The constant lies, lies of omission, and half-truths on the part of Donald Trump and various members of his cabinet, are enemies of the American people. The failure of Trump and his staff to be transparent about his relationship with Russia, is the enemy of the American people. Trump’s insistence on running the country on a platform of hate and division, is the enemy of the American people. Trump’s failure to release his tax returns and be candid regarding his business dealings, are enemies of the American people.
When reporting honestly about the transgression of the Trump administration, the media is not the enemy of the American people. However, Donald Trump’s use of inflammatory and charged language show that he doesn’t see things that way. On Friday, Trump tweeted:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
Written like a war or fight decree, Trump’s tweet sounds highly threatening in nature. When given the opportunity to downplay the aggressiveness of the tweet, White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus did the exact opposite, instead fanning the blazing fire:
‘I think you should take it seriously. I think that the problem we’ve got is that we’re talking about bogus stories like the one in The New York Times, that we’ve had constant contact with Russian officials.’
One of many problems with Priebus’ claim is that to date, no one in the Trump administration has come forward with information that proves The New York Times story is false. Moreover, Trump himself has flip-flopped regarding his relationship with Vladimir Putin, previously acknowledging a relationship with the Russian leader, then later denying the same.
None of the above facts kept Priebus from getting quite high and mighty, almost indignit even, with CBS’ Face the Nation host John Dickerson. Priebus went on to assert:
‘So we spend, you know, 48 hours on bogus stories. And the American people suffer. So I do think it’s a problem. [The press] really needs to get its act together.’
The issue isn’t how factual the stories about Trump are, yet how favorable Trump and his staff see them.
Priebus also called attention to the media exercising its right to protect its sources, a best practice that feels like a non-negotiable given the toxic culture of fear and intimidation that the Trump administration has created. Priebus remarked:
‘I think that the media should stop with this unnamed source stuff, put names on a piece of paper and print it. If people aren’t willing to put their name next to a quote, then the quote shouldn’t be listed.’
To that end, Dickerson posted a tweet whereby Trump himself quoted an unnamed source when chastising former President Obama about his birth certificate:
Anonymous sources. https://t.co/oIPuZGzkvA
— John Dickerson (@jdickerson) February 19, 2017
There is a huge difference between not liking what’s reported about you and that information not being true. Donald Trump and his staff need to accept that.
Trump was all too excited to feed the press information about Hillary Clinton’s emails, keep that story running as long as he could and ultimately use it as hype that played a critical role in his win of the Electoral College. He must now own that the friend that helped get him elected, is the same entity that he has been so quick to cast as his “enemy.”
To see Priebus cry foul on Fact the Nation, click here.
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