President Trump took to Twitter again this Thursday morning to scream about the media and how it’s supposedly out to get him.
It’s not immediately clear what, if any, acute trigger there is for this rant other than Trump’s general paranoia when it comes to issues of his public image. That’s certainly enough of an issue in of itself to warrant concern, seeing as the President is supposed to be concerning himself with, you know, being president, not with creating and occupying the office of “Media critic in chief.”
Trump’s latest anti-media screed is conventionally wild and outlandish.
He wrote, “The Fake News media is officially out of control. They will do or say anything in order to get attention — never been a time like this!”
The Fake News media is officially out of control. They will do or say anything in order to get attention – never been a time like this!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 4, 2017
He literally sounds like someone who is, quite frankly, much, much younger than him. After all, it’s not as though anything “official” has actually transpired regarding the level of “fakeness” at which the media supposedly operates. Trump is just making up stuff to say.
As has long been gone over but bears repeating, Trump’s attacks on the media constitute an attack on one of the basic things that makes America what it is — the freedom of the press.
What could explain Trump’s latest Twitter-spasm is the Wednesday testimony of FBI Director James Comey on issues of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Trump has suspiciously long maintained, in the face of mountains of evidence to the contrary, that Russia either didn’t meddle in the election or shouldn’t be held accountable for having meddled in the election.
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