I watched a news conference on television Monday and heard President Donald Trump kick the U.S. intelligence agency under the bus. He later blamed the “fake news media” for creating the criticism that followed his statement, which he unsuccessfully attempted to revise.
Granted, the president suffers from narcissism, which in lay terms means that he’s an egotistical bully. Thus, it is understandable that Trump would be upset anytime he is portrayed as being less than perfect.
This, however, brokers no excuse for blaming the news media for doing its job of informing the public and commenting upon the conduct of government. That, Mister President, is the role of the press.
Keep in mind that media tools have changed. No longer are presidents and other public officials badgered only by people who own printing presses. We now are informed and influenced by what is called the new media.
Mister president, you are one of the most prominent, most unprofessional of all members of the new media with your constant streaming of opinion and misinformation via Twitter.
So, when you blame the news media for delivering “fake news,” look in the mirror.
Don’t take my advice, however. Look to Harry S Truman, the 33rd president, who once said: “If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen.”
Better yet. Begin acting presidential rather than as a member of the “Fake News Media.”
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Note: In the event that I should be criticized by our chief communicator for being inaccurate and unprofessional, Harry didn’t place a period after his middle initial.