For those of us in the Alt-media world, it’s easy to be amused by the unfolding, take-no-prisoners war between President Elect Donald Trump and the Mainstream (Fake) Media – case in point, Trump’s first official press conference and shouting match with CNN’s Jim Acosta, where Trump called CNN “Fake News!”
Unfortunatley, this is just the beginning of a year that is bound to be ugly and contentious. I suspect the media wars are going to get full on crazy as we enter a period of unraveling and slow disclosure. And while we might be amused by the infighting and mudslinging, it is probably best to stand outside of it and try to rise above it.
In what has already become an ugly war of words, I believe Trump will ultimately win. Had CNN played it smart, acted professional, and just waited for Trump to screw up before pouncing, they would be in control of the narrative. However, since the embarassment of the election, the MSM has come unhinged. The crazier their narrative becomes, the quicker they descend into madness and lose all credibilty. They are digging themselves a grave from which they will not easily escape. And because they are in the business of making money, I suspect it wont be long before their corporate overlords clean house, restaff with new reporters, and try a different approch before their ratings become a national joke.
Trump is also backed into a corner at this point. His ego is such, that the more he is attacked, the more he feels the need to respond. So while it has been conventional wisdom for Presidents to remain cool, hold their cards close, and avoid controversy, Trump will undoubtably smash convention with every personal attack. And I believe this dynamic will end up pushing greater disclosure into the public domain. An open war between Trump and the MSM will only lead to greater awakening in the USA.
It is going to be a year of fireworks and insanity, so buckle your seatbeats.
Trump Blasts CNN’s “FAKE NEWS”, Says “Credibility Will Soon Be Gone!”
Source: Zero Hedge
One day after totally shutting down CNN’s Jim Acosta at his first press conference as President-elect, Trump continues to hammer CNN tweeting that they’re “in a total meltdown with their FAKE NEWS because their ratings are tanking since election and their credibility will soon be gone!”
.@CNN is in a total meltdown with their FAKE NEWS because their ratings are tanking since election and their credibility will soon be gone!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2017
Of course this is likely, at least in part, a reaction to a clash that occured last night between CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Kellyanne Conway in which Cooper, despite his network’s clear reporting errors, said “I think you guys are feeling the heat. [Our report] was actually backed up by not only by multiple sources but other news agencies.” Of course, Conway was quick to shut down Cooper’s deflection:
“What heat do we feel? That you’ve got this raw information, this complete ridiculous fake news?”
“I know CNN must be feeling the heat today of having a headline yesterday at around 6:30 p.m. that said, quote, ‘Intel chiefs presented Trump with information that Russia had information to compromise him. That is just false.”
“It has not been backed up by credible news sources. Actually, it’s just fake, it’s not even news, I can’t even use ‘news’ for it.”
Anderson Cooper and Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway clash over Russia reports. https://t.co/yxujGpevM2
— CNN (@CNN) January 12, 2017
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For those who missed it, here are the epic exchanges from yesterday.
In an epic (mutual) trolling between president-elect Trump on one hand and BuzzFeed and CNN, on the other, the two media organizations which issued yesterday’s unsubstantiated report about Russia having compromising information on the president-elect, Trump first addressed the question of why he referred to Nazi Germany, saying it is “disgraceful” that intelligence communities would allow the release of any information. “That’s something Nazi Germany would have done and did do,” he says.
He then unleashed on Buzzfeed which alone published the 35-page memo behind the Russian allegations, saying “Buzzfeed which is a failing pile of garbage… will suffer the consequences”
And then, in an even more stunning episode, Trump slammed CNN reporter Jim Acosta, who he also called out during the presser over their report on a two-page synopsis they claim was presented to Trump.
With Trump looking to call on other reporters, Jim Acosta yelled out, “Since you are attacking us, can you give us a question?”
“Not you,” Trump said. “Your organization is terrible!”
Acosta pressed on, “You are attacking our news organization, can you give us a chance to ask a question, sir?” Trump countered by telling him “don’t be rude.”
“I’m not going to give you a question,” Trump responded. “Don’t be rude. I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news!” Trump responded, before calling on a reporter from Breitbart.
A snubbed Jim Acosta then tweeted the following: “Fortunately ABC’s Cecilia Vega asked my question about whether any Trump associates contacted Russians. Trump said no.”
Fortunately ABC’s Cecilia Vega asked my question about whether any Trump associates contacted Russians. Trump said no.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 11, 2017
Trump also had some “kind words” for the BBC:
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These exchanges followed an initial statement by Trump spokesman Sean Spicer who said that “for all the talk lately about ‘fake news,’ this political witch hunt by some in the media…is frankly shameful & disgraceful…. Highly irresponsible for a left-wing blog… to drop highly salacious and flat out false information on the Internet.”
Following this, we expect the war between Trump and the media in general, or at least CNN in particular, to reach biblical proportions.