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Trump suggests revoking credentials of reporters over 'fake news'

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Administration officials can now use Periscope, YouTube, or other social media to connect directly with the people so they no longer need the corporate media as a filter or medium. They should dissolve the White House press pool.

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So the orange man baby wants reporters who only writes positive things about him, that’s kind of an impossibility!

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Except the one who graduated from the Trump University!

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In his latest volley against the free press, President Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested that reporters have their credentials revoked for reporting negative news about him, calling such reporting "fake."

The world's littlest dictator is throwing his toys out of the pram because some reporters accurately reported on his incompetence. Funny how just yesterday the usual suspects were here claiming the US to be the country with the most freedom on Earth, even as ole' Prez spanky threatens to violate the 1st Amendment.

What may get lost here though, is Trumpy openly admitting that he calls news "fake" just because it reflects poorly on him.

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Here's a thought...stop doing stuff that makes for negative stories. Instead of ignoring Puerto Rico's on-going crisis, fix it. Instead of allowing corrupt officials like Pruitt and Zinke to stay, fire 'em. Instead of pretending to be president, resign. You'll get tons of positive press.

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In his latest volley against the free press, President Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested that reporters have their credentials revoked for reporting negative news about him, calling such reporting "fake.

Revoking credentials of people who report negatively on him??.... textbook actions of a budding tyrant and dictator...

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In his latest volley against the free press, President Donald Trump

showed once again he’s emulating Putin, Xi, Erdogan and other leaders of totalitarian regimes who've restricted what media are allowed to report.

Trump and the Republicans continue to undermine the cornerstones of the remaining bits of American democracy, doing what they can to ensure US corporations and the .01% have even greater control over the country.

While Trump’s providing all sorts of distractions to cover his criminal past, he and the GOP are weakening the judiciary and law enforcement so they have fewer ways to check potential illegal activities, trying to restrict media from reporting anything critical of the GOP and the corporations that sponsor Republican politicians, weakening environmental protections, weakening consumer protections, and weakening worker’s rights. 

Trump and the GOP’s latest cry: AUTHORITARIAN CAPITALISM NOW. (capitalist enterprises except for-profit media)

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@Crazyjoe

That would be the logical thing for a normal person with a shred of dignity and integrity to do but ... we are talking about an Individual who has demonstrated time after time that he is definitely not one who has those qualities.

it’s like waving meat in front of a hungry carnivorous animal and expecting them to not eat it in the case of trump.

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Here's a thought...stop doing stuff that makes for negative stories. Instead of ignoring Puerto Rico's on-going crisis, fix it. Instead of allowing corrupt officials like Pruitt and Zinke to stay, fire 'em. Instead of pretending to be president, resign. You'll get tons of positive press.

So what will the liberal looney press do now?? Block off all rooftops.

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I remember the campaign thinking what an amusing footnote in history this would be.

I remember after the inauguration thinking how much damage could Trump really do.

This type of action is exactly the sort of thing we need to guard against. Whether I agree with all the talking heads or not, this is one degree from muzzling unfavorable press.

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What’s trumps next ambition?

Jailing people who didn’t vote for him executing anyone who disagrees with him?

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This is how tyrants operate. But it doesn't happen in a vacuum, they gather the people up in a wave of nationalism. Demonise the press, foreigners and political opponents.

Don't believe it? Read a bit of history.

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They should dissolve the White House press pool.

See also historical terms such as "liquidate".

Dangerous times, the disease of nationalism is spreading. Threats to journalists are increasing. Journalists are being made out to be the enemy and in some parts of the world, being murdered.

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Yet these news organizations need to take a long hard look at why they cant send non partisan reporters to the daily briefing. the typical question is biased from the beginning, used to make a partisan point, then with a "you are a liar if dont you agree with me" on the end.

Did one of them say "Melania is not culturally American"? what is that about?

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Fake news is 1 thing, but true, negative news about a sitting President is completely different. It isn't fake.

And every time President Trump or his legal counsel are caught lying isn't fake new either. It is real news. There is a simple solution - stop lying.

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Acosta is great at these:

”Were you lying or were you in the dark?” to Sarah Sanders.

I think Trump is genuinely offended that the press isn’t there’s to advance his presidency. He’s never really had a grasp of the checks and balances thing, even on a very basic level.

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"We don' need no stinkin' credentials."

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@blacklab used to make a partisan point,

I don't know which country you're from, but the US has long had partisan press. In the 18th century Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson complained about it.

