Press Is Free, Fake News Media Is Opposition Party: Trump

President Donald Trump. Photo: White House
President Donald Trump. Photo: White House

As Trump is spending sleepless nights because of Russia probe, it is believed that he is also suffering from an acute mental illness. If that is true, he can order the arrest and imprisonment of journalists under sedition charges.

By Rakesh Raman

President Donald Trump – who is the enemy of free press – said today that he is in favor of press freedom, but fake news is pushing a political agenda. He added that the fake news media is the opposition party.

Trump’s statement shows that it has become his habit to attack press freedom in America without explaining his definition of “fake news.” As Trump is not an intellectual, he thinks the critical truth that appears in the press is fake news.

The trouble is that he is surrounded by his toadies who never try to educate Trump about the functioning of the press and its freedom.

He is not only being condemned in the U.S., but his misbehavior toward press is now disturbing the rights outfits that promote democratic systems.

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Of late, UN and Inter-American experts on freedom of expression condemned Trump’s repeated attacks on the free press and urged him and his administration to cease efforts to undermine the media’s role of holding government accountable, honest, and transparent.

Trump – who keeps cursing media outlets that carry critical stories exposing his wrongdoings – often vents out his anger on his bêtes noires The New York Times and The Washington Post, besides TV channels such as CNN.

“They will both be out of business in 7 years!,” Trump says about these newspapers, without explaining how he calculated the 7 years that they will take to go out of business.

He also has said that Times and Post quote anonymous sources that in his opinion do not exist. But Trump fails to understand that his opinion has no value in a newspaper’s editorial work.

Trump’s Disturbance

Trump is largely disturbed by the truthful media reports which inform about Trump-Russia ties that allegedly helped Trump win the 2016 presidential race.

Now special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has entered the White House and he is soon expected to interrogate Trump. Many of Trump’s associates are already in Mueller’s dragnet. In all probability, Trump will soon be indicted.

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The chattering classes believe that since Trump does not want his notional, imaginary base to trust the news stories about Mueller’s investigation, he is raising doubts about the sanctity of newspapers and TV networks that are bringing truth in front of the people at large.

If Mueller’s investigation found that Trump is a culprit, Trump will ask his base not to trust the findings of the investigation which will then be reported aggressively by the journalists.

Trump says that public opinion has turned strongly against the “Rigged Witch Hunt” and the special counsel Mueller because the public understands that there was no collusion with Russia.

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The fact is that there is no such “public opinion” that Trump keeps saying. Actually, the American public will never like to have a crook – who allegedly won with Russia’s support – as their President.

As Trump is spending sleepless nights because of Russia probe, it is believed that he is also suffering from an acute mental illness. If that is true, he can order the arrest and imprisonment of journalists under sedition charges.

Of late, over two dozen psychiatrists and psychologists found that Trump is dangerously mentally ill and that he presents a clear danger to the nation.

In a new book titled “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,” 27 psychiatrists and mental health experts have assessed the mental state of Trump.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society.

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