A U.S. president should be smart enough to know that his words have consequences without having to be endlessly fact-checked. With Trump at the helm, that’s no longer the case.
CNN has recently exposed the horrific slave trade currently taking place in Libya.
Though the Libyan slave trade has unfortunately been going on for a while, CNN’s graphic coverage of the atrocity has brought the human rights issue to the forefront of the international news. In response to CNN’s coverage, The Libyan Observer issued the following statement:
‘The Libyan-American Friendship Association (LAFA) deplored on Saturday claims of slave markets in Libya after a report broadcasted by the CNN. In a statement, the association warned of the serious consequences that would result from accusing Libya of this phenomenon, bearing in mind that this could lead to a harmful foreign interference in Libya’s affairs, according to the Libyan News Agency. The association pointed out that broadcasting such reports may cause strong reactions and fuel public opinion on local and global scales, renewing its commitment to work on developing the friendship and cooperation between Libya and the United States, according to the Agency.’
But The Libyan Observer is not alone in their disapproval of the news network. Trump tweeted an attack on CNN several days go, saying that the network does a bad job at representing the world.
However, what makes Donald Trump’s attacks on CNN so much more detrimental is that some are using his invalidation of the news network to support a claim that CNN’s coverage of the slave trade is aimed at facilitating some hidden political objective. Unfortunately, this assertion takes attention away from the tragedy at hand, and discredits the horrific experiences of countless people who have endured, and continue to endure the slave trade. In this way, Donald Trump’s attacks on CNN have a significantly negative impact on the movement to rescue African slaves.
Libya’s 218TV, referenced Trump’s Tweets before actually questioning the authenticity of CNN’s reports, asking if CNN may be lying about what they say is happening in Libya. According to the story from Libya’s 218TV:
‘the possibility arises that the channel has published the report of slavery in Libya to raise a political objective that is still hidden.’
What’s scariest about this excerpt from the article is that it proves that international communities may take Trump’s word for what it is. In this case, Trump’s criticism of CNN has actually led a portion of the Libyan media to become suspicious about CNN’s intent behind covering the slave trade. What this means is that Donald Trump has the the ability to, with a single Tweet, put the lives of countless African slaves in danger, by discrediting the very news outlet intent upon bring their horrific stories to light.
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