DONALD TRUMP AND THE MEDIA
Donald Trump and the Press.By PyroRozeIs Donald Trump the first President to have issues with the Press actions in covering his Administration? Does the press hold Any responsibility to actually tell the truth ?
Is Trump the first President to call the Press out on the carpet? You may be suprised by the answers I found. I think FDR put it best when he said “Freedom of the press is essential to the preservation of a democracy; but there is a difference between freedom and license. Editorialists who tell downright lies in order to advance their own agendas do more to discredit the press than all the censors in the world.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
FDR also stated “Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1941). “Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: F.D. Roosevelt, 1939, Volume 8”, p.557,
At this point, I am not going to start posting the downright falsehoods of the Press in these days of “instant news”, half truths and biased agendas by some members of the Press, I would be here for weeks writing a very long novel. I am pretty sure any readers of this article are astute enough to know when they are being lied to. Is there any happy medium where as Americans we can be JUST given facts and allowed to make up our own minds on what to believe? In our current Political climate, I am not sure where we can even start.
*Here are more comments made about the Press by American Presidents.
“The press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson (2010). “The Works of Thomas Jefferson, Vol. X (in 12 Volumes): Correspondence and Papers 1803-1807”, p.368, Cosimo, Inc
“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
“Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson, Jerry Holmes (2002). “Thomas Jefferson: A Chronology of His Thoughts”, p.71, Rowman & Littlefield
*Am I calling to muzzle the press, no, it would just be nice to see more Honesty from the “Mainstream Media” Quit telling us what to think, just give us the honest unbiased facts and let me think for myself.
“Absolute freedom of the press to discuss public questions is a foundation stone of American liberty.” ~ Herbert Hoover
“Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policy among free men.” ~ Herbert Hoover
Herbert Hoover (1952). “40 Key Questions about Our Foreign Policy: Answered in Important Addresses and Statements Delivered Between 1941 and 1952”
and by far his most important quote“The durability of free speech and free press rests on the simple concept that it search for the truth and tell the truth.” ~ Herbert Hoover
Herbert Hoover (1938). “Addresses upon the American road” From JFK : (unsourced) I do ask every publisher, every editor, and every newsman in the nation to reexamine his own standards, and to recognize the nature of our country’s peril. In time of war, the government and the press have customarily joined in an effort based largely on self-discipline, to prevent unauthorized disclosures to the enemy. In time of “clear and present danger,” the courts have held that even the privileged rights of the First Amendment must yield to the public’s need for national security.
“If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: ‘President Can’t Swim.'” ~ Lyndon B. Johnson
“Biography/Personal Quotes”. www.imdb.com.
*Having been alive through a few Presidents, I can clearly see where The MSM has treated some Presidents to more criticism and hectoring than others. We have had a few who could do what they wanted with Impunity and not a word was said about it, except by a few brave souls who called it for what they saw it was and were promptly shut down by the growing PC culture. As granted under the first amendment we can say what we want, and better be prepared to defend our stance, from possible backlash. What am I saying, from definite backlash from someone who doesn’t agree and will do everything they can to make your life a living hell for having a different opinion. This is what a few US Presidents, including our current one faced on a daily basis. Take a stroll back through History to see if I am right.
Now, in regards to our current President, His quotes on the same site I got the other quotes from are not as deep, weighty and meaningful. They are however Honest. It may come as a suprise to some people, but that is exactly why we voted for him. We didn’t want another “career politician” in office, we weren’t looking to get a Spiritual mentor and we weren’t looking for someone to go to other countries and apologize for us. We were looking to get someone who could get our economy back on track, strengthen our borders and enforce current immigration laws. We also KNEW and accepted that he was not going to be a “politically correct” man. To be honest, I didn’t care too much, then I started listening to his speeches and realized the underlying message was that he would fight for me as an American Citizen. I am a Libertarian so I liked the idea of less Government regulations, tax breaks etc…. Having grown up in the American Southwest, I’ve seen what unchecked immigration has done to our Country, I am all for immigration, just do it legally.
In closing, Trump is just as hard on the Press as other Presidents have been, especially when the microscope has been turned on them for one reason or another. He isn’t using big fancy words to placate the Press for “nicer” coverage or anything. He reacts to them the same way we “average” Americans would… He is one of us, which is his appeal. Don’t understand why he does things the way he does? Go read “Art of the Deal”
“I was relentless, even in the face of total lack of encouragement, because much more often than you’d think, sheer persistence is the difference between success and failure.” ~ Donald Trump
Donald J. Trump, Tony Schwartz (2009). “Trump: The Art of the Deal”, p.147, Ballantine Books