More Trump Attacks on the Press

More Trump Attacks on the Press July 31, 2018

Trump continued his reckless and irrational attacks on the news media by claiming that the press is putting many lives at risk by reporting on “internal deliberations” in the government over public policy, escalating his feud with the New York Times, whose publisher he invited to the White House and then went on a rampage against him.

Trump — who has made “fake news” a rallying cry and labeled journalists the “enemy of the people” — fired off a Twitter tirade Sunday afternoon from his New Jersey golf estate blasting the media for revealing internal government deliberations and for what he considers unfairly negative coverage of his presidency.

“When the media — driven insane by their Trump Derangement Syndrome — reveals internal deliberations of our government, it truly puts the lives of many, not just journalists, at risk! Very unpatriotic!” Trump wrote.

The president went on to say, “I will not allow our great country to be sold out by anti-Trump haters in the dying newspaper industry,” singling out the Times and The Washington Post for writing “bad stories even on very positive achievements.”

He presents not a shred of evidence for this accusation of putting lives at risk. The news media is careful not to report things like troop movements, but if someone leaks to a reporter that — oh let’s just say hypothetically — they’re about to implement a policy allowing corporations to pump more pollution into the air and water, who exactly is it that is putting lives in danger? And why on earth should they not report that? Indeed, what use would the press be if they didn’t try to report such things?

This is just standard Trump once again. Fact-free, logic-free accusations intended to silence his critics because he’s so convinced of his own perfection that he cannot stand even the slightest criticism. Ironically, it’s his followers who scream about snowflakes but they worship the biggest, orangest snowflake the world has ever known. He just wants a safe space where no one ever questions or criticizes him, where everyone recognizes his extraordinary genius and sings his praises on high every waking moment. This is narcissism to the 3rd power, fueled by an unshakable insecurity.

What Art Salzberger, publisher of the New York Times, told him at their White House meeting was that it is an incredibly dangerous thing to label the press as the “enemy of the people.” He rightly pointed out that this is rhetoric straight out of the Soviet gulags, in which many journalists were tortured and imprisoned. But that’s what Trump wants. He’s trying to intimidate the media to keep them docile and prevent them from doing their job.


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