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Jack Shafer is an American journalist who writes about media for Politico. Prior to joining Politico, he worked for Reuters and also edited and wrote the column “Press Box” for Slate, an online magazine. Before his stay at Slate, Shafer edited two city weeklies,…

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Jack Shafer Biography

Jack Shafer (born November 14, 1957) is an American journalist who writes about media for Politico. Prior to joining Politico, he worked for Reuters and also edited and wrote the column “Press Box” for Slate, an online magazine. Before his stay at Slate, Shafer edited two city weeklies, Washington City Paper, and SF Weekly.

Much of Shafer’s writing focuses on what he sees as a lack of precision and rigor in reporting by the mainstream media, which he says “thinks its duty is to keep you cowering in fright.” One frequent topic is media coverage of the War on Drugs.

Jack Shafer Age

Jack Shafer is an American journalist who writes about media for Politico. Prior to joining Politico, he worked for Reuters and also edited and wrote the column “Press Box” for Slate, an online magazine. Before his stay at Slate, Shafer edited two city weeklies, Washington City Paper, and SF Weekly. He was born on November 14, 1957. He is 6i years old as of 2018

Jack Shafer Monkeyfishing scandal

Shafer was an editor when Jay Forman, a reporter at Slate, wrote an article titled “Monkeyfishing” about a supposed underground sport in which fruit is used to fish for monkeys on an isolated Florida Key. It was exposed as a hoax after the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and bloggers picked the piece apart.

According to Shafer, Forman admitted to him in February 2007 that he had concocted the entire story, that he had never visited the island, and that he was sorry for betraying Slate’s trust.

In an article about “journalists who got caught embellishing, exaggerating, and outright lying in print”, Shafer wrote: “When Forman […] turned in a first, flat draft about his Florida Keys adventure, I encouraged him through several rewrites to add more writerly detail to increase the piece’s verisimilitude.

Forman complied, inventing numerous twists to the tale […] The lesson I learned isn’t to refrain from asking writers for detail but to be skeptical about details that sound too good or that you had to push too hard to get the writer to uncover or that are suspicious simply because any writer worth his salt would have put them in his first draft. All that said, it’s almost impossible for an editor to beat a good liar every time out.”

Commenting on other journalism scandals in the same article, Shafer wrote that many made-up stories and parts of stories seem to be perpetrated by reporters who don’t have the skills to do what they’re assigned.

Jack Shafer Libertarianism

Shafer has written supportively of libertarianism. He wrote, “Traditionally, the state censors and marginalizes voices while private businesses tend to remain tolerant.”

In 2000, he explained his political views as follows: “I agree with the Libertarian Party platform: much smaller government, much lower taxes, an end to income redistribution, repeal of the drug laws, fewer gun laws, a dismantled welfare state, an end to corporate subsidies, First Amendment absolutism, a scaled-back warfare state. (You get the idea.)”

Jack Shafer’s Journalism Career

Shafer is an American journalist who writes about media for Politico. In addition to joining Politico, he served for Reuters and also edited and wrote the column Press Box for Slate, an online magazine. Prior to Slate, he edited two city weeklies, Washington City Paper, and SF weekly.

Much of his writing focuses on what he sees as a lack of precision and rigor in reporting by the mainstream media and says, ” thinks its duty is to keep you cowering in fright”. Similarly, Jack has written supportively of libertarianism and wrote, “Traditionally, the state censors and marginalizes voices while private business tends to remain tolerant”.

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Jack Shafer Wife

Unlike any other Journalists, Jack Shafer has kept his personal life away from the media. However, the star is a married man and lives a delightful life with his spouse. The proper identity of his wife is also far from the media.

There are no further details about when Jack Shafer marriage. Although they are married for decades, the duo still shares a good bond with each other. We must say, the journalist has maintained a good balance between his profession as well as personal life.

Jack Shafer Net Worth

How Much Is Jack Shafer’s Net Worth & Salary? (House)
Jack Shafer has a net worth of around $500 thousand as of 2019. Jack has mostly accumulated wealth throughout his successful journalism profession. Unlike any other television celebrity or journalist, Jack hasn’t revealed the details about his salary to the media. He loves to be recognized by his works rather than by his other personal details.

As like as his salary, Shafer is yet to reveal the information about his houses and cars. However, there is no doubt that Shafer must be living in a million dollars house. Well, the average salary of an American journalist is $39,644 per year. Being one of the prominent journalists, Jack might have earned more than the estimated salary.

Jack Shafer Trump

Trump’s American Emperor Moment
The cloaking of the U.S.S. John S. McCain made official what Trump has been signaling for his whole term.

t matters little whether orders to hide the U.S.S. John S. McCain from President Donald Trump’s sight during his U.S. Navy base visit came directly from Trump or, as acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney would have it, they were issued by a “23- or 24-year-old person” on the White House advance team looking to shield the touchy president from any reference to McCain, his political nemesis. Either way, Trump has gotten the U.S. military to pay him the deference a king expects.

