And So It Continues …

Yesterday I wrote a post, And So It Begins, about the White House, aka Donald Trump, suspending the press credentials of CNN’s Jim Acosta simply because Acosta had the temerity to ask Trump the tough questions that we should all be asking.  Later in the day, the White House released a manipulated video that attempted to prove their point that Acosta had grabbed the arm of the intern who was trying to take his microphone away from him.  The video was immediately exposed as having been ‘doctored’ by experts and Trump and Sarah Huckabee Sanders were left looking like even bigger fools than before, though I doubt they realized it.

Today, Trump threatened to revoke the credentials of more reporters if they didn’t “treat the White House with respect”.  Anybody feel a chill in the air?  But he didn’t stop there.  No, he went on to hurl criticisms at other reporters … completely unfounded and untrue criticisms.

Of April Ryan, also a CNN reporter, he said …

“You talk about somebody that’s a loser; she doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing. She gets publicity and then she gets a pay raise or a contract with, I think, CNN. But she’s very nasty. And she shouldn’t be. She shouldn’t be. You’ve got to treat the White House and the office of the presidency with respect.”

Might I remind Donald Trump that ‘respect’ is something that must be earned?  In his 22 months in office, not once has Donald Trump treated the press (other than state-run Fox News) with any respect, but rather has taunted and harassed them at every opportunity.  The office of the president was once respected, but frankly Donald Trump has not earned any degree of respect from the press and is well along in the process of sullying the office and the White House.

In response to a question by another reporter, he said …

“What a stupid question that is. What a stupid question. But I watch you a lot — you ask a lot of stupid questions.”

The question was not at all stupid but was concerning whether the Mueller investigation would be ‘reined in’ with the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General.  A valid question and one which we are all asking.

Yesterday, in response to my post about Acosta’s revoked press credentials, a reader commented with the following quote by President Franklin D. Roosevelt:

“Freedom of conscience, of education, of speech, of assembly are among the very fundamentals of democracy and all of them would be nullified should freedom of the press ever be successfully challenged.”

Now do you feel the chill in the air?

24 thoughts on “And So It Continues …

  1. Jill, I have a post coming tomorrow regarding a plea to this President. One thing is for certain, give what the man in the White House says, tweets and does, there are very few stupid questions. Here is something to chew on, what do we call a question about a stupid or untruthful statement made by the US President. For example, his asking Angela Merkel eleven times in one conversation to do a trade deal, only to be told he must deal with the EU ten times before he got it, would it be a stupid question asking why he did not know that or was not listening. Keith

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      • Jill, that may be one of the more telling comments three years ago about Trump made by an attorney who worked with him for years. He said Trump has an unwillingness to learn about the job for which he is interviewing. As noted in Bob Woodward’s “Fear,” Trump is basing his decisions on preconceived notions of over thirty years ago. The world does change. The Merkel example is just one of many. Keith

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  2. Dear Jill,

    There hasn’t been one elected politician who hasn’t complained about the press. But the other president who talked about shutting down the concept of ‘freedom for the press’ was Richard Nixon.

    These paranoid leaders just don’t want their dirty deeds exposed. Unfortunately, that’s what the press does. Why should President Trump get a free card were his actions aren’t scrutinized like every other elected politician?

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • You’re right … every president has had problems with the press from time to time, but they dealt with it, for they respected the Constitution and the value of a free press. Nixon had something to hide, and so does Donald Trump. I hope his dirty laundry is fully aired soon so that his followers and congressional sycophants will have no option but to understand he is not, nor can continue to be, a president. Hugs!

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  3. “If you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press. And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time.” – Sen. John McCain. These words were spoken during a Meet the Press interview on Feb.19, 2017, where the late Sen. McCain went on to add : “That’s how dictators get started.” To Trump, respect is simply his due…he has never earned anything. I would venture to say that there is more than a chill in the air, more like an arctic blast that makes one’s blood run cold. Thank-you!

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  4. Sadly, Jill, in spite of our optimist, loving, democratic hearts and souls, we must accept and understand that it is the same people who will at a job or in a church or club, will stand behind the vilest boss, manager, leader or alpha personality out of fear, the need to belong and the deisre to be in with the ‘big dog’. What makes anyone think politics would be any different? I fear very much at this point for our freedom of everything…

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    • You are so right! I guess we have that idealistic notion that the politicians we elect are above the fray, that they are genuinely interested in ‘doing the right thing’ for the people they are entrusted to represent. But today, we are learning that they are just like anybody else … personal interest comes first, except on the first Tuesday following the first Monday of November in even-numbered years, when for a day, they suddenly have time to listen to us. I share your concerns … our freedoms are being chipped away at with a very large ax, it would seem.

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    • I agree … I’ve said many times that if they gave him zero attention, it would help, for much of his b.s. is simply done to get attention. But … the news media are in it for profit, and, as the old saying goes … “if it bleeds, it leads”, for what people want is controversy, violence, loud and raucous. A statement of our society, don’t you think?

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    • Yes many personalities thrive on public exposure you can see this in the battle for followers on the media platforms. Ask yourself the picture of Mr Trump is known world wide he is a global personality. The other day I heard it said who is there among the Democrats famous and we’ll known enough to stand for president against him.

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