It’s getting tiresome.
With actual foes and enemies of this country looking to do us harm, our head of state is concentrating his fire on the media. Russians have attacked our electoral system; North Koreans want to build nuclear bombs; Syrians are getting gassed by their government.
Donald Trump is fixated over reporting on his presidential administration.
He calls any negative press coverage “fake news.”
What’s more, it’s been revealed that he told CBS News’s Leslie Stahl that he continues the anti-media barrage to sow distrust among the public. If the media report negatively on the administration, Trump told Stahl, the public won’t believe them.
See? It’s part of the Trump strategy!
Those of us who toiled in the media are sickened by it. They are ashamed of the president who is assailing men and women who pledge to report the truth and do that very thing to the best of their ability.
Previous presidents of both parties have endured their share of media negativity. Do they declare war against the media? Do they accuse the media of being the “enemy of the American people”? Do they insist that “most” members of the media are “dishonest people”?
No. They recognize the media has a role to play, which is to hold public officials accountable.
Trump doesn’t get it. He doesn’t understand the media’s role in protecting this country.
He lies. He embellishes. He condemns the media. Constantly!