President Trump continues to showcase his personal vendetta against the media through basically his every move. Such is a shame really, since he got elected to the office of the President of the United States and not that of Media Critic in Chief.
Nonetheless, Trump continued his assault on the freedom of the press in an almost stupidly angry Friday Facebook post, railing against the mainstream media networks for not running the crackpot ad that his campaign committee produced on the occasion of his first 100 days in office.
The post includes a rather crude, Newsmax style video where around 37 seconds elapses of nothing more than text flashing on the screen.
The video text says:
‘In chilling precedent against free speech, all mainstream media [is] censoring the President of the United States, blocking first 100 days ad, only supporting free speech when it serves THEIR views. Stand up for your President. FIGHT the MEDIA BIAS.’
That video post is, quite simply, a startlingly dangerous piece of propaganda. For the President of the United States to use these easily discernible psychological tactics to rile up his supporters to “fight” against the media is quite simply unheard of in modern mainstream American politics.
At the point in the text where the video references the media, a selection of the logos for four prominent news outlets appears on the screen. Those news outlets are CNN, NBC, CBS, and ABC.
The video is captioned with a text reading: “The totally biased media will only support free speech when it serves THEIR views. Very sad that the media chooses to put their political opinions above the American people!”
A linked statement from Eric Trump’s wife Lara reads, “This is supposed to be a free society. We have freedom of speech. The fact that this ad is not being shown on CNN, on NBC, on CBS, on news networks who have a duty to report to the public the facts… is really, really ridiculous to me.”
The Trump campaign has already attacked CNN for not airing the ad, with the network quickly firing back that they wouldn’t air it because it contains the false assertion that most, if not all, mainstream media peddles nothing but fake news.
Most of what the ad has in it in terms of actual, substantive information is ultimately irrelevant, such as the note that Trump got a Supreme Court Justice through confirmation and onto the bench in his first 100 days in office. Only a tiny handful of presidents have even faced a Supreme Court vacancy at this point in their presidency in the last 200 years.
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