In a fit of Twitter rage on Thursday morning, President Donald Trump suggested that Congress buck the First Amendment and begin investigating American media outlets, which he blanket labeled as “fake news.”
The president’s recent outburst against the media follows Senate Intelligence Committee leadership announcing that its investigation confirms the intelligence community evaluation that Russia’s government attempted to influence the 2016 election.
Trump, who has a unfriendly affair with the free press, in his latest torrent of affects, think this is referring to an NBC News report that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson conceived renouncing earlier this summer-something he repudiated- and called the president a “moron.”
“Why Isn’t the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much better of our information is just made up-FAKE! ” Trump tweeted, an hour subsequently contributing: “Rex Tillerson never threatened to quit. This is Fake News put out by @NBCNews. Low news and reporting rules. No proof from me.”
Why Isn’t the Senate Intel Committee looking forward to the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much better of our report is just made up-FAKE!
— Donald J. Trump (@ realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2017
Rex Tillerson never threatened to quit. This is Fake News put out by @NBCNews. Low news and reporting rules. No verification from me.
-- Donald J. Trump (@ realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2017
The Senate Intelligence Committee is only one of several federal entities investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and probable deceit between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russian spies.
In a roundabout way, Trump is actually getting his intention. The Senate Intelligence Committee is probing real phony information( not the “fake news” Trump announces every legend he doesn’t like ). The committee is reviewing ads purchased by Russian-backed Facebook accounts that spewed misinformation on social media-where countless Americans try news-in the run-up to the election.
Trump constantly galas the press--he infamously called the only job explicitly protected by the Constitution the “enemy of the American people”--but his war against the media seems to be losing its cache.
A poll by Reuters and Ipsos witnessed 48 percent of Americans have a “great deal” or “some” confidence in the media, up from 39 percent in November following Trump’s election. Meanwhile, the percentage of Americans who had “hardly any” confidence in the press fell from 51 percentage in November to 45 percentage now.