Sunday, August 06, 2017
Donald Trump Prepares To Declare War On the Media
Donald Trump is relaxing at his favourite golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey. The place where Ivanka was married, the place where he wants to be buried.
Still claiming he's not president Lazy Boy.
Still insisting it's NOT a vacation.
And for the first time in a long time, showing Jeff Sessions, his beleaguered Attorney General, a whole lot of love.
For having launched a holy war on the "leakers" inside his government.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Friday that the Justice Department is pursuing about three times as many leak investigations as were open at the end of the Obama era, a significant devotion of resources to hunt down disclosures that have plagued the Trump administration.
And for threatening to go after the media.
Mr. Sessions also said he had opened a review of Justice Department rules governing when investigators may issue subpoenas related to the news media and leak investigations. “We respect the important role that the press plays and will give them respect, but it is not unlimited,” he said. “They cannot place lives at risk with impunity.”
Even though the media is not threatening any lives.
Matt Purdy, a deputy managing editor of The New York Times, said: “There’s a distinction between revelations that make the government uncomfortable and revelations that put lives at risk. We have not published information that endangers lives.”
And it's Trump and his gang who are threatening the media, as Dan Rather points out here.
With all due respect, Mr. President and Attorney General Sessions, it appears you can't handle the truth.
There are some cases where prosecuting leakers may - may - be warranted. But that is not what is going on here. The goal is very clear. The President has complained bitterly of leaks because he doesn't want to be questioned, even when he has been caught in lie after lie.
The free press is performing exactly as it needs to. And the proof of that is how seriously those who wish their actions remain undetectable consider the press to be their enemy.
To make matters worse, Trump's rabid right-wing base is howling with rage and fear at the thought of losing him.
Some like the sodden James Woods are muttering about a civil war.
While others like the NRA's Dana Loesch, are threatening to go after the New York Times...
In what is clearly an organized attempt to try to muzzle the media, end press freedoms.
And install what would amount to a fascist regime.
As David Frum tweeted, when asked what might happen if the Trump gang had to confront a real crisis.
It is a frightening moment in American history.
But the good news is that Boss Trump and his supporters wouldn't be squealing so loudly, if they didn't see the writing on the wall...
It's almost time to wipe and flush.
No American government has ever failed so spectacularly and so quickly.
And this hog is almost done...