It’s a day that ends in -y while Donald Trump remains in the White House, and you know what that means — the president of the United States is railing on Twitter with gossip and conspiracy theories about his political opponents like this is all some big game or reality show and not a situation in which the basic security of untold numbers of people is at stake. This Tuesday afternoon, his target was CNN chief Jeff Zucker, who was the target of the latest melodramatic attempted “smear” operation from the discredited right-wing fringe site Project Veritas.
With no apparent evidence whatsoever, Trump suggested Zucker was rumored to be resigning soon, writing on Twitter:
‘Now that we have found out that @CNN is a virtual fraud, rumor has it that Jeff Zucker will be resigining momentarily?’
To be clear — the undercover video operation in question revealed such supposedly oh so heinous things like Zucker pushing CNN staff to focus on impeachment and more directly confront figures like Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who’s made a dramatic flip on impeachment since the Clinton days. Then, he railed about the supposed need to impeach Bill Clinton right away the moment he or one of his staff members lied or ignored a subpoena. Now, he can’t be bothered to even show concern when the president tries to get a foreign government to produce domestically useful political dirt on an opponent.
The “fraud” behavior that Trump’s flipping out about in the end simply constitutes the network focusing on actual stories that are actually happening. What are they supposed to do, ignore the fact that an impeachment investigation is proceeding in the House and seems likely to keep going for some time considering Trump’s addiction to belligerence? Are they supposed to ignore the spiraling nonsense figures like Graham spew left and right?
That’s not the way it works! Choosing to focus on something big doesn’t make the media a cabal of conspiring liars like Trump suggests just because he doesn’t like what they’re saying. He’s the one they’re reporting on.
Check out Twitter’s response…