On February 17 President Trump posted a tweet saying that the media, singling out several prominent outlets, “is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People.”
President Trump is not the first President to have issues with the media, and he won’t be the last. However, the vitriol being heaped on the media by the President is unprecedented and dangerous.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
President Trump can not help being who he is. He’s a showman and a businessman who’s become President.
The problem is that he seems to have forgotten that’s he’s no longer a media celebrity on TV. He’s the President.
He has crossed a line though. The media is not the enemy. The media has a job to do, which is to report the truth.
President Trump called out the New York Times, NBC, ABC, CBS, and CNN as purveyor’s of fake news and the enemy of the American people. These mainstream media outlets are not the enemy. They do not knowingly report news that is not factual.
There most certainly are biased media outlets who support both the left and right. Some of those make clear distinctions that they support the left or the right, while other biased news outlets don’t. They lie, obfuscate and try to confuse people.
President Trump is unlike any other modern leader in American politics. His style confounds and scares people many people. For others, his style is refreshing and they love him, no matter what he says.
The good news is that America has a system of checks and balances.
Regardless of what President Trump says or wants to do, he must act within a system of checks and balances. He must work with Congress, he must work with the States, and he must work with the judiciary.
However, his words not only have meaning, they spur people into action.
When he attacks a media outlet then his followers will follow suit. That’s where it gets dangerous.
The media can only hope that President Trump’s comments become more measured. Otherwise, it’s only a matter of time before one of his followers acts out before thinking, and someone gets hurt.