Friday, July 13, 2018

tRump's Fake Presidency Is Growing Old Fast -- With Real Americans...

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Donald J. Trump has been identified as America's worst president -- Ever. And he proves it daily. See another of his attacks on the legitimate press. Which serves to again highlight his abject ignorance and anti Americanism.

President Trump’s penchant for diminishing the fourth estate didn’t wither on British soil. “Fake news,” he riffed at various points during a joint news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May — the better to shout down all the accurate reporting about his unhinged behavior and pronouncements about the United States and its most pivotal allies in the world.

Kristen Welker of NBC News asked the president if his fractious relationship with NATO allies provided the “upper hand” to Russian President Vladimir Putin for the upcoming summit in Helsinki. “See, that’s such dishonest reporting — of course it happens to be NBC, which is possibly worse than CNN,” Trump said. Then he boasted about his exploits with the NATO countries.

The slight aimed at CNN provided a toehold for CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta, who has jostled with the president and his emissaries in the past. He waited for a lull in the proceedings, and this exchange proceeded:

ACOSTA: Mr. President, since you attacked CNN, can I ask you a question?
TRUMP: John Roberts, go ahead.
ACOSTA: Can I ask you a question?
TRUMP: No, no. John Roberts, go ahead. CNN is fake news. I don’t take questions from CNN.
ACOSTA: Take a question …
TRUMP: John Roberts of Fox, let’s go to a real network.
ACOSTA: Well, we’re a real network, too, sir.


Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts then said, “Thank you, Mr. President” — essentially validating the president’s hostile, baseless, authoritarian, gratuitous slam on a group of peers. {SOURCE}

When will American so called conservatives wake up, open their eyes, and denounce their leader's constant illegitimate attacks on legitimate and credible news? The press is, and always has been the protector of American democracy.

We quote Thomas Jefferson --

"The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter."

And this -- "The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure." 

Trump is wrong, dead wrong. And he continues to weaken the institutions of our democratic republic in his push to move America towards an authoritarian oligarchy.

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