Donald Trump earned the description of “racist” from a number of political commentators after he praised Nazis and alt-right groups in Charlottesville, after one of them killed a peacefully protesting woman. Then, he started criticizing football players for kneeling at football games to peacefully protest police violence against blacks. Now, he has gone too far.
One of Melania Trump’s first projects was online bullying. That seemed like an odd choice, given how vicious her husband is in many of his tweets, but it is beginning to make sense. It is possible she knows all too well about that bullying herself.
CNN just took the high road, when it accused Donald Trump of online-bullying Don Lemon in an attack, calling the network’s popular host the “dumbest man on television.” Journalists have tough skins, but this went far beyond normal day-to-day criticism. It was racist, and it was bullying.
The New York Times wrote an unattractive profile of the person running the White House. It said Donald Trump watches between four and eight hours of cable news about himself every day.
‘Another false story, this time in the Failing @nytimes, that I watch 4-8 hours of television a day – Wrong! Also, I seldom, if ever, watch CNN or MSNBC, both which I consider Fake News. I never watch Don Lemon, who I once called the “dumbest man on television!” Bad reporting.’
A meme running around the internet said:
‘We never had Fake News before we had a Fake President.’
A CNN spokesperson gave a statement to The Hill that read:
‘In a world where bullies torment kids on social media to devastating effect on a regular basis with insults and name-calling, it is sad to see our president engaging in the very same behavior himself. Leaders should lead by example.’
The president gets his feelings hurt easily, which is strange for someone who seems to enjoy running around on the attack. Yet, Trump intentionally watches news shows that stoke up his anger and resentment, according to the New York Times.
CNN has not given 45 a pass when it comes to its fact-finding. Trump and a fair number of conservatives feel that the anchors and panelists refuse to give the administration an even chance. They also believe that CNN is trying to wound the president politically.
There is great danger in a president, even one with a favorable rating in the 30s, trying to destroy the press. Presidents have long disliked the media, but they also realize it is the fourth pillar that holds up the U.S. democracy. As painful as they can make life for any president, they are the necessary link between the people and the government. They hold it, and everyone within it, accountable, including Donald Trump.
FLOTUS famously said that when her husband feels that he has been hit, he hits back 10 times harder. The problem with that his feelings are not logical, nor are they rational.
A “Facts First” ad campaign that runs on CNN tries to get under the president’s skin. It refers to his administration as “untruthful and delusional.”
The press is not perfect, because humans write and edit what they write and say. CNN, NBC, and CBS claimed that there was direct evidence of collusion between the president’s campaign and Russia. CNN reported Donald Trump Jr. wanted Democratic emails that WikiLeaks had hacked, before the public saw them.
CNN corrected its article. Someone unaffiliated with WikiLeaks emailed the younger Trump about the published WikiLeaks emails. ABC suspended one of its top correspondents for incorrectly reporting that the president told his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn to contact the Russians.
Women who have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct are speaking out https://t.co/myLbWkDrRg
— Karen (@kyungkarenmend1) December 11, 2017
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