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Motives and Logic in Trump’s Attacks on the Media

Emanuel L. Paparella, Ph.D.

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[yt_dropcap type=”square” font=”” size=”14″ color=”#000″ background=”#fff” ] T [/yt_dropcap]he latest rant by Donald Trump against the media and its “fake news” came at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday the 24th of February. He called the media “dishonest” because allegedly it falsifies stories about his administration by made-up sources.

Only hours earlier, in connection with the Flynn-Russia affair as reported by CNN, he had denounced “leakers” of “classified information,” implying that the sources, if not the facts leaked, were real.

Trump also said that “I want you all to know that we are fighting the fake news. It’s fake! Phony! Fake. A few days ago I called the fake news the enemy of the people and they are. They are the enemy of the people because they have no sources. They just make them up when there are none.” Trump suggested the Washington Post’s sources on the Flynn-Russia story did not exist.

In his speech, “I saw one story recently where they said, ‘nine people have confirmed.’ There are no nine people,” said Trump. “I don’t believe there was one or two people. Immediately after claiming the nine sources did not exist, Trump then claimed to know the people who had spoken to the Post. “I know the people. I know who they talked to,” he said.

Though Trump claimed the Post story was false, the president fired Flynn four days after the story was published. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Flynn was dismissed because of concerns he had “misled the vice president and others” when he initially denied discussing the sanctions with the Russian ambassador. As Trump finished his speech, Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron released a statement arguing Flynn’s firing “confirmed” the paper’s story. “Everything we published regarding Gen. Flynn was true, as confirmed by subsequent events and on the record statements from administration officials themselves. The story led directly to the general’s dismissal as national security adviser. Calling press reports fake doesn’t make them so,” Baron said.

So which is it? Does the media have phony sources, or does the story, as suggested by a pair of tweets, come from “leakers” within the FBI and included classified information? It cannot be and not be at the same time, but it would appear that logic is not a particular strength of the Trump mind. If anything they seem to excel in illogic and derangement.

Let the reader reflect for a moment on this beauty of a tweet by Trump: “The FBI is totally unable to stop the national security “leakers” that have permeated our government for a long time. They can’t even…… find the leakers within the FBI itself. Classified information is being given to media that could have a devastating effect on U.S. FIND NOW,”

Notice that last fierce imperial order, all in bold letters. In other words, we don’t know who the leakers are, but they will be found. Not what we have done but the leaks are the problem. The emperor has issued his ordered, no opposition is to be entertained, for he is the commander in chief. It sounds authoritarian, echoing fascism.

Before beginning the assault on the media Trump had boasted of the standing ovation he had received while walking on stage: “You know, the dishonest media, they’ll say, ‘he didn’t get a standing ovation! They will say he never got a standing ovation. They are the worst.” This said while he was receiving a standing ovation.

If it all sounds slightly deranged, it is because it may well be. But keep in mind that the Trump administration believes in “alternate facts” and truth has no currency in their imaginary realm of reality. That logically means that we are in all in peril in the West. Where is the courageous boy in Congress that will yell: “The Emperor goes around without clothes”?

Professor Paparella has earned a Ph.D. in Italian Humanism, with a dissertation on the philosopher of history Giambattista Vico, from Yale University. He is a scholar interested in current relevant philosophical, political and cultural issues; the author of numerous essays and books on the EU cultural identity among which A New Europe in search of its Soul, and Europa: An Idea and a Journey. Presently he teaches philosophy and humanities at Barry University, Miami, Florida. He is a prolific writer and has written hundreds of essays for both traditional academic and on-line magazines among which Metanexus and Ovi. One of his current works in progress is a book dealing with the issue of cultural identity within the phenomenon of “the neo-immigrant” exhibited by an international global economy strong on positivism and utilitarianism and weak on humanism and ideals.

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