It looks like the holiday respite for the mainstream media being called out for inaccurate and downright false reporting is over. On Monday, President Donald Trump let loose with a trio of tweets calling out the fifth column of the fourth estate on their fallacious “reporting.”
“[T]he Fake News & totally dishonest Media concerning me and my presidency has never been worse,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Many have become crazed lunatics who have given up on the TRUTH!”
“The Fake News will knowingly lie and demean in order make the tremendous success of the Trump Administration, and me, look as bad as possible,” he added. “They use non-existent sources & write stories that are total fiction.”
“The Fake News Media in our Country is the real Opposition Party,” Trump wrote. “It is truly the Enemy of the People! We must bring honesty back to journalism and reporting!”
…The Fake News will knowingly lie and demean in order make the tremendous success of the Trump Administration, and me, look as bad as possible. They use non-existent sources & write stories that are total fiction. Our Country is doing so well, yet this is a sad day in America!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2019
To what Trump is referring could be anything from the lack of accurate reporting on the economy to the reality of the barrier being built at the southern border to keep out drugs, human trafficking, illegal arms, and much more.
“They don’t like concrete, so we’ll give them steel,” he told reporters at the White House after returning from a meeting at Camp David. “Steel is actually — steel is actually more expensive than concrete, but it will look beautiful and it’s very strong. It’s actually stronger.”
So long as it is effective, Americans don’t particularly care what the wall/fence/barrier looks like or what the building medium and material is. (The mainstream media seriously ignores this fact on a regular basis.)
Whatever is prompting these tweets, the reality is that this mode of communication is unfiltered, which is why Trump and his administration prefer it to the spin of leaving the storytelling to the mainstream media which reports the “news” according to its own agenda.