Even after analysts have found that President Trump has received overwhelmingly negative media coverage — more than other presidents in modern history — mainstream media outlets continue their heavily anti-Trump coverage. Despite the misleading and outright false information used to portray the President negatively, the media’s biased efforts are applauded by the Left — including one former government official.
As reported by The Hill, former FBI Director James Comey launched a subtle attack against President Trump, who criticized CNN for continued misleading coverage. Comey tweeted a quote about the freedom of the press, despite the fact that President Trump didn’t infringe upon the press’ freedom.
On Saturday, President Trump tweeted criticism of CNN: “@FoxNews is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN, but outside of the U.S., CNN International is still a major source of (Fake) news, and they represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly. The outside world does not see the truth from them!”
Just hours later, Comey tweeted: “‘Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.’ – Thomas Jefferson, Jan. 28, 1786.” The quote is from a 1786 letter to James Curry, a Virginian doctor who reportedly discussed politics and philosophy with Jefferson.
It’s unclear how Comey came to the conclusion that President Trump might be infringing upon CNN’s freedom. President Trump has been a frequent critic of the misleading and false reporting of the press, especially CNN. Despite this fact, he has done nothing to limit or restrict their continued biased coverage. The President has simply spoken in tweets or statements addressing their lack of objectivity.
In recent months, Comey has increased his presence on Twitter. In May, he was fired as FBI Director by President Trump, who did so after a letter from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, which recommended Comey’s dismissal.
Rosenstein stated, “The FBI’s reputation and credibility have suffered substantial damage, and it has affected the entire Department of Justice. That is deeply troubling to many Department employees and veterans, legislators and citizens.” He added, “I cannot defend the director’s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken.”
Comey’s tenure as FBI Director is riddled with scandal. His dismissal from President Trump was the first time he was held accountable for his repeated secrecy, misconduct, and lack of objectivity. Now, he appears to be using Twitter to lash out at President Trump in an act of spite. This isn’t the first time Comey has posted quotes to Twitter as a subtle way to attack President Trump’s comments.
On November 11, President Trump told the New York Times, “I mean, give me a break — they’re political hacks. You have Brennan, you have Clapper, and you have Comey. Comey’s proven now to be a liar, and he’s proven to be a leaker …” The comments were made in the context of questioning Comey’s integrity, implying that Russian President Vladimir Putin is more credible than Comey when it concerns Russia’s alleged influence in the 2016 presidential election.
Within hours, Comey responded with an excerpt from an 1855 sermon from Rev. Charles Haddon Spurgeon: “‘If you want truth to go round the world you must hire an express train to pull it; but if you want a lie to go round the world, it will fly; it is light as a feather and a breath will carry it.’ Rev. Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1855).”
Comey tweeted again last week, appearing to question Donald Trump’s morality: “‘The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself.’ Jane Addams (1860-1935).”
It’s ironic that Comey would tweet quotes about morality, truth, and liberty when he lacked all of these things during his term as FBI Director. Leaking memos, deciding the results of an investigation before its completion, allowing informants to break the law, and giving special treatment to favored individuals — these are just a few examples of Comey’s misconduct proving that he is a stranger to morality, truth, and liberty.