By now I am sure you have heard Trump in his Florida rally complaining about the press for doing exactly what an alert and dutiful press is supposed to do: pointing out his lies whenever he tells them (ie. every day). He has also complained extensively about this on Twitter and on other occasions, including his megalomaniac “All negative polls are fake news” quote.
For contrast, I want to put Trump’s attitude toward the press side by side with the attitude of a real American President towards the press, a President who in one of his most famous speeches – his Address to the ANPA - warned America precisely about the danger of those who behave like Trump and his team, and about the very necessity of the press to be especially vigilant in face of such forces:
“We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it.
… And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment.
If you are awaiting a finding of “clear and present danger,” then I can only say that the danger has never been more clear
and its presence has never been more imminent.
… Its preparations are concealed, not published.
Its mistakes are buried, not headlined.
Its dissenters are silenced, not praised.
No expenditure is questioned,
no rumor is printed,
no secret is revealed.
No President should fear public scrutiny of his program. For from that scrutiny comes understanding; and from that understanding comes support or opposition. And both are necessary.
(“I also want to speak to you without the filter of the fake news.” – Donald Trump)
… This Administration intends to be candid about its errors; for as a wise man once said: “An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.”
(“The White House is running smoothly. So smoothly.” – Donald Trump)
We intend to accept full responsibility for our errors; and we expect you to point them out when we miss them.
(“They have been calling us wrong now for two years. They don’t get it.” – Donald Trump)
Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed … that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment– … not to simply give the public what it wants
(“They have their own agenda and their agenda is not your agenda.” – Donald Trump)
–but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.” – John F. Kennedy
(“We are not going to let the fake news tell us what to do, how to live or what to believe.” – Donald Trump)
So there you have it. And now let me conclude with a brief but important excerpt from one journalist:
“He has a lot of supporters who don’t think before they act, and they have a lot of guns.”
If you are a lefitst, please arm yourself and tell all other leftists you know to arm themselves ASAP. Really.