Trump cries fake again, threatens media

Donald Trump has both used and abused the media for a long time. However his latest attacks are getting crankier and more disturbing. Recent tweets:

Fake @NBCNews made up a story that I wanted a “tenfold” increase in our U.S. nuclear arsenal. Pure fiction, made up to demean. NBC = CNN!

With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!

Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked. Not fair to public!

Trump is even being slammed on Fox News.

Joe Scarborough said Trump was “channeling Chairman Mao and Joseph Stalin by calling the media ‘enemy of the people.'”

He said that Trump’s criticism of the press’ right to free speech is possible the most “disgusting” and “frightening” thing the president has ever said.

“It’s an attack on the media to be sure, but more profoundly, it’s an attack on the First Amendment,” Mark Halperin said.

Willie Geist described Trump’s behavior as “Authoritarianism 101.”

“You delegitimize the press, you delegitimize your opponents, and then you try to destroy them,” Geist said. “He’s saying to people who support him and to the American people, ‘Don’t believe your eyes and your ears when it comes to things that criticize me. Don’t believe what you’re seeing. Fake news! Fake news! Fake news!'”

Trump has a right to challenge news he doesn’t think is accurate.

Also on Fox:  Trump and Mattis team up to refute NBC nuke report, blast ‘disgusting’ press

President Trump and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on Wednesday publicly refuted an NBC News report that claimed the commander-in-chief wanted to drastically increase the U.S. nuclear arsenal, with Trump calling the press “disgusting.”

Trump slammed the NBC report that said he sought a “nearly tenfold increase” in the nuclear arsenal during a summer meeting.

“Frankly, it’s disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write and people should look into it,” Trump told reporters. “I never discussed increasing [the nuclear arsenal]. That is fake news by NBC, which gives a lot of fake news recently.”

Trump added that he only wants “modernization” and “rehabilitation” of the stockpile.

“It’s got to be in tip-top shape,” Trump said. “I know the capability we have, and it is awesome. It is massive.”

Trump continued to slam the press for allegedly making up sources. “There are no sources,” he claimed.

I don’t believe there are no sources, there is no evidence that media make up stories from nothing.

Inaccurate information or deliberate information are possibilities.

Mattis issued a brief statement shortly afterward saying: “Recent reports that the President called for an increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal are absolutely false. This kind of erroneous reporting is irresponsible.”

Perhaps it is erroneous, and if so then it’s irresponsible.

But Trump himself is often erroneous and irresponsible.

And it is irresponsible of Trump to theaten to revoke broadcasting licenses when he doesn’t like the messages they broadcast.

Calling ‘fake news!’ whenever he doesn’t like something that is said is putting whatever credibility Trump might have at risk.

It may reinforce some of his base that information can be supported as true no matter how outlandish and conspiratorial it is (and Trump is known to stoke conspiracies), and dismissed as fake if you don’t like it.

But there is a real risk that an increasing number of people will simply roll their eyes and dismiss Trump when he cries fake.

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73% want US election inquiry v Russia

A clear majority of Americans want an independent, non-partisan commission instead of Congress to investigate Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

NBC News: 73% Back Independent Probe of Russian Election Interference

Seventy-three percent of respondents prefer the independent investigation, versus 16 percent who pick Congress.

Still, a majority of Americans — 54 percent — believe that Congress should investigate whether there was contact between the Russian government and the Trump campaign, which is essentially unchanged from February’s NBC/WSJ poll.

That’s clear majorities for all but Republicans.

The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted April 17-20 of 900 adults, including more than 400 who were reached via cell phone. The poll has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.3 percentage points.