The President of the United States started off his Tuesday by once again attacking the free press on Twitter. It was hardly a surprising development, given that the would-be authoritarian has repeatedly demonstrated his disdain for the First Amendment and never seems to tire of ranting about “fake news,” which has really become his catchall term for any coverage that paints him in an unflattering light.
The Twitter attack came shortly after Trump insultedCNN anchor Chris Cuomo. Apparently, the president woke up with a bone to pick with all of his favorite media targets.
“ALL THE NEWS THAT’S NOT FIT TO PRINT!” Trump began the tweet, riffing on The New York Times’s slogan “All the News That’s Fit To Print” with all the wit of a not-particularly-bright child. The president cited Michael Goodwin, who writes for The New York Post, a publication which it should be noted is owned by right-wing billionaire Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.
Trump quoted Goodwin as saying that the Times is “no longer the paper we grew up with” and that it’s “no longer a news organization,” the latter being an especially ridiculous claim. Just because Trump and his braindead supporters don’t like the negative news stories about him doesn’t mean they’re not real news. The Times has a responsibility to print the truth, not to pander to this painfully insecure president’s ego.
The president repeated Goodwin’s conspiracy theory that the Times is working to transform the country into some leftist wasteland. The piece Trump is presumably referencing is as poorly thought out as it is disingenuous. One gets the distinct impression while reading it that Goodwin wrote it in the hopes of currying favor with Trump, as the president is known to be highly susceptible to even the most blatant forms of flattery.
In any case, President Trump has once again debased himself by embracing conservative charlatans who exist solely to tell him what he wants to hear. He and his supporters live in a fever dream completely untethered from reality and the day can not come soon enough when some semblance of sanity is finally returned to the White House. Until then, it falls to every American to support brave journalism and condemn the president’s anti-speech rhetoric.
ALL THE NEWS THAT’S NOT FIT TO PRINT! “The New York Times is no longer the paper we grew up with. It is no longer a news organization. It is now an agenda driven organization out to change the Country (for the worse!).” Michael Goodwin, Highly Respected New York Post Columnist.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2019