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Daily Trump Tracker: Ramping up the war on media

The President delivers a by-the-books screed while criticizing the FBI in another news-packed day from the Trump White House


 
U.S. President Donald Trump gestures on stage during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (Eric Thayer/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures on stage during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (Eric Thayer/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

You’re not on the list

President Trump’s administration was handpicking which news outlets were not allowed to attend a media session with White House spokesperson Sean Spicer. Among those not invited to the Q&A on Friday reportedly included the New York Times, Politico, the Hill, Buzzfeed, The Daily Mail, New York Daily News, CNN, L.A. Times and BBC. Those still on the list of invitees included the far-right wing Breitbart News and One America News Network. Both the Associated Press and Time magazine were allowed to join, but declined to attend in protest.

Deja vu

Donald Trump’s speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday was mostly a greatest-hits version of his typical campaign rally: CNN is “fake news,” his election victory was huge, there’s violence in Chicago, NAFTA is horrible, he’ll repeal Obamacare and that wall along the U.S.-Mexico border that will start “way ahead of schedule.” And what would a Trump rally be without those classic chants of “lock her up!” directed at Hillary Clinton.

Dumping on FBI leaks

Trump’s latest efforts to find out who’s leaking information to the media about his team being in contact with Russian intelligence officials during the election campaign involved tweeting his displeasure with the FBI on Friday morning for being unable to “find the leakers within the FBI itself.”

He followed that up at his CPAC speech, saying journalists should not be allowed to use anonymous sources. And then he told a story about how his friend “Jim”—a “substantial guy”—who doesn’t vacation in to Paris anymore because it’s not the same as it once was. If only Jim had a last name.

Refusing to refute

In another effort to stomp out negative attention surrounding news stories about the Trump allies being in contact with Russian intelligence, the Associated Press reported that Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus asked a top FBI official to refute the news reports about the alleged communication between both sides. According to CNN, the FBI turned away the request.


 

Daily Trump Tracker: Ramping up the war on media

  1. How long before America wakes up to the fact that they are getting conned?? Now he’s blocking the press from the White House? Who the *&^ does he think he is? And this whole notion of screaming “fake news” everyday is getting a bit tired. Especially coming from a man who apparently had ‘numerous unnamed sources’ claiming that Obama was not born in the US. He spent years on this false claim.

  2. With only a 38% approval rating and a 55% disapproval rating you have to wonder why he is doubling down on his obviously poor performance. I can answer that. He is stupid.

    • I am not a Trump fan but he has a point, I know we are not getting the objective facts but popular opinions.
      They are definitely biased against him but I am talking about some of the points he is trying to make not him.
      He wasn’t talking about 1 specific incident in Sweden but thousands as can be seen in a Swedish documentary.
      A country who used to average less than 500 rapes a year to over 6500 in 2016 many gang rapes and rapes of 12 and 14 year olds assaults and robberies skyrocketed. The mainstream media the government on all levels are trying to downplay for various reasons. A vast, vast majority by new comers and a lot undocumented. It’s happening in other European countries too but again trying to be downplayed and not reported by authorities to stop panic and downplay the Government mistakes.
      This has happened many times in the past in free America and Europe.
      Look at the atrocities that went on for decades until Dr. King finally got the mainstream media to accurately report on what was happening, he shamed them into reporting the truth, so tell me again this is free media and not manipulated by all levels of government and popular opinions. I believe Germany had a similar problem years ago, maybe history does repeat itself.
      I challenge you to look at some of the objective on the ground reporting the old fashioned way, by checking out the internet sources that the governments around the world are trying to control while you still can and then form an informed opinion.

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