President Donald Trump is not shy about saying what he thinks. Not at all. Over the years just about everything he says that is considered to be outrageous when it is said or Tweeted turns out to be true.
So, when the president led off his vaunted Social Media Summit with a Tweetstorm that included the prediction that the “fake news” industry, most likely the mainstream media, will die when he leaves office, people all over the fruited plain about dropped their smartphones.
“The White House will be hosting a very big and very important Social Media Summit today. Would I have become President without Social Media? Yes (probably)! At its conclusion, we will all go to the beautiful Rose Garden for a News Conference on the Census and Citizenship.” Trump began. “A big subject today at the White House Social Media Summit will be the tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression practiced by certain companies. We will not let them get away with it much longer. The Fake News Media will also be there, but for a limited period.”
He continued: “The Fake News is not as important, or as powerful, as Social Media. They have lost tremendous credibility since that day in November, 2016, that I came down the escalator with the person who was to become your future First Lady,” Trump tweeted. (The president apparently confused his dates, as the escalator ride he referenced happened in June 2015 when he announced his presidential bid.)
“When I ultimately leave office in six years, or maybe 10 or 14 (just kidding), they will quickly go out of business for lack of credibility, or approval, from the public. That’s why they will all be Endorsing me at some point, one way or the other.”
Some of us would pay big money to see Joe Scarborough, among other television news personalities, endorse the president.
In the meantime, the news industry is busy doing damage to itself on a number of levels, fake news or not. That much is true. As for them going out of business…we’ll see.