Post #147: Fake News? Fake President!

The Donald Trump “way” is to shout foul any time he is criticized, for as we have discovered, this man is innately incapable of acknowledging error, much less apologizing.  The media are an easy target because Trump, like all presidents before him, knows that the power imbalance in his favor makes it very costly for the media to fight back when the president punches. Whereas Trump has no problem crossing the line in saying that the media “are among the most dishonest human beings on Earth,” the media—at least the mainstream media—respects the line.  Can you imagine the Washington Post calling Trump the most dishonest person on the planet—even though he certainly is?  (OK, he’s merely one of the most.)

Except that now many in the media are fighting back, actually calling a lie a lie.  And it’s obvious from Trump’s and his team’s responses that they have been hurt.  Note not only Trump’s silly, childlike charge of “fake news,” the now-familiar “you’re failing” (shades of Meryl Streep), and the lie about an apology.  Also note the time of his tweets—five o’clock in the morning, for goodness sake.  The Times and the Post are keeping him up at night!  Even after his alter ego, Steve Bannon, said the media should “keep its mouth shut and just listen for awhile.”

“The failing @nytimes has been wrong about me from the very beginning. Said I would lose the primaries, then the general election. FAKE NEWS!” (5:04 AM – 28 Jan 2017)

“The coverage about me in the @nytimes and the @washingtonpost has been so false and angry that the times actually apologized to its dwindling subscribers and readers. They got me wrong right from the beginning and still have not changed course, and never will. DISHONEST.” (5:16AM, 28 Jan 2017)

We should encourage a sharp response to a disrespectful president and dictatorial administration. In fact, I’d like to see the media issue a collective  message to Trump that upholds freedom of the press, recites the intrinsic importance of speaking truth to power in a democracy, and in the strongest possible language vows to resist any attempt to muzzle the media or any government agency.

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. You stole my exact words: fake news/fake president.

    The thing about Trump, however, (that some of the more “mature” folks on this Blog–like Mel and me) can’t fully appreciate because we are still Twitter-illiterate is that Mr. Faux President has discovered he can dump all over the mainstream media because he has found a way to replace it at $nil and with no editorial constraints, punctuation, or other dull conventions. If one wanted to be generous, the word “innovative” might spring to mind. But you didn’t hear that from me.

  2. Purposeful illiteracy “Trumps” even Twitter illiteracy. A high hurdle to overcome, but we’re definitely not giving up, with special thanks to you, Mel. Language is still obviously an effective force not to be ceded to those who so blatantly subvert it.

  3. Americans owe it to Democracy to remove forcefully from office anyone like Trump whose aim is to demean and destroy Democracy. We must stay ON his back and hit hard. – george beres

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