It has been clear from even before the November election that Donald Trump and his ilk do not care about the truth, the law, or the American people. It’s also been clear for awhile that while the mainstream and mostly reliable media has its faults it is also determined to point out the lies and chaos of the Trump administration. What’s now become clear is that, bit by bit, the Trump administration — as run by racist, Nazi pieces of garbage like Steve Bannon and manipulative liars like Kellyanne Conway — is trying to destroy the United States as we know it. Their weapon, even more than the gas lighting and bullying, is the undermining of the media.
Yesterday, they went after CNN.
I have a weird relationship with CNN. I love to watch it. I had it playing nearly nonstop in my hospital room while I was in labor and had I not ultimately needed a c-section my son probably would have been born to the sounds of the overnight broadcasters reporting on the then-upcoming election. I also loathe Don Lemon (in my book he is not a journalist) and go through fits of yelling at CNN for not being real journalism. Too many pundits, not enough journalists. But what I love about CNN is that I can rely on it. They cover a story until its threadbare and lately, they’ve been calling out Conway and the rest of Trump’s idiot puppet brigade for their bullshit. And by bullshit I mean that Conway is a lying sack of shit. That’s not an “alternative fact.” That’s the truth.
But even if CNN is not my number one choice of news, they are important. And now Bannon and Co. have decided they aren’t going to speak with CNN anymore, at least in regards to having people come on air. Why? CNN doesn’t “promote the Trump agenda.”
Read that again and slowly. The Trump administration is not having people speak to a member of the media because that member of the media refuses to promote/endorse them.
I went to journalism school. I have a degree in journalism. I worked as a newspaper and radio journalist for three years. I covered 9/11 and still have nightmares about how wild the AP wire went that day. I was once reprimanded by a supervisor for not “going easy” on a local politician when they spoke openly, but foolishly, about an issue. I still live by the principles I was taught: a journalist’s job is to tell the truth, even if it’s uncomfortable, and give the public a chance to see the information and decide for themselves. The journalist is the Fourth Estate. The government has checks and balances but the media has the job of keeping a light on those checks and balances as a fail safe. We’re the torch. We light the dark corners.
Journalism’s job is not to promote anyone’s agenda. It’s not it’s job to be partisan (which is why I don’t consider Fox News to be “news”.) Journalism is not to tell people what to think but to give them information so they can think for themselves. We are, in a real sense, passionate researchers who live to have people take what we find and use it. Human wastes like Conway, Spicer, Bannon, and Trump don’t like real journalist and the media because when we’re doing our job we’re exposing them for what they are: wanna be dictators and fascists with no interest in making anything great again. And since they can’t shut us, specifically CNN, up the plan is to shut us out in favor of those outlets willing to sell their souls to be propaganda.
It’s all part of the plan: undermine America by taking away the truth. Chip away at the truth and our rights. Disregard our government and our governing documents. Eventually, they’ll start removing our freedoms because they’re starting with freedom of the press. And what’s the end goal? Overthrowing the Constitution? I’m starting to worry that that’s the case.
CNN doesn’t need them to come chat in order for CNN to keep reporting. And people like me are going to keep shouting about these almost crimes. They may be trying to take away our freedoms but I’m not letting go without a fight. Resist Trump and Bannon and these liars. Read and consume a diversity of news sources. Spout truth at every opportunity. Do not let them replace facts with propaganda. Do not let them shut us down.