Skip to comments.Victor Davis Hanson: CNNís Existential War With Trump
Posted on 11/05/2018 5:57:00 AM PST by RoosterRedux
It may be unwise or monotonous for President Trump to harp on CNN as a purveyor of fake news. And the constant refrain enemy of the people should not be used of a media outlet, even one as prejudicial as CNN.
Yet Trumps obsessions with CNN are largely reactive, not preemptive.
After just 100 days in office, before his own agendas could even be enacted, the liberal Shorenstein Center at Harvard reported that 93 percent of CNNs coverage of the Trump Administration was already negative. Just one in every 13 CNN stories proved positive. That radically asymmetrical pattern (shared by NBC/MSNBC) had never been seen before in the history of comparable media analytics. No one at CNN sought to explain the imbalance, leaving the impression that the news organization had more or less joined the progressive opposition.
In his serial pushbacks against CNN, if Trump has perhaps surpassed the invective of Barack Obamas own periodic dismissals of Fox News, he has clearly not ordered his Justice Department to monitor the communications of any CNN reporter, in the manner of Eric Holders surveillance of Fox News journalist James Rosen. Associated Press journalists are not being monitored by the administration as they were during the Obama years. That difference is oddly never cited by CNN reporters who are want to decry their own treatment by the administration, but who were not particularly vocal when their professional colleagues were once placed under electronic surveillance.
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There is no law that prevents wealthy individuals from purchasing or controlling media outlets, pose as journalists but in reality function as crass propagandists spewing their vile beliefs and prejudices. Sadly there is a large percentage of the population that is susceptible, malleable and controllable.
I never imagined that CNN’s newsreader boys and girls were so profoundly uneducated and without class.
Oh well, neither of their audience knows enough to care.
Respectfully disagree with Mr. Hanson, the press is the enemy of the people and they have been for many decades. It is good the general public has finally discovered it.
Trump has yet to use the IRS to go after liberal foes.
I respectfully disagree. Intentionally false reporting is indeed corrupt and does qualify as being the enemy of the people - UNLESS they simply were honest and continually announce that they oppose Trump and their "reporting" will reflect that.
POTUS WILL PREVAIL!
CNN IS TOAST!
Is CNN supporting sedition?
Are seditious acts contrary to the public interest in domestic tranquility?
Verdict: Enemy of the People
Now they are having a difficult time walking it all back.
It is really funny.
VDH, I disagree. Wouldn’t you agree the Völkischer Beobachter of the Nazi party was an enemy of the people? Because of their one-sided and duplicitous policies, certain journals deserve that epithet.
The key difference is that governments were either ruled by the aristocracy, or in the few instances of republican control, by strict regulation over the franchise.
What we have today is an unholy amalgamation of traditional leveraged media combined with mob rule. The problem isn't the 1A, but IQ.
One of the best things President Trump has done is to unmask the lying biased MSM. Their credibility is gone forever as numerous public opinion surveys attest.
The best way to stop the chronic Trump attacks on the veracity of CNN is not to unleash a rude and boisterous Acosta to argue endlessly with Sarah Huckabee Sanders, but simply to ensure that CNN news reports are fact-checked and not in need of retractions or firings, that CNN hosts, contributors, and anchors do not stoop to profanity, scatology, racism, and ahistorical comparisons to Stalin and Hitler, and that CNNs staff and hosts do not joke about the president being killed through plane crashes and decapitation.
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