As it becomes increasingly apparent that Russian interference was pivotal in Donald Trump’s election, many are worried that Trump may be secretly subverting America in order to pave the way for Russian aggression. As fears of a looming Trump presidency continue to grow, an increasing number of Americans are looking to the accredited media for comfort and guidance.
With Trump’s impending shakeups in the supreme court and various Federal departments, the government that so many Americans have grown to love and depend on, is no longer recognizable. Many fear that Trump’s administration does not have their best interests at heart, and they find solace in the media, which still resembles the old days of responsible governance.
One consoling fact is that the accredited media still has far better relationships with senior government officials, and in many cases better access to US intelligence, than Trump and his administration. Donald Trump was shocked to learn that NBC received an intelligence briefing about Russia’s hacking of the election before he did, without his knowledge or consent.
How did NBC get “an exclusive look into the top secret report he (Obama) was presented?” Who gave them this report and why? Politics!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017
Trump was also shocked when respected senator Chuck Schumer told Rachel Maddow that intelligence agencies have many ways to retaliate, if he continues to undermine their efforts to uncover Russian involvement in the election.
Time and time again, high ranking government officials have demonstrated greater trust and affinity for the accredited media than president-elect Donald Trump and his administration. Trump is learning an important lesson about just how powerful and well-connected the accredited media is, and that in many ways they are just as, if not more, privy to the inner workings of government than the president himself.
The accredited media is acting as an anchor in a sea of unnerving political change, helping to reassure worried Americans that Trump does not in fact have total control of the country. As accredited journalists, I believe we have a responsibility to rally together with US intelligence agencies and other loyal factions of government, and organize some form of popular resistance to Trump. Martin Luther King recommended civil disobedience in times of adversity, and this would appear to be the perfect time for such an uprising. History will judge us by our willingness to stand up to Trump’s fascist takeover, and if we fail to stop him soon, I’m afraid we may be judged harshly for our passiveness and lack of moral courage. For the sake of the future, we must act now.