PERSPECTIVES

Statements from the White House: Do they deliver precise messages to far or near listeners?

 

It all started with a video President Trump promoted on Twitter the first day of August 2018.

The aforementioned promotion reportedly featured Trump supporters who vigorously joined chants against Cable News Network (CNN) during a rally in Florida.

Trump’s decision to re-tweet the same video was interpreted as his latest action of animosity aimed at the same network.

That same video captured scores of Trump rally attendees who joined in the hostility meant to center on Jim Acosta, CNN’s reporter and senior White House correspondent.

It was learned that it was not the first time Acosta was singled out on Twitter several times by Trump himself although he said that the reporter is “actually a nice guy.”

Acosta stated: “I am very worried that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt.  We should not treat our fellow Americans this way.  The press is not the enemy.”

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was heard to deliver her response: “President Trump does not support violence against anyone or anything. When it comes to the media, the president does think that the media holds a responsibility.”

However challenging the Sanders’ reply was, the noted and well-known aggressive Trump rhetoric against the press has advanced grave concerns in several nationwide newsroom settings.

A.G. Sulzberger, the New York Times publisher told President Trump in a recent meeting that the newspaper had started posting armed guards outside their offices “because of a rise in threats against journalists.”

Trump has not hesitated to state how he regards the press as “the enemy of the people.”

Very frequently, CNN has been targeted in Trump’s attacks on the media calling the network of being “negative,” and publishing “fake news.”

In July 2017, President Trump tweeted a video portraying himself wrestling and punching a figure whose head has a CNN logo over it.

Not long after, Trump shared a cartoon of “train running over another figure with a CNN logo over their head.”

A most recent occurrence in July took place.  The White House was confronted with a severe reaction from dozens of journalists and  news outlets for disinviting CNN reporter K. Collins from a press event.

The White House response stated how Collins who was representing fived television networks as the day’s pool reporter, had “acted inappropriately at an earlier press event.”

Several reporters who were present at the time have opposed the White House’s action describing Collins had simply been “doing her job.”

However widely said that the press is not the “enemy of the people,” Sanders declined to “directly answer” whether she agreed with President Trump’s repeated use of the same phrase.

Meanwhile, Ivanka Trump, known as the first daughter, said at an event that she doesn’t agree with the “enemy of the people” tag in reference to the press.

“I certainly received my fair share of reporting on me personally that I know not to be fully accurate, so I have some sensitivity around while people have concerns and gripes, especially when they sort of feel targeted, but no, I do not consider the media the enemy of the people,” she stated.

In spite of Trump’s daughter’s disagreement about the term her father has been known to describe the press as the “enemy of the people, ” as president, Trump’s rallies are bound to continue. Those gatherings reminiscent of his campaign months are identified as “orgies for Donald Trump’s ego.”

Will the much-heard “fake news” go on and on?

This space’s columnist likes to think the term “fake news” does not refer to the dissemination of false information.  If it were so, wouldn’t the Trump administration strongly demand a “correction,” that would promptly be replied to as coming from any highly acclaimed

and reputable news source?

The 45th president of the United States has zeroed in on a number of attacks, foremost: The Robert Mueller investigation which he has branded as a “witch hunt.”

In the course of his presidency (aside from the press),  Trump has attacked the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a whole; attacked U.S. international allies; immigrants; celebrities and athletes.

In plain language, Trump has attacked and could be perceived as attacking the truth.

How else can Trump’s attacks be interpreted?

 

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