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Trump's escalates his war on the media; viciously attacks Americans' social safety net

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Message Michael Payne

Trump continues to call the mainstream media 'the enemy of the people." That is, of course, an outrageous, ridiculous statement. While it's no secret that Americans have lost a great deal of respect for the media, they should keep in mind that it is still the main barrier standing in the way of those who would create an American fascist state.

While many Americans don't like some of the things that various entities in this media do and stand for, just think of what it would be like living in an America where they were silenced and muzzled and became nothing more than a mouthpiece for the U.S. government. If Trump and those around him could have their way we would be racing down that road right now, Many Americans are convinced that we are well down that road already.

There is this cherry tree myth whereby President George Washington, when he was a young boy, said, "I cannot tell a lie"I did cut it down with my hatchet." In the case of Donald Trump he is someone that is a master of the art of lying and that's no myth.

Trump declared war on the media, a monumental mistake to be sure. He has a great need to constantly confront and try to discredit the media; his intense hatred of it is s part of his psyche. He sees the media as a huge obstacle standing in his way and he wants to knock it down and move it out of his way.

Someone should have reminded him of old saying, "Don't ever start a fight that you can't finish." And especially one in which your enemy has a lot more firepower than you. The media has the capability of taking Trump down if they keep gathering evidence of either his or his advisers' possible illegal connections with Russia and his possible obstruction of justice in this matter.

CNN, MSNBC and other important news outlets are working 24/7 to monitor everything Trump or one of his White House cohorts says or does. Is Fox News doing the same thing? Forget about that "unfair and unbalanced" TV version of Breitbart News that goes from one sex scandal to another; there are no journalists there, only cub reporters.

How many times, as we watch TV news channels, do we see the words BREAKING NEWS suddenly flash onto our screens? It's almost non-stop and almost all about Trump, Jared Kushner, Michael Flynn and others.

The vast majority of guests who appear on the panels, I'd say 90% or more of them, are making the case against Trump and few if any are defending his bizarre behavior and reckless actions.

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