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Media: It is “Personal” when Trump Defends Himself from Our Fake News

Written by Joe Scudder

Apparently, it is not “personal” when the media attacks him; only when Trump defends himself.

Whenever Donald Trump defends himself, the media reports on it as if they are reporting an act of aggression. Thus, the Hill’s headline, “CNN war with Trump gets personal,” is almost nonsensical. If a media corporation is at war with a sitting President, then it is already personal! But it is clear from the beginning that this war “gets personal” because the White House returned fire at CNN.

President Trump’s war with CNN took an even more personal turn on Tuesday after the White House used its press briefing to tout a hidden camera video calling the cable news network’s coverage of the Russia controversy “bullshit.”

The undercover video from conservative sting artist James O’Keefe showed a CNN producer questioning the network’s coverage and suggesting important stories had been buried to keep the focus on Trump and Russia.

At Tuesday’s press briefing, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders encouraged viewers to watch the O’Keefe video, calling it “a disgrace to all of media, all of journalism.” 

She also took a dig at CNN President Jeff Zucker, saying the sensationalism and disregard for facts was “coming directly from the top.”

The press conference got personal when a media employee sharply complained about Huckabee’s statement:

Read the entire story at The Hill.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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