The White House’s dark campaign against the free press and the First Amendment has reached an all-time new low with President Donald Trump’s “media accountability survey.”
The survey itself has obvious Orwellian echoes, the product of an authoritarian president whose main driving force is discrediting media outlets who do not offer him glowing around the clock coverage.
It was delivered to fans in this incredibly disturbing email, which might as well end with “Big Brother is Watching”:
The survey asks obviously biased questions such as, “Do you believe that the mainstream media has reported unfairly on our movement?” and “On which issues does the mainstream media do the worst job of representing Republicans?”
It should be noted that the Republican party’s relationship with the LGBT community is mysteriously missing from that list, and one wonders why. Could it be that Republicans have spent decades maligning and denigrating LGBT citizens?
Perhaps the most hypocritical question asked was, “Do you believe that the mainstream media does not do their due diligence fact-checking before publishing stories on the Trump administration?”
This is coming from a White House which regularly pushes information that has no basis in reality. Trump himself has tweeted, numerous times, from sources which were later proved to be either entirely fraudulent or from conspiracy theorist websites populated by white supremacists. Perhaps if Trump and his team wish to bemoan the media’s “fact-checking” they should first practice what they preach and be the change they so richly wish to see in the world. Which is not to say that the survey has a point, but let Trump’s administration take the first step and show the courage of their flimsy, paper thin, convictions.
While continuing down the clown car of horror that is this survey it also asks, “Do you believe that the media unfairly reported on President Trump’s executive order temporarily restricting people entering our country from nations compromised by radical Islamic terrorism?”
In what bizarre reality would any media source report on Trump’s unconstitutional ban on Muslim immigrants from entering the United States be reported on in a positive manner unless the main consumers of that media were wearing pointy white hats that enjoyed burning crosses?
The reason the media reported on the travel ban, which Trump said wasn’t a ban and then said was a ban, is due to the order being un-American and morally repugnant — not because the media was unfairly reporting on the matter.
While on the subject of misinformation the survey asked, “Were you aware that a poll was released revealing that a majority of Americans actually supported President Trump’s temporary restriction executive order?”
Take careful note that the “survey” which is cited in this survey is not named, nor were the methods used to reach the favorable conclusion for Trump disclosed. As has been the tone of the White House they tend to agree with news which agrees with their positions and call anything else to be “fake news.”
In an attempt to circumvent years of provable data the survey asked, “Do you believe that contrary to what the media says, raising taxes does not create jobs?”
This is another attempt at misdirection. The question is not if raising taxes creates jobs or not, the question which should be asked is regarding what types of taxes. Does raising the taxes of corporate profits help to create jobs?
Yes it does, as those taxes will be lessened if the profits earned from the corporations are placed back into the company, and if the profit is merely kept in liquid form the corporation will face a higher tax bill. These nuances are matters in which the Trump administration does not wish to delve as they are counterintuitive to the entirely backward agenda they are hoping to push.
Showing their contempt for the media was a main theme of the survey, regardless of the facts on the ground. The survey asked, “Do you believe that the media has been far too quick to spread false stories about our movement?”
The final question was the most ominous and asked, “Do you believe that our Party should spend more time and resources holding the mainstream media accountable?”
Trump has repeatedly stated his disdain for the media, and once openly mused about loosening libel laws so that he would have the ability to sue reporters for publishing stories of which he did not approve. The United States is presently ranked below over 40 other nations in terms of press freedom according to the Press Freedom Index. It appears from this survey that Trump and his team are ramping up another assault upon the freedoms of individuals in the media.
Lou Colagiovanni is an investigative journalist living in Las Vegas who specializes in politics and crime. His work has been highlighted all over the world and he is regularly featured on television and radio.