WASHINGTON. Recently, President Trump made a live appearance at a well-attended in Tampa, Florida. The President’s campaign-style rally was designed to boost the GOP’s prospects ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. In contrast, skulking about amidst the happy Trump supporters was CNN’s Jim Acosta. As Acosta fed live reports on the rally to his cable news network from the Florida State Fairground’s event center, a group of Trump supporters gathered behind him. They gleefully brandished signs reading “CNN Sucks” and chanting “Fake News” and “Go Home.”
One man appeared wearing a black t-shirt emblazoned with the words
“F*%k the Media.”
Subsequently, CNN video clips of the event later deployed edited snippets of the laughing demonstrators as fake proof of their allegedly violent intent.
Hating the media is all the rage
Likewise, in the real world, that man in the t-shirt is not alone. According to an Axios/SurveyMonkey poll released last June, 72 percent of Americans believe that “traditional major news sources report news they know to be fake, false, or purposely misleading.”
Missing no opportunity to emphasize the truth, President Trump has ratcheted up his war on the media again. As a result, he now labels these nattering nabobs, “The enemy of the people.”
Jim Acosta pleads for mercy
CNN’s Jim Acosta later pleaded with White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders to say a few kind words on behalf of the demonstrably dishonest and distrusted Washington press corps.
“I think it would be a good thing if you were to say right here, at this briefing, that the press – the people who are gathered in this room right now, doing their jobs every day, asking questions of officials like the ones you brought forward earlier – are not the enemy of the people.”
Finally, with a slight warble in his voice, Acosta added,
“I think we deserve that.”
Sarah Sanders responds
Sarah Sanders was less than sympathetic to the bruised egos of Acosta and his fellow media meatheads.
“I think the president has made his position known. I also think it’s ironic, Jim, that not only you and the media attack this president for his rhetoric when they frequently lower the level of conversation in this country. Repeatedly, repeatedly, the media resorts to personal attacks without any content other than to incite anger. The media has attacked me personally on a number of occasions, including your own network… said I should be harassed as a life sentence. That I should be choked. ICE officials are not welcomed in their place of worship and [their] personal information is shared on the internet.
“When I was hosted by the Correspondents’ Association, of which almost all of you are members of, you brought a comedian to attack my appearance and called me a traitor to my own gender.
“In fact, as far as I know, I’m the first press secretary in the history of the United States that’s required Secret Service protection.
“The media continues to ratchet up the verbal assaults against the president and everyone in this administration. And certainly, we have a role to play, but the media has a role to play for the discourse in this country as well.”
Seems that yes, she believes the mainstream media is the “enemy of the people.”
Fake news equals fake Trump/Russia collusion
All the media-instigated anti-Trump media hysteria means to achieve one end. Defeat Republican candidates in the upcoming midterm elections.
Today, we have undeniable proof of 2016 election meddling by
- the Obama White House
- the Hillary Clinton campaign
- the Democratic National Committee
- the US Department of Justice (DOJ)
- the FBI
- opposition research firm Fusion GPS
- British agent Christopher Steele and his Kremlin dossier sources
- and the corrupt Star Chamber known as the FISA court.
Yet the dishonest mainstream media – today merely an appendage of the Democratic Party – continues to propagate the false narrative that Trump and Russia colluded to steal the White House.
Jim Acosta tired of getting kicked around? Really?
But let’s get back to CNN’s Jim Acosta. The day after his much-deserved heckling at Trump’s Tampa rally, Acosta spoke with sympathetic anchors back at his fake-news Washington bureau.
“Maybe we should make some bumper stickers, make some buttons, uh, you know. Maybe we should go out on Pennsylvania Avenue – like these folks who chant, ‘CNN sucks’ and ‘fake news.’ Maybe we should go out – all journalists – should go out on Pennsylvania Avenue and chant, ‘We’re not the enemy of the people.’ Because, I’m tired of this, honestly… I’m tired of this. It is not right, it is not fair, it is not just, it is un-American.”
Another Sulzberger weighs in
Current New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger arranged a meeting with Trump. He chose to echo Jim Acosta in his self-serving assessment of this White House summit.
“… although the phrase ‘fake news’ is untrue and harmful, I am far more concerned about his labeling journalists ‘the enemy of the people.’ I warned that this inflammatory language is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence.”
That, of course, is a load of crap. The real world truth is quite the opposite.
Remember Steve Scalise? Trump derangement syndrome riled up Bernie Bro’s vicious assault
A little more than a year ago, the media’s heated Trump-Derangement rhetoric worked then-Bernie Bro James T. Hodgkinson, 66, into a lather. Subsequently, Hodgkinson armed himself to the teeth. He then traveled from his home in Belleville, Illinois, to the nation’s capital. Just across the river in Alexandria, Virginia, he stalked a group of Republican legislators practicing for a charity baseball game.
After arriving at the ballfield, Hodgkinson concealed himself, and then opened fire in an attempt to wipe out as many Republicans as possible. He quickly shot and wounded GOP House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three others before two cops in attendance returned fire, killing Hodgkinson.
Before launching his rampage, Hodgkinson had posted his rationale for the attack on his Facebook page.
“Trump is a traitor. Trump has destroyed our democracy. It’s time to destroy Trump & Co.” Hodgkinson had posted on his Facebook page before his rampage.
Those same sentiments seem very similar to those uttered by the Trump-Deranged media after the president met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. What deranged individual will the ongoing anti-Trump media jihad inspire next?
Media emulates Bernie Bro, encourages more of same
New York Times columnist Charles Blow declared:
“Simply put, Trump is a traitor and may well be treasonous.”
The headline over a piece by Boston Globe columnist Michael Cohen reads,
“Trump the traitor.”
In his column, however, Cohen said he could not
“… confirm that the president is on active retainer with the Russian government. But what I do believe – and at this point seems patently obvious – is that the president of the United States is an agent of the Russian government.”
“Belief,” however, does not equate with truth. Cohen fails to make that distinction.
It’s time to stop the whining. Fake journalism is what inspired the Fake News meme
New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger needn’t worry about losing his cherished perks. No restaurant proprietors refuse to serve journalists. None ask journalists to leave their establishments, as we recently in case of White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. Nor do angry mobs encircle journalists and spit on them like they did to Florida’s Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi outside a Tampa movie theater. Nor do journalists face gunfire and death, like GOP Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana.
That said, like CNN’s Jim Acosta, today’s journalists increasingly deserve heckling. Ditto chants of “fake news” and banners that proclaim their brand of biased and deceitful journalism “sucks.” Because it does.
Banners and chants like these are the very least that should be offered to these intractable enemies of “We the People.”
Top Image: CNN’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta gets no respect during Tampa Trump rally in Tampa. Screen grab from CNN video of the incident.