Actually, I’ve been scared for a while, but the events compounding my fears seem to be piling up at breakneck speed. This morning, I woke to read where our Spray-Tan-in-Chief whipped out his Twitter machine and fired off a few tweets complaining about the investigation into alleged shady contact with the Russians by him and his posse.
He didn’t respond directly to the allegations, but instead, he chose to keep hammering on the press in an attempt to delegitimize the 4th estate and to try to brush off the issue saying that it is merely smoke and mirrors being used by his opposition to justify Hillary’s loss in the general election and to also call into question the US intelligence agencies. The attempt to shift focus is nothing more than elementary-school-level deflection. I’m almost surprised his response wasn’t, “I know you are, but what am I?” However, the real issue of concern is in regard to his attempt to discredit legitimate news outlets. (I’m not about to debate the legitimacy of Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, HuffPo, or any of the other outlets that present some semblance of actual news.)
This morning’s series of social media outbursts- along with the previous truckload of outbursts- attempt to discredit the press, and that scares me. The attempts of a leader to control the media bring up mental images of repressive dictators, bread lines, marshall law, corruption, and the absence of the freedoms that our country was founded upon. While the Great White Combover hasn’t ordered the military to arrest reporters and take over TV stations, his attempts to convince American citizens that the media outlets that question him or his staff build distrust and steer folks to look only to outlets he finds favorable which are more likely to report anything they are told regardless of truth. It’s entry level brainwashing.
I think we should question everything in an attempt to base our opinions, decisions, and actions on solid information.That should hold true whether you’re a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or Constitutional Monarchist. Don’t give the President an unrestricted path to tricking us into willingly giving up our freedoms that many men and women fought and died for. He’s already started with the press.
But, if you want to go ahead and blindly gorge yourself on the current administration’s message, you might enjoy a vacation to North Korea.
*** Does Kelly Anne Conway remind anyone else of Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi Information Minister during the second gulf war who was dubbed by the international press as Baghdad Bob? He gave obviously false information at every opportunity. Once, he even reported that there were no American troops in Baghdad, and everything was fine. However, explosions were going off in the city directly behind him. There’s nothing to see here. Move along.