By Bobby M.
Had the mainstream media just covered Trump correctly, we would not be in this mess to begin with regarding “Alternative Facts” usage by the new administration? So forgive me if I do not shed a tear for them now that they are in a tricky position when it comes to covering this White House. At least now the press is figuring out that Trump and his propaganda machine are about obscuring the truth as much as possible, so there has been some good to come out of all of this.
For example, CNN decided to run Sean Spicer’s first press conference on tape delay with commentary usage for fact checking. That needs to become a mandate for all networks until those with Trump and those speaking for him can be proven not to lie. Also, Spicer needs to be questioned extensively every time he puts out his disinformation to the public because it is our interests that need to be protected and proper journalism is the only thing that can make that happen.
Then there is Kellyanne Conway. Why is the press suddenly surprised with her recent claims of “alternative facts”? This is the exact same thing, minus the actual usage of the phrase, she has done since taking a job with Donald Trump. Or could they not figure that out until she put a name to what she had been doing all along? I guess we should not look a gift horse in the mouth regarding the media finally figuring her out because it is leading people to say she should not be televised ever again. The more people that figure this out, the better.
That same theory that is getting louder to not put Conway on television should be applied to all of the other right-wing pundits, i.e. sycophants, that have infested cable news on Donald Trump’s behalf too. They do all of the very same things Kellyanne does, minus the publicity. Kicking them off of the air and having them replaced with fact checking commentary would be a much better way to serve our country.
We cannot hope that Trump’s team will change their ways when it comes to propaganda and it is stupid to think otherwise since they did the exact same thing all throughout the election campaign. And given the mandate they attempted to decree regarding the inauguration numbers, along with new claims of why he lost the popular vote, odds are much of their act will be to just try to satisfy his ego. We the people are not here to serve his ego, we are here for him to serve our common good as a country.