The tiff between President Donald Trump and major media organizations — the “fake media,” as he claims — is getting more serious day by day.
In fact, after the controversial Muslim ban, his administration is all set to make headlines with a news ban.
“We’re sending surrogates to places where we think it makes sense to promote our agenda,” a White House official said, indicating they believe CNN has been unfair to them, officially icing the media giant out from further administrative voices.
From the former reality TV star’s bid for presidency up to the time he was sworn in to every day following his inauguration, the Trump team has been on a raging a war of words with the media houses who disagree with business mogul’s rhetoric (and the crowd-size at his inauguration).
Hence, this statement does not come across as a surprise.
It sounds unbelievable considering the bedrock of the First Amendment, but the current America doesn’t really look like a country for free press. Trump has continued blasting CNN as “fake news" after his inauguration.
Earlier, his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, ordered the media to “shut its mouth” and “listen for a while.” He also made claims that the media was the opposition party, unable to understand what America and Trump stand for.
But what does he stand for? For ruling out democracy and dictating the media?
However, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer denied that CNN was being iced out.
Speaking at an event at the George Washington University, he pointed out that he has answered the network’s questions in the regular daily briefings — but he had something to add.
"I'm not going to sit around and engage with people who have no desire to actually get something right," said Spicer.
Only time will tell what free press stands for with the current administration. But the efforts to curtail the voices of many media houses are on an upswing.
Banner/Spotlight Credits: Reuters