President Trump landed yet another blow in his ongoing boxing match with the liberal media on Tuesday, opening the day with a tweet that attacked the press for continuing to cover his administration with an utter disregard for the facts.
“The Fake News Media is going CRAZY!” he wrote. “They are totally unhinged and in many ways, after witnessing firsthand the damage they do to so many innocent and decent people, I enjoy watching. In 7 years, when I am no longer in office, their ratings will dry up and they will be gone!”
As true as every bit of that remark happens to be – the media is absolutely digging their own grave with their obsessive hatred of this president – it doesn’t compare to the tweets Trump sent on Sunday. In a series of messages, Trump took the media to task for not only ruining journalism with their false, biased reporting but for revealing government secrets that put lives at risk.
“When the media – driven insane by their Trump Derangement Syndrome – reveals internal deliberations of our government, it truly puts the lives of many, not just journalists, at risk,” he wrote. “Very unpatriotic! Freedom of the press also comes with a responsibility to report the news accurately.
“90% of media coverage of my administration is negative,” he continued, “despite the tremendously positive results we are achieving, it’s no surprise that confidence in the media is at an all time low! I will not allow our great country to be sold out by anti-Trump haters in the dying newspaper industry. No matter how much they try to distract and cover it up, our country is making great progress under my leadership and I will never stop fighting for the American people!”
Trump’s attacks come in a week where we learned that he met with New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger earlier this month to discuss the fake news that the Gray Lady pumps out on a regular basis. Naturally, Sulzberger couldn’t wait to issue a statement of his own denying any culpability for the state of journalism these days and instead putting all of the blame on Trump with the claim that he is endangering journalists by calling the press the “enemy of the people.”
Fact is, though, when the media fails to exercise any responsibility for what it churns out – when it only exists to slander the president and his supporters – then it certainly does become the enemy of the people. When our democracy is shrouded in division and deception and the public has nowhere to turn for objective truth, that’s a huge problem. Not only does it perpetuate an unfair narrative of this president, it actually makes it impossible for reporters to hold this administration accountable in a real, working fashion. What would we even do if there was something seriously wrong? When everything is a scandal, nothing is.
For that reason and so many others, we really want the media to get its act together. Unfortunately, things seem to only be getting worse.