Trump has steadily erased the boundaries that separate the military from politics. Last Thanksgiving, during a holiday phone call with troops, he browbeat the unfortunate servicepeople on the other end of the line with his views on migrants, trade, and judges.

In a December visit to troops in Iraq and Germany, he broke the standard rules prohibiting the politicizing of the military by giving overtly political speeches. In May, the Daily Caller reported his plans to invoke the Insurrection Act, which would allow troops to perform police work on the border.

Pentagon press briefings, once at least a weekly occurrence, haven’t been held for more than a year. Why? Senior officials tell CNN’s Barbara Starr that “televised briefings stopped because of worries that TV watcher-in-chief, President Trump, would get angry if he saw something he didn’t like.”

Many voters and pundits sleep easier at night by telling themselves this is just Trump being Trump, an outsider who doesn’t restrain his ego within the usual lines. But these are an authoritarian’s moves. They aren’t restricted to the soldiers and sailors under his direct command.

He has also feted America’s other armed responders, like sheriffs and police chiefs, with pandering speeches that invite cops to crack heads if they feel like it. In a July 2017 speech at Suffolk County Community College before a backdrop of uniformed police officers standing in formation, Trump claimed that “the laws are so horrendously stacked against us because for years and years they’ve been made to protect the criminal.”

Who is that “us”? Trump was never a cop, but his use of the plural pronoun is deliberate—he encourages the police to identify with him, directly and personally, and not with the chain of command or the laws that are supposed to govern their behavior.

Addressing a group of sheriffs last September, he portrayed the police as disrespected and defamed—the way he views himself—saying, “We will not tolerate smears, or slanders, or assaults on those who wear the badge and police our streets.” Speaking over the chain of command to soldiers and police, El Jefe style, he fashions himself the final authority on the use of force.

In an April visit to the Mexican border, he personally directed members of the U.S. Border Patrol to block migrants from entering the country and to ignore any judge who might contradict him, and he lamented the fact the military can’t get tougher on the border.

The stop-worrying-so-much crowd isn’t wrong that Trump is play-acting—populist style—for his political base, and that he has no intention to go full- or even partial-authoritarian on the nation by suddenly summoning his most loyal troops and police to his cause.

But the precedent matters, and he’s increasing the chances of a more competent, future executive who might build on Trump’s personal cultivation of the military and police to behave more like an emperor than a president.

So far, Trump hasn’t co-opted the military as much as he’s cowed it. Since becoming president, he’s routinely injected politics into his speeches and appearances at military bases. “We had a wonderful election, didn’t we?” he said at MacDill Air Force Base in February 2017.

“And I saw those numbers, and you liked me and I liked you.” In the early months of his presidency, he tinseled the higher levels of his administration with military brass—H.R. McMaster, John Kelly, James Mattis, and Michael Flynn—calling them “my generals,” as if they were his possessions. The hiring spree failed, though, because Trump wanted only the style, not the discipline of the military way.

Even so, the only direct resistance the military has paid Trump has been passive: Earlier this year, senior uniformed and civilian Defense Department personnel sat on their hands when he criticized Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the “radical left” in a campaign-style harangue.

Not until the U.S.S. McCain incident did the military finally protest Trump’s politicization attempt, but then only in a weak-kneed, bureaucratic fashion as acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan directed his chief of staff to tell the White House to cool it. The only consistent criticism from the military establishment of Trump political shenanigans has come from retired military personnel.

Not every department of lethal force has bowed to the president. The FBI and the intelligence community, more often targets of Trump’s bile than of his fawning and flattery, stand out as exceptions. But he still strives to make the G-men and spooks his captives.

He recently gave Attorney General William Barr unprecedented powers to declassify intelligence connected to the Russia probe that critics might end up politicizing intelligence and law enforcement. And just this week, he finalized plans to turn Independence Day on the National Mall, long an apolitical expression of the love of country, into his own “A Salute to America” celebration.

Trump isn’t the first president to attempt to bend the military and police to him. John F. Kennedy appointed his brother Robert to the office of the attorney general to get better control over federal law enforcement.

Richard M. Nixon founded an entirely new law enforcement branch, the Drug Enforcement Administration, from which he extracted extraordinary loyalty. But no president has injected politics into official agencies of force as Trump has.

In so doing, Trump has already sketched out how an American emperor would behave. Earlier this year in an interview, Trump warned “the left” it could expect extralegal violence from his best-armed supporters if it steps out of line.

“I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump—I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough—until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad,” he said.

Soldiers, cops, and bikers getting tough on “the left” in the name of their president. Chew on that image for a moment.

Ordering a destroyer moved from its berth so the maximum leader won’t have to think about a dead political foe sounds like a scene out of The Death of Stalin. What movie does it conjure for you? Send email to Shafer.Politico@gmail.com. My email alerts watch Dr. Strangelove once a year. My Twitter feed rescreens The Thick of It. My RSS feed will watch no movie except Detour.

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