Monday, January 15, 2018

Trump To Present His Fake News Awards

The big news of this week will be Trump’s award show.  Amendment 1, the first of 10 amendments in the Bill of Rights, written by our founding fathers, was surely the most important and foremost element of our democracy based on the prominent placing of this amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  Freedom of speech and freedom of the press defines our country and are essential to maintain our freedom in this country.  These two freedoms separate our country from that of authoritarian governments.  Of course, you know that!  I’m simply refreshing your memory to ready you for Trump’s self-lauded Fake News Awards he says he will present on Wednesday.

TRUMP SAYS he will present these awards to the “dishonest and corrupt media.”  Trump’s done a lot of despicable things in his short tenure as President, but his award show chips away at our democracy, not to mention how much it damages our standing in the world.

TRUMP HAS referred to the media as the “enemy of the people.”  That was a term Joseph Stalin used to describe the media in the Soviet Union and we know what happened to the media there.  Truth is, Trump probably isn’t aware of Joseph Stalin and will probably say he invented that term concerning the media.  He has also called the media the “opposition party” and his favorite, the “lying media.”  There is no doubt that Trump is at war with the press and as long as it is politically expedient for him, it will continue to escalate. 

I FEEL Trump does not hate the media—he just wants their approval.  Trump is attempting to bully the media to say great things about him like his friends at FOX News. Trump has used, and sought out press coverage his entire adult life. He is the most media savvy President’s ever. While a businessman in New York City, he did everything possible to be mentioned in the society pages.  He was his own publicist using the fake name of John Barron to call media and brag about himself.  He is still his own publicist and uses the fake name of Sarah Huckabee Sanders.   Without the fame given to him by the media, he would not be where he is today.  He certainly wouldn’t be President without the nearly 24 hours a day campaign coverage, and for that, the media only have themselves to blame.  Before cable, the equal time rule would have solved that problem.

FOR TRUMP to thrive, he has to have an enemy.  Trump learned from his campaign that nothing gets his “base” supporters riled up quicker than castigating the media.  When his rallies became boring, he would turn attention to the “lying media.”  In one incident, his remarks were so incendiary, some press people had to be escorted out for protection from the crowd.  So, as his poll numbers show even some of his base supporters have had enough, he is grasping at ways to bring them back. 

TRUMP’S FAKE News Award’s show will be watched and talked about for the entire week.  It is sure to break Trump’s own record for the most lies he has told in one sitting.  One thing we know for sure, FOX NEWS and the Monroe County Reporter will not win one of these awards.

TA-DA, and the big story last week-- Trump made another nasty, racist comment.  I don’t think I have to repeat the comment here in this family newspaper.  Unless you live under a rock, you know what kind of hole trump called these countries and the context in which it was used.   What I thought was, “The whole world is thinking about that word at the same time.”  That’s probably never happened, and we must give Trump all the credit.  Instead of the “shot heard around the world,” we’ll just call it the “s*** heard around the world.

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