After months of Donald Trump whining about “fake news,” reality has proven that when he uses this phrase, it’s not because the media entity or journalist he’s attacking reported fake news, it’s because they reported something he didn’t like — usually information that’s negative about him.
However, since Trump knows his supporters are mostly brainwashed cultists who’ll believe anything he says, while repeating the talking points he wants them to repeat, he often uses the term “fake news” to manipulate and program them into thinking that anything and everything negative about him isn’t real.
CNN’s Jake Tapper tackled this topic recently when he ran down a few instances concerning fairly big stories that Trump’s called “fake news” that, ultimately, were completely factual.
“Almost every single time he’s used that term [fake news] the news has been accurate, it’s just news he doesn’t like,” Tapper stated.
He then said CNN dug through to find the first time they think Trump used the term, back when he called reports that he had been briefed by U.S. intelligence on the infamous Steele dossier “fake news.” However, it was later confirmed by former FBI director James Comey — and Trump, himself — that he had been briefed on the existence of the dossier, despite the “president” calling earlier reports “fake news.”
Tapper also mentioned how Trump called initial reports about a contentious phone call he and the prime minister of Australia had when he first assumed office “fake news” when we now know, thanks to leaked transcripts, the two leaders did have a rather heated back and forth exchange several months ago.
Tapper also mentioned how Trump has launched his own “news channel” on Facebook that conservative website RedState.com called “propaganda straight out of North Korea’s playbook” and Obama’s ambassador to Russia said was just like what he’s seen on so many state-run “news” channels in countries ruled by dictators.
This is why I’ve said for a long time now that Trump has no desire to be “president” — he wants to be a dictator. If you look at the traits of every authorization ruler, oppressive monarch or dictator, one of the first things each and every single one of them must do in order to stay in power is to end any hint of “freedom of the press” and turn every media outlet into state-run propaganda. People like Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-Un cannot rule the way that they do if there’s a free and open press within each of their countries.
That’s why Trump spends most of his days lashing out at the media. Since the United States Constitution prevents him from being an authoritarian ruler like Putin, he has no choice but to try to undermine the credibility of the media, hoping to convince his followers that any and all negative information they hear about him is part of some “fake agenda against the truth.”
Make no mistake about it, if Trump had his way, he wouldn’t be “president” — he’d be a dictator.
Watch Tapper’s comments below via CNN: