Ah, American Pravda, we can always count on you to bring sniveling acquiescence to this administration’s bad behavior to dizzying heights.
And by “American Pravda,” if you haven’t been keeping up, I’m talking about that pit of journalistic malpractice and alt-right fever dreams, Fox News.
Sure, they do great in the ratings, but that’s much less an indicator of the quality of actual journalism going on, than it is a testimony to the large numbers of American viewers who either reject integrity in their news reporting or who can’t find the TV remote.
The awful isn’t even reserved for simply the opinion shows – Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, or the premiere Trump bootlicks, Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro.
Even Fox Business is saddled with a vast array of MAGA drones.
The “Fox and Friends” morning crew, however, share a particularly parasitic relationship with the Commander-in-Chief, where he feeds off of their adoration, just as surely as they feed off of his attention.
So earlier, we discussed a president who lies, admits he’s a liar, and doesn’t seem to see that as a bad thing, because, after all, it got him to the White House.
Think about it: He knows he lies and doesn’t care. It’s deliberate, because it serves his interests, not the interests of the nation.
He also has been in full attack mode against the press from Day One.
He regularly attacks the media as “the enemy of the people” on his Twitter account, as well as at his numerous rallies, whipping his rabid base into a frenzy.
Even after one of his acolytes sent a potentially explosive device to CNN (as well as other perceived political enemies), Trump refuses to tone down his rhetoric, because, again, his base eats it up and he believes it helps him to create enemies to hate – whether it’s media or immigrants.
Decent people are disgusted by this.
The “Fox and Friends” crew are making excuses for it.
In an Axios interview, when asked about his characterization of the media, Trump said that was how he “fought back.”
Given that he’s proudly announced himself to be a Nationalist, and given that other Nationalists in history also referred to the media as “enemy of the people,” as well, it would be really easy to make the comparison and it not be hyperbole.
But, again, it was A-OK with the “Fox and Friends” crew.
“Clearly what he doesn’t like, is he does not like stories that he feels are not fair to what he is doing,” co-host Steve Doocy observed.
Even Obama and Nixon, however, wouldn’t dream of labeling the press as “enemies” and encouraging their supporters to attack the media.
Doocy pointed out that Axios co-founder Jim VandeHei pressed Trump on the possibility that his heated rhetoric could incite violence.
Ainsley Earhardt cut in: “How frustrating would it be if you are the president of the United States and every single time you turn on the TV on most of the channels they are misconstruing what you say?”
I don’t think that word – misconstruing – means what you think it means.
“You know your heart and you know your words and your voice and you watch what other people report on what you say and it’s completely different than what you mean,” Earhardt continued. “That has to be frustrating. That’s why he is calling it fake news.”
Except it’s not “fake.” That he’s not happy with them reporting exactly what he says and then reporting on it is not reason enough for him to label them as enemies to the American people. They’re just doing their jobs.
Maybe you should try it.
“He’s saying if you don’t want to be called the enemy, then get the story right, be accurate and report the story the way I want it reported,” she added.
The way I want it reported.
Yeah. That’s especially not their job. That’s the job of propagandists.
What he wants is a North Korea-styled media that starts each day with songs of praise to “Dear Leader,” and in the face of every fact, only praises him.
Like Fox News does.
“I think that’s a good point,” Brian Kilmeade said. Kilmeade then recalled the Bernie Sanders fan who shot Rep. Steve Scalise at the GOP congressional baseball practice.
And that was awful, and proof that neither side of the political aisle can claim to be squeaky clean, but let’s not get it twisted.
We have a president that is openly hostile to our press, and we have at least one news agency out there acting as blatant propagandist.
This is to the detriment of our nation. It does not help us.