WASHINGTON, July 2, 2017 — The GOP can always be counted on to engage in a little brown-nosing with major media outlets. It’s usually Arizona Senator John McCain who kowtows to the Fourth Estate. Today, that task falls to Nebraska’s Senator Ben Sasse.
“There are a whole bunch of particular journalists who should be called out for particular stories that aren’t good enough,” said Sasse, but he added, it’s “not helpful to call the press the enemy of the American people.”
Reporting lies as if they are truths should not be downplayed as simply “stories that aren’t good enough.” Especially when it concerns the network on which Sasse appeared, CNN.
In fact, one of its talking heads, Van Jones, admitted that the Russia-Trump collusion drumbeat of his network is “a nothing burger.”
To put that more plainly, CNN lied, and along with the New York Times et al., it continues to do so.
Recent weeks have not been good for CNN. President Donald Trump has reveled in the news network’s troubles and resultant credibility nosedive, hammering them with the “fake news” moniker that was originally meant, ironically enough, to tar alternative conservative media.
Trump, not your typical weak-kneed Republican looking for validation from the press, believes it’s good to hit a man when he’s down. He tweeted a satirical video short showing the leader of the free world body-slamming an anthropomorphized CNN.
Brian Stelter, the media reporter for the fake news network, said the president’s tweet “encourages violence against reporters.”
That is true, but figuratively, not literally. Truth tends to pummel lies and the liars who tell them.
Since he was elected last November, the press and never-Trump Republicans have insisted Trump stop using Twitter. But the president knows better.
“The FAKE & FRAUDULENT NEWS MEDIA is working hard to convince Republicans and others I should not use social media,” Trump tweeted, “but remember, I won the 2016 election with interviews, speeches and social media. I had to beat #FakeNews, and did. We will continue to WIN!”
And that single truth is the most violent body-slam to fake news.