I hope you're not suggesting placing limitations of any kind on a feee, for-profit press. The US has laws against slander and libel. Let the courts and the markets decide what's permitted. Or are you anti-capitalist?

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Well there was no internet in the 18th century. So these lies get halfway around the world, then get retracted at 2am at the bottom of the page, if ever.

Heard all about Stormy Daniels lawyer yesterday, right? did you also hear he owes 5 million dollars in taxes, is being investigated by the DOJ for illegally obtaining bank documents, owes 100s of thousand of dollars to small business owners for coffee orders he didnt pay for. Most importantly, at least 2 of the payments he said Michael Cohen got were a DIFFERENT Michael Chohen? (this again). So Cohen filed in court to bar that lawyer from the case for his criminal acts and false statements.

Nah from liberal media, you just heard....Stormy...Cohen....Russia! why is that? What happened to Schneiderman? was in the news for like 12 hours, then poof! gone!

Its not just fake news, its the crime of omission, where the liberal media just refuses to talk about things that dont fit their narratives.

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Its manipulation of the market. Because every commercial on every program is for Coca Cola, people are not allowed to understand that there is something called Pepsi, which is actually superior (in my opinion).

The actual market would be to present both sides and let people choose. But liberals 91% of the time negative to Trump. So anyone who reads internet news or turns on the TV is told he is bad, because there isnt any other perspective presented. Well at least the NY Times told us today that Trump is no longer "the worst person in government" is that what we would call a positive article?

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@blacklabel if the man started acting presidential just maybe there would be different headlines..but when he acts like a spoiled brat and lies all the time to cover previous lies dont think your going to get any change...but remember we are all free to read watch any news we please its a personal choice and for you there is always Hanity and of course MR you tube myself Serrano happy viewing...

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@blackl Well there was no internet in the 18th century.

But there is today, and by using it you can access who knows how many sites reporting just about every perspective possible. 

There is, always has been, and probably always will be bias of some sort in reporting. As long as what's reported isn't deemed to be illegal, let the markets decide.

And maybe if Trump doesn't want negative publicity, he shouldn’t allow people like Guiliani and others who crave media attention to push for more exposure. 

By constantly attacking free, for-profit media, are you advocating for a state controlled media like Russia has? If you’re an American advocating for something you call ‘fair’ and/or ‘unbiased’, you should know that those terms are defined differently by individuals. 

If you know of a site that you think is fair and unbiased, please send a link.

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Taking a leaf out of Putin's book "Freedom Of The Press."

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http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/05/09/cnns-anderson-cooper-ignores-eric-schneiderman-scandal-during-preet-bharara-interview.html

For example this is biased to focus only on Stormy and Cohen while avoiding Schneiderman questions that need answering. The idea is to avoid purposeful bias if you want to call yourself a “journalist”.

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The idea is to avoid purposeful bias if you want to call yourself a “journalist”.

That's your opinion. Words connote; definitions can be in the mind of the user. I want to be free to choose to read all 'journalists', regardless of their political beliefs, regardless how they interpret and report an event.

For-profit media should be free to present information however they want. Let the courts decide if they've broken laws, let the markets decide their financial success.

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Well there was no internet in the 18th century. 

Yes more Broadsheet than Broadband.

Even Breitbart bloggers now called themselves journalists.

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Blacklabel: The actual market would be to present both sides and let people choose.

So one side would be that Trump paid off a porn star for no reason other than to prevent lies about a sexual encounter that never happened?

And you want the media to report that with a straight face?

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Heard all about Stormy Daniels lawyer yesterday, right? did you also hear he owes 5 million dollars in taxes, is being investigated by the DOJ for illegally obtaining bank documents, owes 100s of thousand of dollars to small business owners for coffee orders he didnt pay for. 

No, it's unlikely that people did hear that.

Because, for example, the Washington Post story states that the Treasury Department Inspector General is investigating whether confidential banking documents relating to Michael Cohen were leaked. That of course is a completely different scenario from yours. The Washington Post is well trusted for getting its facts straight, and you - well, you're not. And you haven't.

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Heard all about Stormy Daniels lawyer yesterday, right?

The Right wing whiners, with their obvious limitations, dont understand the basic concept that the more famous you are the more new worthy you will be. Call it free market of journalism or call it whatever. Stormy's lawyer represents a porn star(whom most of you love to degrade), Cohen represented (Trump confirmed it on the interview aboard the plane) the President, so its obvious who will get reported more. Its no bias, its just what is newsworthy.

If Stormy's lawyer slept with her and paid her a million dollars, nobody would care. But because Trump did it with the most bizarre excuses, people take notice.

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