“Trump TV” Just Officially Launched – CNN Commentator Trades CNN Real News For Trump TV Fake News
President Donald Trump this week quietly unveiled on Facebook his answer to the negative press his administration has garnered from news media.
Trump shared a video featuring his daughter-in-law Lara Trump against a backdrop featuring his campaign logo and website in which she combats all the “fake news” with positive stories from the White House.
Notably, she avoided mentioning the constant state of staff shake up and chaos within the White House — especially the departures of former press secretary Sean Spicer, communications director Anthony Scaramucci and chief of staff Reince Priebus within the last two weeks — Trump’s Twitter decree that transgender people are banned from the military, or his party’s failure to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Instead, she focused on the jobs report, Trump’s donation of his salary to the Department of Education and other PR stunts before signing off by saying “and that is the real news.”
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And though it’s not at all surprising so far, given his choice of advisors, that Trump hired a member of his family for the propaganda project, the president did manage to steal away talent from his arch rivals CNN.
CNN commentator Kayleigh McEnany departed the network on Saturday, and by Sunday, she was featured in a Trump Tower broadcast called “Weekly Update 8.6.17.”
The 90-second video was remarkably similar in tone and topic to Lara Trump’s video, tackling certain recent events from a pro-Trump standpoint while avoiding any of her new boss’ recent troubles.
She discussed “Trump’s” immigration bill that admits immigrants based on points earned for English proficiency and “merit” (the RAISE Act is actually a retread of proposed legislation by GOP Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue that didn’t get any traction in February), as well as the economy.
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) August 6, 2017
McEnany urged viewers to keep up to date with administration happenings on social media and used the Trump campaign tagline of “Make America Great Again.”
Trump had dangled the idea of Trump TV as an alternative if he lost the 2016 election, but now it appears the idea has been reborn.
Though the Trump administration has been waging a war on the media (Steve Bannon referred to the media as the opposition party) for covering his blunders and support of exclusionary, if not hateful, policy, it’s not unexpected that Trump would unveil his own propaganda wing. After all, he is a fervent watcher of FOX News and morning cable news, and maintained his fame over the years as the host of a reality show. And perhaps, in his mind, he never stopped hosting that show.
(THREAD) Trump's "Real News" show—Trump TV—is state-sponsored propaganda like what Kim uses in North Korea. It's vile. RETWEET if you agree. pic.twitter.com/vpD9l41lhy
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) August 6, 2017