Unless you’re receiving the daily emails sent by President Donald Trump and his team to supporters, you’re not getting the full dose of venom that is being directed at the nation’s news media.
A recent email from Trump himself begins, “Friend, I’ve said it before and I will say it again: the Fake News Media is the real opposition.” He goes on to write that media are working “hand-in-hand” with “the Left,” resulting in “an unbelievable lack of journalistic integrity.”
The point of the email was to sell supporters “Fight the Fake News” bumper stickers. Trump claims to be victimized by “a 24/7 barrage of hit jobs (and) fake stories.”
“The future of our great country,” Trump writes in closing, can be protected if enough of these bumper stickers are purchased and displayed.
A few days later, an email from Team Trump carried the subject line, “Official Poll.” It declared: “Regardless of what we accomplish, the Mainstream Media peddles Fake News in order to mislead the American people.”
The poll question was: “Do you think the Mainstream Media’s coverage of President Trump is too negative?”
Note what’s happening here. In the opening sentence supporters are instructed that media “peddles fake news” to mislead them. In the next sentence they are asked whether this is “too negative.” The choices are “yes” or “no.”
The email closes: “The President has asked us to reach out directly to our supporters to let us know what you really think.”
Trump and his cohorts are seeking to brand news organizations as “fake,” just as they branded Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, as “lyin’” and Hillary Clinton as “crooked.” Say it enough, and impressionable supporters take it as gospel.
All this lays the groundwork for the really bad news almost certain to come from investigators looking into election…