The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
I hope Epa will forgive me, because in a sense this post is a repeat of a portion of his post from earlier today.
When I read the President's counter-punch tweet, I was aghast. My view was that the media had COMPLETELY lost my faith and my trust to REPORT reality, but enemy of the people was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay over a line.
Especially from the president.
Like the moment Trump was so offensive towards McCain (who we can see in his comment OUTSIDE THE USA yesterday STILL takes it very personally) in what seems like archaeology, now. Over the line, right?
Except.....Except.... Except...Ok, so here are my thoughts:
1) The News Media is important. And, labeling the media "the enemy" really is the tactic of a Dictator who wants his followers to avoid information contrary to his agenda.
2) Much of the News Media has proven itself to be willing to bend the truth, and outright lie, to serve an agenda which serves the Left wing. For instance, I can not remember the last time a Republican Presidential candidate was not branded a "racist" by mainstream news media organizations. These same Mainstream news outlets hate Trump even more than any previous candidate, and they have clearly unleashed an anarchic ideological war against him, in which truth does not matter at all. They will look for the single little needle of irrationality in the haystack of truth claims in a Press Conference. And they will outright lie when it suits their campaign to delegitimize, and even unseat him.
So, here are my questions:
Is the media the Enemy?
Is it necessary to trust the media?
Has the media become an overpriced retailer of information, and should we just buy direct from the source?
UPDATE - When I say, "Buy direct from the source", I mean,
Should we just get our information directly from the Twitter feed of whatever politician is generating the story through his actions?
Oh, and by the way:
Poll: More voters trust White House to tell the truth than trust the media to do so