By Christopher “Flood the Drummer®” Norris
2.16.17: National– (Opinion/Politics): A common refrain from U.S. President Mr. Donald J. Trump is that the media is dishonest and their product, particularly the details within, is fake news. On Thursday, at a press conference, Mr. Trump repeated that assertion, and attempted during the more than hour-long spectacle to belittle journalists who were chosen on by him to pose a question.
Delegitimizing the media, which NBC News’ Mr. Chuck Todd on Thursday tweeted is un-American, has become a routine and cruel exercise for the free-spirited president, one which serves to diminish the credibility of the news media so that Mr. Trump’s rapid-fire lies have a greater probability of being accepted as truth in the court of public opinion, and so that reports on his unethical behavior can be dismissed by news consumers.
While Twitter serves as a great direct-to-consumer communication tool, it can’t fully replace the news media, which means Mr. Trump needs them both to effectively communicate with Americans. A less hostile relationship with Russia might make life easier for a U.S. President, but so would civil dealings with the news media, yet Mr. Trump, who ascended the American social ladder in large part due to journalism institutions, appears over-concerned with the former and uninterested in the latter.
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Mr. Trump can neither manage to say a bad thing about Russia’s Mr. Vladimir Putin nor a good thing about the American news media. The apparent lust for Mr. Putin juxtaposed with the loathing of journalists paints the portrait of a pseudo-patriot who would likely trample over the U.S. Constitution in order to be affirmed by a much more devilish counterpart.
The intense dislike Mr. Trump has for the news media – which to be fair is sometimes dishonest, other times completely wrong, but remains necessary – stems from, at least in part, the fact that their existence is meant to be a check on powers and the president believes his are sovereign. For a man who, like a broken record, repeats “America first,” he surely shows a complete disregard for the sustainability and longevity of one of the country’s most protected professions.
Silent and indifferent observers of Mr. Trump, particularly other politically-neutered Republicans who in the past were so concerned about anti-police language being shouted at protests, are complicit in the attempted destruction of the Fourth Estate. History will not remember these people well; history will remember their pseudo-patriotism; and history is unforgiving.
The attacks on the news media must stop. The cozying up, and flattery to, Russia must stop. For the good of the country, it must all stop now!
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