After NBC Produces Another Fake News Story About Trump, He Fires Back With Twitter Threats
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In another story in which there are no good guys, I find myself begrudgingly in the awkward position of defending the MSM, the Mainstream Media, also known simply as the State Media (Deep State right now as a ‘rogue’ is currently in the office of Presidency).
The story starts off badly for the MSM, as stories about this institution often do. The MSM was pretty much caught lying, or, as Trump is fond of saying, creating fake news about the President. This time, the news outlet in question was NBC. The Never-Been-Competent Network reported that President Donald Trump was calling for an even bigger US Nuclear Arsenal than what currently exists.
The network said he said this in a private meeting with military and security officials. So this is another one of those “leak” stories with an unnamed source behind it.
However, one of the people in the meeting, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, said this, “Recent reports that the President called for an increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal are absolutely false. This kind of erroneous reporting is irresponsible.”
Ok, so up to this point, the MSM is totally in the wrong, as usual. This is just another example of the MSM being caught in a fake news story. While I am no fan of Donald Trump, more often than not I find myself “defending” him from the MSM (not literally defending him, just finding fault with the MSM’s coverage of the man). It is clear to me that the Deep State Media is out to get Donny, and out to get him good.
Had the story ended there, this would not be our iTalk for the day. Donald Trump, not satisfied with simply exposing the MSM as being the agents of fake news that they are, decided to go full authoritarian.
He told reporters, referencing the fake news story, “It’s frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write and people should want to look into it.” He told them this during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
He also hinted that perhaps NBC should have their FCC license pulled for producing these kinds of stories. He tweeted:
“With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!”
Later, he issued a follow-up tweet backing up his last charge:
“Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked. Not fair to public!”
This is where the man went full authoritarian. He went so authoritarian, not just with this latest battle with the MSM, but also with the NFL recently over the kneeling during the National Anthem, that even Rush Limbaugh, who has been supporting Donald Trump since he was elected, issued a warning on Trump.
“Trump is in the right, don’t misunderstand. But no president should have dictatorial power over individual behavior. A president should not be able to tell the owners of a business how their employees are gonna act and what they’re gonna swear allegiance to and all that. That’s up to the owners to do, and it’s up to the owners to come up with a system of punishment if their employees violate company policy, like it is in any other business.”
Limbaugh added that he doesn’t “think that it is useful or helpful for any employee anywhere to be forced to do something because the government says they must. That scares hell out of me.”
“We don’t want the president being able to demand anybody that he’s unhappy with behave in a way he requires. That’s scary to me, even if the president’s somebody I happen to like.”
Of course, the Democrats went into histrionics, as you could imagine, but that brood of gun grabbing wanna-be’s have little credibility with anyone who actually values liberty and also understand who and what the Democrats really are (hint, liberty isn’t a top priority with the D gang).
It is worth noting what the National Association of Broadcasters stated in response to the latest round of “Trump Tweets Set the World on Fire.” They had Gordon Smith, their President, make the statement. It is also worth noting that Gordon Smith is a former Republican Senator from Oregon.
“It is contrary to this fundamental right for any government official to threaten the revocation of an FCC license simply because of a disagreement with the reporting of a journalist.”
As much as I loathe the MSM, I have no desire to suddenly advocate for government licensing or restricting, and anyone who values liberty above a man, even above a man who might be doing a bunch of other things they like, should be troubled by this latest tweet tantrum from the Donald.
I do want to add one last amusing point, which is from an NBC article on the Trump Tweet Tantrum targeting them (and no. I’m not gonna link to the story because I don’t link to fake news sites). They made this rather audacious claim, “NBC made Trump a star by airing The Apprentice.”
Yeah, I grew up in the 80s. Donald Trump was a star long before The Apprentice. You’re showing you’re inner Barry O, you know the inner Barry O, the one that says, “You didn’t build that business…” Well, Donny built that Donny. NBC had nothing to do with making Donny famous. If anything, NBC simply benefited from Donny’s fame.
But still, Donny, knock it off already. It’s like you won the Football game and then you decide to not just spike the ball but set the opposing team’s bench on fire, with the players still sitting on the bench. I mean, sure, you may have won the game, but that kind of crap is gonna get you ejected from the league.