than 30 years. We have watched and reported on the slow devolution of the Republican Party since Eisenhower.
As much as we’d love to see you waste as much of your money as possible, you won’t need to spend much investigating us. There’s nothing that you can dig up or gin up about us that will, in any way, cower us or deter us from our goal of exposing the corrupt, immoral, un-American Trump administration and the Radical Republican Party that enables it.
We layer rigorously reported facts upon facts to uncover the Trump-Republican rot. We don’t hide our biases and don’t hesitate to draw conclusions from our reporting. Here are the principles we established for ourselves when we launched DCReport.org on Nov. 9, 2016, the day after Trump, Republicans and the Kremlin stole the U.S. government from the people:
- It’s our government. We own it. Our federal government, like the states and their subordinate governments such as cities and counties, exist to benefit us. We believe in citizens acting as owners, not renters or squatters.
- We are journalists, citizens who have assumed the duty of informing our fellow citizens about our government and institutions.
- We publish stories that are accurate, short, to the point and easily understood by an educated general reader-citizen with no specific or professional knowledge of the issues or topics at hand.
- We publish what we know as soon as we are sufficiently assured that what we have learned is true, that the facts we have gathered substantiate our conclusion.
- We publish stories that have a clear point of view. They sympathetically reflect the anxieties, concerns, aspirations and hopes of reader-citizens, as we understand them.
- We avoid euphemism, timidity and prissiness. We use all of the English language. We use the right words to say what we mean. We call a lie a lie. We use vulgarities with reserve and exactitude, never as easy substitutes for better words and never as inarticulate, vague rantings.
- We are most concerned with the conduct of the public’s business by the men and women who have been elected or appointed to positions of public trust. A public figure’s personal life ought to be personal. It becomes a subject of public concern, however, when he or she behaves in a manner that a.) endangers him – or herself or others; b.) limits his or her ability to perform official duties in the public’s best interest, or c.) reflects gross or flagrant misconduct that demeans the office he or she holds.
- We never shirk from calling people out for what they are, but we never label or characterize someone without rock-solid justification.
- We are not partisan; we don’t support any party or candidates. We are not pro-Democratic Party, but we are clearly anti-Republican. We freely use phrases such as “Republican-style intransigence” or “Republican know-nothingism” or any other negative attributes that are unique to the party. We don’t participate in the silly efforts of Washington journalists to forge false equivalencies between the parties. Democrats may be spineless, wishy-washy and their own brand of corporate stooges, but they are not attempting to replace democracy with authoritarianism, to subvert the Enlightenment or to force women back to the 14th century.
- It’s not just Trump. Whenever appropriate, we attribute motives and actions across the Republican Party. The threat to American democracy that DCReport.org is chronicling is not just in the White House. It’s the entire Radical Republican right-wing apparatus that has grown up since the 1970s to take over 30-plus state governments, the U.S. Congress, the Supreme Court and other public and private institutions. If or when Trump is deposed, all of the rest of the vermin will still be here.
There, that’s saved you a lot of work. You know exactly how we think and how we operate. We challenge you to be as open about who you are, where you stand and what you believe.
If you’re feeling lucky and want to take us on, by all means, we’re up for it. As your patron saint Ronald Reagan once said: “Go ahead, make my day.”