Sunday, 19 February 2017

Trump Declares: CNN, NYT, CBS, ABC And NBC Are “The Enemy of The American People”

Global Research, February 19, 2017
ZeroHedge 17 February 2017

If you thought yesterday’s press conference was “ranting and raving”, it appears President Trump just turned the anti-’Fake news’-media amplifier up to ’11′, declaring  CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS , The New York Times (yet not The Washington Post) as “enemies of the American people”.
The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes@NBCNews@ABC@CBS@CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!

Incidentally, this was the second tweet, after Trump removed the first version one, which some thought was deleted as it was just a little too “aggressive” but as it turned out, simply ommitted ABC and CBS.
Which begs the question, if the “media” is the enemy, what does that make its corporate owners?
As a reminder, Trump and chief White House strategist Steve Bannon have both referred to the media as the “opposition party.”
“The mainstream media has not fired or terminated anyone associated with following our campaign,” Mr. Bannon said. “Look at the Twitter feeds of those people: they were outright activists of the Clinton campaign.” (He did not name specific reporters or editors.) ”That’s why you have no power,” Mr. Bannon added. “You were humiliated.”
“You’re the opposition party,” Mr. Bannon said. “Not the Democratic Party. You’re the opposition party. The media’s the opposition party.”
And here was Trump yesterday.
Trump: I’m changing CNN from “fake news” to “very fake news.”
The media – which according to the president is now America’s enemy – had reactions, ranging from the shocked, to the defensive, to the conciliatory, to the bemused.
Only a FAKE PRESIDENT would declare the First Amendment to be the enemy of the American people. 
I would hope that our leaders would never believe that any American desires to make another American an enemy. Let’s dial it back.
I was on the fence about this, but how can journalists go to WHCA dinner and toast somebody who has branded them an “enemy” of the state?

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Trump attacks so-called “fake news” media and then deletes tweet. And here I thought we made progress yesterday. Sad.

An American president sworn to defend the Constitution wrote those words 
But seriously, all joking aside, this is an incredibly disturbing statement. 

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Written courtesy of Moscow. They sent to @realDonaldTrump this morning but it took a few hours to translate. 
They are on recess and for the first time in weeks out of our sight line 

Let’s be clear: “Enemy of the people” (враг народа) is pure Bolshevism. Trump is citing core Chekist slogans now. 
Journalists, our commitment to our craft and careers just became vital. Keep fighting the good fight.

This is how muzzling starts: not with a boot, but with the fear of one that runs so deep that you muzzle yourself. 
Rick Casey, the host of a weekly public affairs program on a small television station in Texas, recently fashioned a stinging commentary on remarks by Representative Lamar Smith that was pulled shortly before it was to air. The station later reversed itself.

In Trump Era, Censorship May Start in the Newsroom

A misfire at a PBS station showed how Trump administration attempts to intimidate the press could work, and how those attempts could be thwarted.
Chilling stuff from so-called “leader of the free world”.
I used to see this sort of comment from  regime when in Tehran. 

He’s lashing out because he knows it’s coming closer and closer. This is actually raw fear.
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