Trump has the right to criticize press

Phillip Weigel


I’ve kept quiet and merely rolled my eyes when I see people in the editorials on Sunday criticize the President, seeing the long letter on August 19th was enough for me to finally speak up.

Yes, President Trump has every right to criticize the press, and no, it’s not an attack on the press. I know that the Minot Daily News wishes to stand in solidarity with their media brethren, but it’s time to lay some facts bare.

Trump’s criticism of the press is just that, criticism. While heated, he hasn’t wiretapped the Associated Press’s phone lines, didn’t threaten a reporter with the Espionage Act because the reporter wouldn’t give up a source on a breaking story and didn’t coin the phrase “fake news” to try and discredit the growing alternative media that you find online everywhere these days. You know who did all of that? President Obama

When Trump calls the media “the enemy of the people” he is talking about CNN mostly. Just since 2016, let’s do a quick run-down of what CNN has done.

1: Donna Brazille, when she was working for CNN, made sure to give Hillary Clinton the debate questions ahead of time when she was to debate Bernie Sanders. Had she done the same for Sanders it would have at least been fair.

2: When Wikileaks published the Podesta emails, CNN went on record to say “you, the viewer, cannot look at the emails as it is illegal, however, it’s different for us, the press,” basically saying “plebeians, don’t look at the emails, let us, your overlords of truth tell you what’s in them.”

3: When a Reddit user posted a .gif of Trump attacking Vince McMahon at Wrestlemania but photoshopped CNN’s logo over Vince’s face, CNN got upset, tracked down the user, contacted him personally and threatened to reveal his private information unless he apologized for what he did and promised to never do it again and even went so far as to hold it over the user’s head that they would reveal his private information in the future if he went back on his word.

4: CNN is suing the judge in the Paul Manafort trial to get the information on the jurors of said trial. Yes, that’s right, CNN wants to make the jurors names public in a case that could very well make people very upset, enough to actually harm the jurors or their families. The judge in that case needs U.S. marshal protection.

And those are just a few examples. You can find a lot more examples on Youtube of CNN cutting guests off if they say things that CNN doesn’t like, usually by “losing the satellite feed” or some such.

If you can read all of that above and say that Trump is in the wrong, I have no idea what to tell you.

I have seen media outlets go to bat for their unethical friends in the media for the past four years and I lost all trust in the mainstream media back on August 28th, 2014.

Don’t make the same mistake, Minot Daily News, you’re still a good newspaper. Don’t defend the unethical outlets just because you’re in the same business.