As the accredited media continues to report bombshell after bombshell exposing Trump’s collaboration with Russia and obstruction of justice, his administration is becoming increasingly desperate to silence accredited journalists who refuse to back down from exposing the truth. In a desperate effort to divert attention away from his Russian ties, Trump has tried to make non-issues like illusory Islamic terrorism, the supposed re-invigoration of the US economy, and the smearing of Loretta Lynch, the headline stories. But no matter how many times he attempts to manipulate the headlines, the accredited media continues to steadfastly report on the issues that matter to Americans, like Russian hacking, Trump’s obstruction of justice and looming war with North Korea.
After failing to blackmail the media into covering non-issues that only serve his interests, Trump is now reverting to dirty tactics like putting CNN at the back of press conferences, and answering their questions last, if at all. He has even refused to give the accredited media press briefings, which is unprecedented in American history, as the accredited media has always had close access to the White House. But perhaps the most appalling act of bad will towards the media was his boycott of the White House correspondents dinner, which made hundreds of accredited journalists look and feel like fools, a complete repudiation of their accreditation! Trump chose to instead spend the day with his racist redneck supporters, who are most certainly NOT accredited.
Trump’s bullying, mocking and belittling of the accredited media is a clear violation of free speech. Banning the fake news media (Breitbart, Zerohedge, Infowars etc.) would be protecting free speech from disinformation, but banning the accredited media is another story. Trump needs to look up the difference between fake and accredited, and start treating respected, accredited journalists with the reverence that they deserve. Because until then, we are going to continue exposing his bigotry, incompetence and criminality. Well, actually we’ll continue reporting the same things regardless, but that doesn’t prevent us from getting outraged at his gall to question our authority!