President Donald Trump’s “war” on journalist is a farce. All Trump is doing is calling out those in the mainstream media who are part of the alt-left fake news network; he has nothing against those media outlets that do honest work.
Donald Trump hasn’t had any journalists thrown out of his press conferences. Trump hasn’t had any reporters jailed. Trump hasn’t had the Federal Bureau of Investigation spy on any journalists. And Trump hasn’t banned any news organizations from his press conferences like President Barack Obama did with Fox News. But if Trump did decide to do this, then he has Obama to thank for setting the precedent.
Barack Obama has set the precedent for the way presidents treat journalists and reporters and Trump is just following his lead. Obama as president has thrown “alleged” whistle-blowers in jail and has harassed government officials who speak to the media for just answering simple questions.
I haven’t heard any member of the MSM bring this fact up when criticizing Trump’s relationship with the media. Surely the media can’t be that forgiving of the Obama administration and its Department of Justice for sending journalists to jail and subpoenaing their phone and email records just for doing their job.
Government officials are increasingly afraid to talk to the press for fear of being not only being accused of leaking information, but being falsely prosecuted as a leaker. The Obama administration has created a culture within itself which if someone is “suspected” of talking to reporters, they will be subjected to investigation, including lie-detector tests and scrutiny of their telephone and e-mails.
But what does the Obama administration consider to be “whistle-blowing”? And “leaking”? Exposing “waste, fraud and abuse” is considered to be whistle-blowing. Exposing questionable government policies and actions, whether illegal or unconstitutional, is leaking.
According to veteran national security journalist R. Jeffrey Smith of the Center for Public Integrity, many government officials are “reluctant to discuss even unclassified information” with journalists anymore.
Associated Press President Gary Pruitt said in an interview with CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” “I don’t know what their [the DOJ]motive is,” but, Pruitt added, “I know what the message being sent is: If you talk to the press, we’re going after you.”
David E. Sanger, veteran chief Washington correspondent of The New York Times hit the nail on the head when he said, “This is the most closed, control freak administration I’ve ever covered.”