Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) said recently that dictators get started when the government begins to criticize the media’s coverage of the news, specifically news that isn’t in favor of the government. I agree with him on that account, the media and the government attacking each other is one way that dictators get started and a way that they maintain power. For example, the Russian communist leader Vladimir Lenin criticized the coverage of his government in the news. Now, I don’t think President Trump is trying to consolidate his power over the news media and I’m not saying this is the beginning of the dictatorship, but what I am saying is that criticizing the media is something an autocrat would do and it is something that Trump does.
The news media covers Trump differently than they do other political figures, but that doesn’t mean that they are trying to ‘dethrone’ him. They cover him harshly, and I think that’s fair. Trump is a president who lies compulsively, all the time. And so I ask you readers, if we as Americans can’t trust our president, who can we trust?
The first amendment reads the following.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances
The government shall not abridge the freedom of speech or of the press. Now, Donald Trump certainly has not proposed any law that would limit the freedom of the press ,but he has certainly criticized the press for their coverage of him. He is and for a long time has been in a position of power, his words carry weight. When he calls CNN fake news, people listen. People around the world listen. Do we want Theresa May scrolling through her Twitter feed and finding that the President of the United States is calling the media in his country fake news and untrustworthy? I think not.
The FAKE NEWS media (failing
@nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!-@realdonaldtrump Twitter