Let me start by clarifying. I am not a conspiracy nut.
Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. Bigfoot does not exist. The “government” did not take down the Twin Towers on 9/11 as an “inside job”. Millions of illegals do not vote in US elections. There is no secret cabal of Jewish bankers running the world. The UN is not trying to destroy freedom in America. Etc. Etc. Etc.
I am a fact guy. A pragmatist. Show me the evidence and I will consider your case. But evidence is a must.
Which brings me to the latest, ongoing attacks by Mr Trump on the free press. Over and over he has been slamming any news organization that does not pay him proper homage as “the enemy of the people”. All news that is not completely positive is FAKE news.
Why keep harping on FAKE news? Why continue to try to undermine faith in such news organizations as the New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, The LA Times and others? News organizations that once in awhile make mistakes but have spent years cultivating processes that lead to accurate reporting. News organizations that vet sources and double check facts before putting ink to paper.
Mr. Trump is a stupid man. Yes. He is. He knows virtually nothing except how to put together real estate deals. How to manipulate (or rather HIRE accountants to manipulate) the tax code. He is singularly UNCURIOUS about the world. He has demonstrated no understanding of basic science, literature, history, sociology or any other field. Since he was given $13,000,000 by his father as a young man his existence has been one of self-promotion. Period.
But, Mr Trump is also a clever man. A con man. A manipulator of his supporters. A cult figure. He sees himself as larger than life. And so do the Trumpsters and Trumpettes who follow him. He knows how to use the media for free publicity, as he showed us in his campaign for president. He hates any media that does not adore him. And he encourages his followers to do the same.
But he WON the election in the electoral college. He is the president of the United States. So, why continue to attack the press? He won. He beat them, at least in his way of thinking.
As I said, I am not a conspiracy nut. But there is something deeper going on here.
The “leaks”, which every president hates, have gotten to Trump. He even had Sean Spicer take away the phones of his (Spicer’s) staff and had them checked for possible news leaks. Trump calls the leaks FAKE news, yet he seems to be giving credence to the validity of the information. Otherwise, why try to find the source? If these negative reports are really “made up”, as he says, then why suspect his own inner circle?
I suspect something deeper is going on. There are skeletons, probably Russian ones, in Mr Trump’s closet. There are connections, financial and political, with Russian oligarchs. Perhaps with Putin himself. Connections that may be illegal or at least very damaging .
By trying to destroy the public confidence in the press, Mr Trump is staging a Pearl Harbor attack. Destroy the credibility of the press. then, when the stories come out about his corruption people may say it is simply the press out to “get him”. Mr Trump likes to control the agenda and he seeks to marginalize legitimate investigative journalism by preemptive strike. The press LIES. All the time. Don’t believe them.
Something is deeper here. Not just the rantings of our first (and god help us, our LAST) twitter president. He is the master of distraction. He has called the New York Times and Washington Post losers and his enemy.They did not crumble. When distraction does not work he goes for destruction. Exactly the same way he did business in his real estate shenanigans.
There is something deeper here. And the press will discover it. Sooner or later. After all, Pearl Harbor was not a total defeat, it was a setback. Eventually the US won the war. The free press will not be governed or destroyed by Mr Trump, no matter how hard he tries. But he is trying to set the stage for the inevitable investigations into his financial and political chicanery. He hope to destroy the confidence of the citizenry in the free press. In the end, they will find him out. And publish.
The is something deeper here. Wait for it. It will happen.