Donald Trump’s anti-media button pushing antics could be comical, if it weren’t for serious matters like nuclear buttons.
‘Nobody hates the media worse than me’?
Trump should love the US mainstream media, because they more than anything gave him the exposure he needed to win the presidency. Negative was good, even great. It fed his campaign.
But as President he is continuing and even escalating attacks on media now that he doesn’t want negative press. Or is using them as a diversion from what he and the Whiter House are trying to do.
He has established two big bogeys, Muslims and media. I wonder what he thinks of Al Jazeera.
Politico: Trump escalates his feud with the media
President Donald Trump fired the latest shot in his self-proclaimed war with the media Friday, doubling down on his declaration that the press is an “enemy of the American people.”
“I want you all to know that we are fighting the fake news. It’s fake, phony, fake,” Trump said in his remarks at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. “A few days ago, I called the fake news ‘the enemy of the people,’ and they are. They are the enemy of the people. Because they have no sources. They just make them up when there are none.”
This appears to be a deliberate strategy of telling Americans to only believe his crap and to disbelieve anyone else’s crap. This is working with his supporters, who seem to be under some sort of ‘Donald can do no wrong’ spell.
But with his RCP average approval rating at 445 compared to disapproval at 49.8 it seems that he can suck in less than half the people at this time.
He condemned the use of anonymous sources, which he claimed without evidence were fake accounts drummed up by an industry with its own agenda that everyday Americans must fight against. He ominously vowed to “do something about it.”
Trump cited polls conducted by CNN, CBS, ABC and NBC News over the past two years that signaled that he wouldn’t prevail in the presidential election as evidence of the media conspiring to create “a whole false deal” to suppress GOP voter turnout.
Except that media actually gave his campaign the coverage it needed.
Reporters, he said, are very smart, very cunning and very dishonest people who cry “First Amendment” when their stories are criticized, or, in the president’s word, “exposed.”
That’s very dishonest but that’s the irony of Donald Trump – it’s a standard tactic to accuse others of what he is. Bannon and Breitbart have done it. Slater and associates have done it. It’s one of the top strategies from their play book.
“I love the First Amendment. Nobody loves it better than me. Nobody,” Trump said. “I mean, who uses it more than I do”
Nobody does bullshit better than Trump.
But the First Amendment gives all of us — it gives it to me, it gives it you, it gives it to all Americans — the right to speak our minds freely. It gives you the right and me the right to criticize fake news and criticize it strongly.”
“As you saw throughout the entire campaign, and even now, the fake news doesn’t tell the truth. Doesn’t tell the truth,” he continued. “I say it doesn’t represent the people. It never will represent the people. And we’re gonna do something about it, because we have to go out and we have to speak our minds, and we have to be honest.”
Well, that would be a change then. But I don’t expect the smoke and mirrors and fire and brimstone to abate.
Trump, in his address before CPAC, didn’t directly address the allegations, but he did voice his opposition to “people that make up stories and make up sources.”
“They shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name,” he said of the media. “Let their name be put out there. Let their name be put out.”
Trump sarcastically stated, “A source says that Donald Trump is a horrible, horrible human being.”
“Let them say it to my face. Let there be no more sources,” he added. “They are very dishonest people. And they shouldn’t use sources. They should put the name of the person. You will see stories dry up like you’ve never seen before.”
Politics without ‘sources’, political media without sources would be gutted. Of course anonymous leaks can be misused and abused, and often are, but the alternative is far worse.
Trump appears to be trying to be building another wall, a wall of silence around the White House which only allows himself and his apparatchiks to trumpet from the parapets.
This would be Emperor has clothes, but it’s easy to see what’s beneath the ruffles and rhetoric. Easy for those who haven’t been sucked in by his spell.
“There are no nine people. I don’t believe there was one or two people,” Trump said. He provided no evidence to refute the Post’s account but suggested he has insight because he knows the sources.”
So he doesn’t want others to use anonymous sources but ‘the people’ should accept his anonymous sources without question? A typical Trump double standard.
“Nine people,” he continued. “And I said, ‘Give me a break,’ because I know the people. I know who they talk to. There were no nine people. But they say nine people. And somebody reads it and they think, ‘Oh, nine people, they have nine sources.’ They make up sources. They’re very dishonest people.”
This is all trivial, pathetic bullshit. But it’s Trump.
Is he knowingly trying to play the people like this? Or is he being used as a comical diversion while the real power is built and wielded?
It would be comical if there wasn’t so much at stake, for the world. This is the person who said:
“I am the first one that would like to see … nobody have nukes, but we’re never going to fall behind any country even if it’s a friendly country, we’re never going to fall behind on nuclear power.
“It would be wonderful, a dream would be that no country would have nukes, but if countries are going to have nukes, we’re going to be at the top of the pack”.
It turned out that Comical Ali and Saddam Hussein didn’t have the weapons of mass destruction as claimed by another US president.
This president does have weapons of mass destruction far greater than are needed to obliterate the world. And while he pushes the media’s buttons as a diversion, the real risks are not a laughing matter.