It is with Nixonian tactics that President Trump attacks the media, calling it “fake news.” Frankly speaking, I do not support this kind of attack on the media. As the son of a celebrated journalist with a distinguished career, and also as the son-in-law of another great journalist, I must say in all honesty that the state of journalism today, both in the United States of America and abroad has fallen into a state of mediocrity, laziness and a desire among journalist to become superstars in the popular culture. Two examples of this desire for superstar status that are easily identifiable are Rachel Maddow and Sean Hannity. Another example would be that bloated windbag Rush Limbaugh.These individuals, rather than presenting the news in a dispassionate, objective nature, choose to cater to a specific media market.
Okay. That being said. I would recommend that President Trump refrain from calling the news media, “fake news.’ It is not fake. Rather, it a sort of demagoguery that without shame seeks to pander to specific market niches. This is harmful to our democracy because the Fourth Estate (that is, the Press) is vouchsafed a place in our society to report dispassionately information that helps support our democracy. Most of today’s journalists are a cabal of self-serving, ambitious social-climbers. It saddens me that for dispassionate news about the USA and abroad, as I must find it, for the most part in foreign news outlets. For fear of reprisals, I will not name these sources, but I will tell you that they included entities who have sacrificed their very lives in an attempt to transmit to the world what is really going on in this country, Russia, the Middle East and Europe.
At this point, I will dispense from criticizing the new media and turn my ire on President Trump. That this man, who is clearly unqualified for the highest office of the land, a minority President with a less that half of the popular vote, should be sitting in the Oval Office, is to me, as an American a source of great shame. Given the fact that he received intelligence from Russian security forces on Hillary Clinton’s campaign makes him the embodiment of America’s worst nightmare, that is, the Manchurian Candidate. That he has no understanding of our Constitution, that he has allowed members of his own family to sit in positions of great power, that his own wife, the first foreign-born First Lady of the United States, that he is shattering alliances (NATO, for example) prove that he is unfit for office. This very last point, his disavowal of NATO clearly indicates that he is in the hands of Russia and Putin. Don’t be surprised when Russia invades the Baltic States and other former Republics of the Soviet Union. It will be the fulfillment of Russian/Putin/Soviet desires to reclaim their old empire.
In summation, I share Trump’s dislike of the news media, but for different reasons. He claims that (like Nixon) that they are “out to get him.” Honestly, I just think that they are a polarizing, self-serving cabal of lazy social-climbers. Some of them attack him because it caters to a segment of our society that hates him. Others support him because, for the same reasons as the previously mentioned “journalists,” they simply seek accolades from the Right-wing. My only hope, at this point, rests with Congress and the Supreme Court. Given our Constitution, that promises checks and balances, Trump will be a one-term President.
For more than that, I doubt if he will finish his first term. Why? Well, first of all, the office of President requires a great deal of work. Given the state of his predecessors who left office aged many years, I think it is more than likely that Trump will bail out of office because it is just too-hard work. Also, given the pile of scandalous material that is being gathered against him, I think he would rather bow out than face public scrutiny of his malfeasance. Why didn’t he release his tax records? Why is he meeting with high-level Russian diplomats (aka Security forces) in secret without the presence of the White House press corp? Why have so many people connected with his Administration been forced to resign and are now the target of inquiry by both Congress and our newly appointed Independent Prosecutor?
Get ready for President Pence. Doesn’t he look presidential?