3 thoughts on “Trump’s view of a Free Press

  1. Ministry of Truth says:

    During the daily White House press briefing today CBS News’ Chip Reid asked White House press secretary Sarah Sanders about a factual inaccuracy in White House chief of staff and retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly’s attack on Florida Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson on Thursday. Here’s how Sanders responded:
    “If you want to go after General Kelly, that is up to you. If you want to get into a debate with a four-star Marine general, I think that is something highly inappropriate.”
    Just in case you don’t get what Sanders is suggesting, it’s something like this: General Kelly is a highly decorated soldier. As such, questioning things that he says is “highly inappropriate.”
    http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/20/politics/sarah-sanders-john-kelly-press/index.html
    October 20, 2017 Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders (official transcript): https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/10/20/press-briefing-press-secretary-sarah-sanders

  2. große Lüge says:

    Donald Trump celebrated Sunday that his campaign to delegitimize the free press is working.
    The president touted a Politico-Morning Consult poll published last week that found 46 percent of registered voters believe major news organizations fabricate stories about him. Just 37 percent of Americans think the mainstream media does not invent stories, while the rest are undecided. More than 3 in 4 Republicans believe reporters make up stories about Trump.
    “It is finally sinking through,” the president tweeted. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/10/23/daily-202-the-corrosion-of-support-for-first-amendment-principles-started-before-trump-he-s-supercharged-it/59ed49b130fb045cba000926/
    See also “The Big Lie pays off: Trump voters believe fake news (about the news being fake)
    Nearly half the public believes the media makes up stories about Trump — and the media is partly to blame for that” https://www.salon.com/2017/10/19/the-big-lie-pays-off-trump-voters-believe-fake-news-about-the-news-being-fake/ “…if nearly half the country believes the fake news that the news is fake, and the other half is being gaslit, we have a bigger problem on our hands than Donald Trump. It means we’re losing our grip on reality itself. This has happened before in history and it didn’t end well. That’s why it’s important to keep your eyes focused and your ears open to what is happening, even if it makes you feel crazy. You’re not.”

  3. Edward R says:

    “The Federal Communications Commission will vote next month to eliminate a decades-old rule designed to preserve media diversity in local markets, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Wednesday.
    The move is aimed at supporting economically struggling media outlets in an age of digital consumption. But critics say it will lead to greater media consolidation and the loss of independent voices.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/10/25/the-fcc-plans-to-roll-back-some-of-its-biggest-rules-against-media-consolidation/
    Also: “The FCC on Tuesday voted to eliminate a rule that required broadcast station groups to maintain a physical presence in the community of their primary local coverage area, a move that critics say will help media companies further consolidate their operations and even be a boost to the ambitions of Sinclair Broadcast Group.” http://variety.com/2017/biz/news/fcc-main-studio-rule-ajit-pai-sinclair-1202597651/
    “Ready for Trump TV? Inside Sinclair Broadcasting’s Plot to Take Over Your Local News
    Its mix of terrorism alerts, right-wing commentary, and “classic propaganda” could soon reach three-quarters of US households.” http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/10/ready-for-trump-tv-inside-sinclair-broadcastings-plot-to-take-over-your-local-news/

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