I’m starting to think that I should start another blog just to cover the stuff coming out of the White House.
It truly is a wondrous source for material that you can take the piss out of.
Sean Spicer, the press secretary has just banned some news outlets from a press conference – these include CNN, the BBC, the New York Times – and – the Guardian for fuck’s sake!
Obviously Breitbart and Fox news were not excluded – I can’t think why!
It seems that anything reported that is in any way negative to the Don is dismissed as ‘fake news’ – although no evidence is ever forthcoming to support this
In an editorial, the LA Times said: “If the intent was to intimidate reporters into writing fewer things that the administration does not like, and more things that it does, it is doomed to failure.”
The New York Times editorial said: “That First Amendment can be inconvenient for anyone longing for power without scrutiny. Mr. Trump might want to brush up on what it means, and get used to it.”
Trump responded –
Hours before the briefing, Mr Trump had delivered a strong attack on what he called “fake news” in the media, targeting stories with unnamed sources.
He told the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that reporters “shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name. Let their name be put out there”.
He said “fake news” was the “enemy of the people”.
Surprisingly he didn’t mention the ‘Swedish’ or Bowling Green’ atrocities that he and Kellyanne made up.
His relationship with the truth generally has also been somewhat elastic. He made numerous false statements, ranging from the size of the crowd that attended his inauguration, the scale of his electoral college win, and even a claim that he had been on the cover of Time magazine more than anyone else.
Laughably Fox News decided to ‘support’ the Pres by interviewing a bloke called Nils who they said was ‘The Swedish Defence and National Security Advisor’.
A trans-Atlantic wave of puzzlement is rippling across Sweden for the second time in a week, after a prominent Fox News program featured a ‘Swedish defence and national security advisor’ that’s unknown to the country’s military and foreign-affairs officials.
Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly convened an on-air faceoff Thursday over Swedish immigration and crime between a Swedish newspaper reporter and a man identified on screen and verbally as the ‘Swedish defence and national security advisor,’ Nils Bildt.
Nils attacked Sweden’s immigration policy – just as Don had in a false statement of a terrorist attack that didn’t happen.
Bildt linked immigration to social problems in Sweden, lamented what he described as Swedish liberal close-mindedness about the downsides of welcoming newcomers and said: ‘We are unable in Sweden to socially integrate these people,’ arguing that politicians lacked a systematic plan to do so.
It must have come as a bit of a surprise (or not) for Fox News to learn that the Swedish Defence Ministry and Foreign Office haven’t heard of him!
Nils pointes for Fox and Mr Bildt then.
I expect that any minute the Don will attack Fox for this ‘Fake news’ – although I won’t be holding my breath for too long.
All of this would be funny if it wasn’t so scary!
One final thought Sean Spicer once said that only a dictatorship would prevent the media from access to public information
In December, Spicer promised that the Trump administration would never ban press access regardless of the President’s feelings on their news coverage. When if the new administration would limit press access, he responded by saying the media is what “makes a democracy a democracy versus a dictatorship.”
Just two months later he has blocked several high-profile news outlets from the daily press briefing.
If you can’t tell the truth Sean – fake it!