"Trump's War On The Media"
Lately we've been hearing a lot about "Trump's war on the media." But it seems more like it's the media's war on Trump.
Trump has been vilified and ridiculed by the thoroughly corrupt and unscrupulous media since the day he announced he was running for President. The media never mentioned anything about "the media's war on Trump." It's only when Trump started hitting back that the media labeled it "Trump's war on the media." Is there anything more dishonest? A media that is so entrenched in it's biased agenda that it has absolutely no regard for truth and honesty, rivals the despicable media in communist and despotic-ruled countries. The only difference is that here in the U.S. they don't work for the government but do it under the banner of "freedom of press."
Currently, all late-night talk shows spend a considerable amount of their opening monologue, and then some, knocking Trump. This has been going on at least since Trump became president. Trump has not (yet) struck back. Have you heard anything about "late-night talk shows' war on Trump?" Not a word. If Trump ever decides to strike back, you bet it'll be called "Trump's war on late-night talk shows."
It's time to stop calling willful and deliberate defamation, and especially completely contrived and unprovable accusations, "freedom of press." A person's right, celebrity or not, to his or her reputation should come before someone else's "right" to destroy it. The media must be held accountable for tarnishing someone's image or good name.
Hasan Minhaj's speech at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 29th, 2017, exemplifies the Left's hypocrisy and utter disregard for truth and honesty.
In conveying the message that Trump's criticism of the press dismisses our First Amendment right to free speech, Minhaj said, "Free speech is the foundation of an open and liberal democracy, from college campuses to the White House." Really? Does he have any idea how conservative speakers on college campuses are in fear of bodily harm for nothing more than airing their views? Free speech on college campuses is dead!
Trump's criticism of dishonesty and corruption in the news media is not different from pointing out similar issues in any other industry and has nothing to do with the Constitution or free speech. It's an ethics and fair trade issue. The public is being cheated by not getting what it paid for in newspapers and (cable) TV -- instead of news, they get fiction.
Anyone has a right to report the news, and anyone has a right to print fiction. But the Constitution does not give anyone the right to sell subscriptions to newspapers or cable TV that claim to give you the news but, on a regular basis, give you fiction. This is like buying a box of serial that says "Corn Flakes" and finding Cheerios inside.
Trump should stop talking about media corruption, compile a list of fictitious stories passed off by the media as factual, and take legal action against this dishonest bate-and-switch practice, which does not fall under the headings or freedom of press or free speech. By the same token, consumers should be have the right to request refunds on their subscriptions from the likes of The New York Times and cable providers that give you such stations as CNN for not supplying what consumers paid for.