President Trump has been attacking the media since before he was even elected, and it is becoming clearer that Trump is inciting an all-out war on the media while basically shredding the Constitution in the process. Trump’s latest attacks have been on CNN, but the network and other journalists are fighting back.
On Monday, Trump brazenly tweeted:
‘We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favourite President (me). They are all bad. Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!’
Then, he took it a step further, tweeting:
‘@FoxNews is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN, but outside of the U.S., CNN International is still a major source of (Fake) news, and they represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly. The outside world does not see the truth from them!’
This time, though, CNN’s public relations team responded with a slap in the face:
‘It’s not CNN’s job to represent the U.S. to the world. That’s yours. Our job is to report the news. #FactsFirst’
People have had enough of Trump’s hogwash and insanity including Academy award winner, Tom Hanks. Hanks is sounding off on how Trump’s tweets and actions related to the media equal destruction of the Constitution.
In an interview with CNN’s David Axelrod on “The Axe Files,” he said:
‘As an American it concerns me, because it’s monkeying around with our Constitution.’
‘You are entitled to your own opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts. They’re throwing dirt and oil into a bucket of water, so that it all becomes undrinkable after a while.’
Hanks accused Trump of muddying facts and shaking the public’s confidence in long-standing institutions especially the media. Trump cannot handle any criticism of how the outlets cover his administration and feels that he is treated unfairly by the press, so he fights back usually on Twitter calling them “fake news.”
Hanks explained that Trump’s frequent lies are calling the media’s credibility into question. Trump may not be trying to shutdown the news networks outright, but he is certainly leveling hard attempts at discrediting them. He is obscuring the facts.
‘I don’t know that they’re saying we have to shut them down so they don’t publish anymore. What is happening is something that is more subtle and more insidious and I think has more fingerprints from other … governments in the past.’
The well-liked A-list actor is starring in the upcoming film called “The Post” with actress Meryl Streep. “The Post” is directed by Steven Spielberg and parallels today’s political situation in many ways. The New York Times writes:
‘”The Post” may look like a period-piece, as it dramatizes how the 1971 publication of the leaked Pentagon papers exposed government efforts to mislead the public about the Vietnam War. But the first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s film indicates that this is a story as relevant as today’s headlines.’
In the film, Washington Post editor Bill Bradlee (Tom Hanks) asks his publisher, Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep):
‘If we don’t hold them accountable, who will?’
‘We can’t hold them accountable if we don’t have a paper.’
Twitter seemed to appreciate Hanks’ appearance on Axelrod’s show as well:
Featured image is a screenshot from The Axe Files via YouTube