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Historian Takes Swipe at Trump for Hurting ‘Free Press,’ Forgets Presidents Historically Loathed Press

What historian Ron Chernow thought was a sly dig against the President wasn’t so clever after all.

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At Saturday night’s worthless White House Correspondent’s Dinner, where the press patted itself of the back despite its massive failures, a historian attempted to take a swipe at President Donald J. Trump, only to fall flat on his face.

“Campaigns against the press do not get your face carved in Mount Rushmore because when you chip away at the free press you chip away at the heart of democracy,” said historian Ron Chernow.

But Chernow probably should have brushed up on his Mt. Rushmore history before his snarky quip. At least two of the presidents on the famous landmark publicly loathed the press. Another fought the equivalent of “fake news” during his day. The fourth was known as the father of media spin.

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Thomas Jefferson bashed newspapers at every turn.

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“Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle,” he once said.

“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers,” he said on another occasion.

These quotes are but two of many.

So too, did Abraham Lincoln hate the press. There have been books written on the subject.

“No president ever cracked down on the press more than Abraham Lincoln did,” said Harold Holzer, who wrote Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion.

George Washington was the victim of a vicious smear, during which the press used forged letters to malign him, and sought to paint him as a monarch. There was no worse slur at the time. He used the last day of his presidency to correct the media, and set the record straight.

Washington wrote of the falsified letters:

“They are said by the editor to have been found in a small portmanteau that I had left in the care of my mulatto servant named Billy, who, it is pretended, was taken prisoner at Fort Lee, in 1776. … At the time when these letters first appeared, it was notorious to the army immediately under my command, and particularly to the gentlemen attached to my person, that my Mulatto Man Billy had never been one moment in the power of the enemy. It is also a fact that no part of my baggage, or any of my attendants were captured during the whole course of the war.”

Finally, Theodore Roosevelt was known as the father of media “spin.”

“He used public opinion, the press, leaks to Congress, and Upton Sinclair to reform unconscionable industries, like the meatpackers,” said The Atlantic in 2016.

Surely, Trump’s face will not be carved into Mt. Rushmore. But even during a night of celebration, in which Trump left the press alone, instead hosting a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the media liars couldn’t help but cut corners and bend the truth in an effort to vilify the 45th president.

No wonder he calls them the Enemy of the People.


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CNN Pretty Boy Don Lemon Lumps All Trump Voters Together with Klansmen and Neo-Nazis in Vicious Rant

How on earth does this man have his own TV show?

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On CNN Wednesday night, Don Lemon disparaged every single Trump voter by saying that they’re part of the same crowd as Klansmen and neo-Nazis.

In the transition from his show to Lemon’s, Chris Cuomo posed to Lemon a devil’s advocate position that “you can’t say everybody who voted for Trump is like the people who who went into the Capitol.” Lemon responded thus:

“If you are on that side, you need to think about the side you’re on. I’m never on the side of the Klan. Principled people, conservative or liberal, never on the Klan side. Principled people, conservative or liberal, never on the Nazi side. Principled people who are conservative or liberal, never on the side that treats their fellow Americans as ‘less than,’ that says that your fellow Americans should not exist, that says your fellow Americans should be in a concentration camp, or that sides with slavery, or sides with any sort of bigotry.

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Cuomo jumps in to continue playing devil’s advocate: “And if they say, ‘I don’t agree with those people, I just like Trump’s policies’?”

“Then get out the crowd with them,” Lemon says. “Get out of the crowd.”

Cuomo then retorts, again pretending to represent the other side: “‘I wasn’t in the crowd, I just voted for Trump.'”

Lemon replied: “You’re in the crowd who voted for Trump. If you voted for Trump, you voted for the person who the Klan supported. You voted for the person who Nazis support. You voted for the person who the alt-right supports. That’s the crowd you are in. You voted for the person who incited a crowd to go into the Capitol and potentially take the lives of lawmakers, took the lives of police officers, took the innocent lives who were there on the Capitol that day. You voted on that side. And the people in Washington are continuing to vote on that side.

Quite the incoherent rant, don’t you think? For one, Klansmen and neo-Nazis are by and large not Trump supporters. Even if some were at one point, they were among the quickest to turn on Trump, for they realized that he was not and was never going to be Hitler 2.0. Plus, none of those who breached the Capitol were found to be members of the Klan or a neo-Nazi group. So there goes the thrust of Lemon’s argument.

Lemon also claims, without evidence, that Trump “incited” violence and encouraged his supporters to breach the Capitol. Even if you disapprove of Trump’s rhetoric, you cannot admit in good faith that he incited or encouraged any illegal activity.

Someone like Lemon should not be on TV. He is extraordinarily divisive and full of contempt for 75 million Americans.

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