Friday, August 3, 2018

No More Pretenses: Trump's War On Free Press Out In The Open

                                          Good Day World!

Looking for topical political drama?

Just tune in to White House Press briefings with Sarah Huckabee Sanders - when they have one.

Yesterday, Sarah nearly came unglued when asked if she would say that the mainstream press is not the enemy of the people. 

She simply would not answer the question. Instead she deflected the question and went off on a rant about how mean the press is to the president, and her. In a rare show of passion, her face got redder than usual and her eyes sent lightning bolts to the assembled press.

A good performance actually. I almost believed she was so stupid that parroting Trump's false accusations were becoming an alternate reality for her. 

On the other hand, we should also consider she lives in a bubble created by Trump and his cohorts. In order to stay in that swamp she has to swim with the reptiles.

In other words, she either believes anything Trump asserts - in spite of facts to the contrary - or she just wants to keep her job and accepts lying is a vital part of staying with team Trump.

The bottom line: we have a president (and willing cronies) who are out to destroy the free press so they can control the national narrative.

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the freedom of the press in the United States.

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise, thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press; or the right of the people peacefully to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

Therefore we know that when the president attacks the mainstream media he's really attacking our Constitution. What else is the average American supposed to think when the leader of our nation tries to undermine one of the pillars of our Democracy?

A convergence of events are coming down on Trump and he's running scared. The Russian investigation, the flipping of his "Fixer" Michael Cohen, an emolument case progressing in court, a porn star and Playboy model suing him, and a Federal case against the Trump Foundation for fraudulent use of funds, and more.

That's a lot of shit. Trump doesn't want the press to report on any of those stories, so in his infantile way, he's stepping up his attacks against the press (which started on his first day in office), hoping his base will somehow save him at the end of the day.

This is not a well-planned strategy - nothing is planned in his reactionary world - it's a last ditch effort to turn back the tidal wave coming at him.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

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