It’s no secret that President Donald J. Trump doesn’t like the media. Well, unless you happen to be one of the outlets that’s “nice” to him (stand up job, Fox News). While that little opening bit of sarcasm may elicit a mild chuckle of agreement from those that lean left, it should be understood that this all-out, volatile, vindictive verbal onslaught against the media is no laughing matter. Below is one of the president’s most recent salvos against the voice of the people:
And today, in response to Trump’s perpetual mischaracterization of the media as the “opposition party”, GOP Senator John McCain of Arizona, and frequent Trump critic, had this to say:
They (dictators) get started by suppressing free press, in other words, a consolidation of power — when you look at history, the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press,” McCain said. “And I’m not saying that President Trump is trying to be a dictator. I’m just saying we need to learn the lessons of history.
GOP Senator John McCain (AZ), Feb. 20, 2017
So speaking of history, let’s look at Trump’s. This is a man who built his business “empire” by bullying his competitors and betraying his allies, by conning the likes of the justice system. In many cases, he made money by not paying what he owed. And whenever that truth was revealed, he ferociously and mercilessly discredited those who dared to speak out against the wrong he’d done. And now, much to the bipartisan chagrin of many on capitol hill, he utilizes those same tactics as the leader of the free world (see terminations of Acting AG Sally Yates, Senior NSA Advisor Craig Deare & HUD aide Shermichael Singleton).
So let’s be honest: it’s one thing to disagree with a story; press archives are full of presidents who didn’t agree with how a particular story may have portrayed them or characterized their policies. But it’s another thing entirely for a sitting president to try and turn the whole of the citizenry against very institution meant to give the people its voice: the press. Only someone of totalitarian mindset and ambition would even think to wage such a deliberate and volatile war against the voice of all Americans. In reference to Trump’s hostile stance against the media, the great and legendary journalist Carl Bernstein said it best when he was recently quoted as saying:
The opposition is not the media; the opposition is becoming the truth.
-Carl Bernstein, Journalist & Author
‘Nuff Said …
Think Passionately. Disrupt Strategically.
-A. Lawrence Haskins
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