It’s been a while since I addressed the mess that is the Trump Administration – this is but the latest in my rants on America’s off-the-rails-unpredictable presidential dramas. You’ve heard of him. We’ve all heard of him.
You should read this (before the Yuppie’s fake news) ’cause it’s going to be great. It’s going to be huge.
First, it was Conway using her position as presidential Counsel as an advertising base for Ivanka Trump’s clothing line (professional, I must say) and defending his false exaggerations as “alternative facts”. Then, it was Sean Spicer, the press-secretary who can’t handle criticism and throws aggressive tantrums instead (admirable). I’ll dedicate another article to the US President’s choice of staff – but today, I’m going to explain the latest in the Twinkie’s outbursts.
Oh no, what did he do now?
Trump’s issued a media-ban. It’s the freshest off of his catalogue of bans.
Hours after the US President had proclaimed that much of the media is “the enemy of the American people”, access to Spicer became limited. Indeed, on Friday night, 24th of February 2017, journalists from several news outlets were forbidden from being apart of an off-camera press briefing. Instead, a handful of journalists were picked and all belonged to conservative outlets. News portals such as POLITICO, the New York Times, the Guardian and many others, have not only been pegged as “fake news” but have also been denied access to the White House.
What qualifies as “fake news”?
In Trump’s America, ‘fake news’ is that which contradicts the populist and infantile presidential opinion. I would love to report seriously about Trump one day, but I cannot find it within my reasonable capacity to tackle the subject with level-headedness.
No group of journalists have been barred from the White House before. This is definitely not the way to promote a greater America. My theory is that it’s another Trumpish attempt to exhibit Alpha-American grandeur. And, unfortunately, actions like this are what characterise a totalitarian state. He may not realise it, but diversity of press is a good thing. Good criticism, bad criticism, it’s an essential part of the media (and life).
The American people deserve much better than this. A transparent government, accepting of opposing opinion, is what characterises a democracy. Trump is ultimately blocking out freedom of opinion and speech. Citizens are entitled to unbiased media access. What the President doesn’t realise is that he’s no longer a business man trying to promote his product, and by default needs to shut out all destructive criticism. He’s running an entire country and has to consider Civil Rights and Liberties above his economic plan. He cannot just eliminate what he doesn’t agree with.
What’s most worrying is the notion that the current deputy press-secretary, Sarah Huckabee, sees nothing wrong with these methods. In an email she sent on Friday afternoon, defending this drama, Huckabee was reported to have said that “We invited the pool, so everyone was represented”. The pool is a small group of people employed to work at the White House each day, to follow the President and send reports to larger press outlets. “We decided to add a couple of additional people beyond the pool. Nothing more than that”, she later wrote. The invitees, as already mentioned, were the conservative media outlets.
Blocking out reporters belonging to a different side of the political spectrum, is a clear example of how minority rights are time and time again tested and refuted. This situation does not only represent abuse of power from the Trump administration, but it’s also a blatant exhibit of the prohibition of freedom of speech.
Is the lack of political diversity going to be a characteristic of Trump’s presidency?
The U.S should be promoting free media access and press freedom but instead, it’s promoting oppression. Trump might hate China, but he’s fast approaching its governmental methods.
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