President Trump's War On The Media
President Trump's declaration of war on American media and press has its roots in Trump's core beliefs and fed by the campaign and its aftermath. Trump has seldom had a good relation with the press or media even before he became president because much of it was bad when things failed. Failure in his businesses or his personal life had made Trump very thin skinned to criticism. Even when the facts are true, he cannot accept and admit it was his fault. Of course, Trump claims the media is part of the sore loser Democratic party and supports any real news story when done properly.
But, Trump calls the media dishonest and liars because he does not like the facts of the story. We now know he loves the media. Instead of getting advice from his experts he has appointed he relies on conservative media outlets, namely Fox News. Unless they are conservative, all other media are left-wingers out to get Trump. These are CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS and others. When Trump cites facts that are wrong, he then claims that someone had provided him with them and he will look into it. Trump is embolden to go to war with the media and press. He seems to think that the 35-40% that are die-hard supporters did NOT win him the election but it was those 10-15% of the undecided that did. He seems to think that by continuing stating this propaganda of fake news and bias, America will believe him.
Only the fools that are die-hards for Trump will never believe he can lie and misrepresent the truth for they only care about jobs, as if Trump has a magic wand to create well paying jobs. Their hopes blind them. Trump is a false idol. He only cares about his Trump brand name and being continuously in the media headlines, despite him declaring war on them. If the facts the media tell the public is always fake and not real, why do all of them cite the same facts to a situation? Trump's war is about making the media cower to Trump's power and retribution by calling them out publicly. He wants to intimidate from the office of the presidency and therefore, control what and how facts are reported or spun. He wants them to only put Trump in good light.
When Trumps uses Fox News as absolute truth, using reports he saw, and then the report is not correct, does Trump attack Fox? No. He remains mute on the topic or later provides a clarification. Declaring war on 75% of the media is only smart to those 35% of his supporters. For everyone else, it is a stupid bravado thing to do. If anything, you want the media on your side most of the time because the media will cause so many issues he will not get much done.
The first reporter recently pointed out how Trump outright lied about how many electoral votes he won the election by. Trump said it had been "historic", greater than all others. When the reporter called Trump on this distortion, he blamed his staff for wrong information. Clearly, this pissed him off.
President Trump should expect more and more from reporters because this is not the first time he had lied or distorted the truth to make himself good. But, the media is angered enough to show disrespect now. The gloves are off. A brawl is just starting. Trump should take a lesson from the Nixon Watergate horror that saw the first U.S. president removed from office.