President Trump is considering dropping the “fake news” label and replacing it with something else entirely. He took to Twitter (again) and said he is “thinking about changing the name to “Fraud News.”
He was talking specifically about CNN, but he uses the term loosely ever since running for president to describe almost any media reporting he doesn’t like.
The only problem with this, though, is that the term describes him to the T.
Shortly after winning the election, Trump settled a “fraud” lawsuit with Trump University for $25 million, after swearing he never would. That case alleged among other things that he bilked students out of tens of thousands of dollars for a phony degree.
That’s just one example. Shall we go on?
Here was a little bit more of Trump’s rant about the “FAKE and FRAUDULENT NEWS MEDIA”:
How about actually doing the responsibility of President of the United States? That’s a good start.
There’s evidence to suggest Trump is delegating his constitutional powers to the military, decisions that are normally reserved specifically for the president.
Jeremy Bash, MSNBC’s National Security Analyst had this to say about the ‘big bomb’ used in Afghanistan that had never been used before, as well as other military decisions Trump had not participated in:
“My sources tell me that the president was not involved in that decision at all. He took credit for it later because he thought it looked all macho, but he was not involved in that decision.
Likewise, he was not involved in the decision to shoot down Syrian aircraft that shot at the Syrian Defense forces on the ground. The president was not involved in that at all. That was a decision by the Commander in the field, ultimately the Central Command Commander, and ultimately the Secretary of Defense.”
Take this into account, as well: In the five months Trump has been in office, he has yet to meet or speak with his Iraq or Afghanistan commander. Compare this to President George W. Bush who spoke with his military commander in Iraq every week, and President Barack Obama who was so entrenched in military operations that his first three Defense Secretaries actually complained about micro-management.
It doesn’t appear Trump is even the Commander-in-Chief when it counts. But, he wants to call the media a “fraud?” That’s not very fair.
Trump seems to hold news outlets like CNN to a higher standard than even his own tweets. For the record, Trump is a news source, he’s President of the United States. If he says it, it’s coming straight from the top. But, Trump says outlandish things like “Obama wiretapped me” without naming any sources. What does that make him then? A fake. A fraud. You get the point.
Whatever term Trump decides to use from this point on, he has no ground to stand on.