CPAC 2017: Trump Hits Unfair Media


CPAC 2017 was a different experience then my previous visits to the premier conservative event on the convention schedule. As I dipped my toe in the shark filled waters of hardcore political activism for the first time in 2015, I found an event where seemingly in attendance had a passion to affect change. Whether they were situated on the extreme right, libertarian leaning or moderate folks closer to the middle, they came to be heard among their peers.

Where CPAC 2015 and 2016 found many candidate and issue driven activists with the looming 2016 election on the horizon the 2017 edition was dominated by the recent theme of President Trump verses what he considers to be an unfair and unethical media.

“A few days ago I called the fake news the enemy of the people, and they are, they are the enemy of the people, Because they have no sources, they just make them up when there are none.”

The President was quick to defend what he considers honest and fair news organizations:

“I’m not against the media, I’m not against the press, I don’t mind bad stories if I deserve them, And I tell you I love good stories, but I don’t get too may of them. But I am only against the fake news media or press.”

President Donald Trump used an estimated 15 minute portion of his speech to continue this feud with the media regarding what he considers unfair coverage of the new Whitehouse. While discussing the “Russia Controversy” and the rumors that have dogged the new administration as to whether members of his staff had communicated with Russian officials the President stated:

“I’m against the people that make up stories and make up sources. They shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name. Let their name be put out there. Let their name be put out. ‘A source says that Donald Trump is a horrible, horrible human being.’ Let ’em say it to my face. Let there be no more sources.”

Regarding the 1st Amendment, which many journalists have invoked while defending what some call questionable integrity in reporting Trump said in a condescending voice:

“They say we can’t criticize their false stories because of the First Amendment. They always bring up the First Amendment, I love the First Amendment, who uses it more than I do?”

As Trump continues to punch back against biased sources we will see if it has any effect on the was his presidency is covered. What do you think about the mainstream medias treatment of the new administration? Let us know in the comments section below.



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