President Trump is continuing his battle with CNN, and now he has poached one of their brightest on-air personalities.
Trump has tapped CNN commentator Kayleigh McEnany to join Trump team. McEnany was featured on Trump’s Facebook feed in a short video segment titled “News of the Week.” The segment features McEnany in the role of a conventional news anchor offering “real news” to the American people, reported Business Insider.
Former Ambassador to Russia under Barack Obama, Michael McFaul, criticized the Facebook video and likened it to foreign propaganda. “Wow. Feels eerily like so many state-owned channels I’ve watched in other countries,” he wrote.
The launch of the so-called “Trump TV” has left conservatives scratching their heads. A state-run media enterprise like the BBC in Britain, and the CBC in Canada, is antithetical to small government principles and the importance of an independent press corps.
However, it is important to note that “Trump TV” is not a government-owned information outlet, and it is being filmed from Trump Tower in New York, and not from any government establishment.
Ideally, there would be no need for Trump to create his own platform to counter the fake news proudly presented by the mainstream media. If Americans actually received a free and honest press, then something like “Trump TV” would never be necessary.
The circumstances facing Trump should not be ignored. The mainstream media enjoys a complete monopoly over investigative journalism and exerts undue control over public opinion. This control is unnerving because journalism has refused to be accountable to their audiences. Even the age-old practice of prominently announcing retractions has been rescinded in favor of unsubstantiated attacks against the president.
Standards of journalistic practices are being abandoned because of the mainstream media’s bias against Trump. For example, in late June, CNN was forced to retract an article attempting to link then-incoming communications director Anthony Scaramucci to a Russian investment fund. The CNN article claimed that Scaramucci was being investigated by the Senate Intelligence Committee.
However, immediately after the report went public, multiple conservative media groups outlined errors in the reporting. Scaramucci decried the article as false and considered legal action against CNN, according to The New York Times.
CNN retracted the article and released a statement explaining that the article would be removed because it failed to meet their editorial standards. While CNN did not explain which standard was broken, there were many obvious errors in the reporting. Most importantly, the article was not approved by a special editorial team and was based on information provided by only one source.
Conventionally, journalists require at least two sources before publishing breaking news. However, the three CNN journalists behind the story–who all resigned in shame–were too enamored with nailing the president to follow journalistic standards. Essentially, these reporters were so convinced of Trump’s guilt that they published their fake news piece before verifying their sole source.
“Trump TV” is a bold move for Trump that will continue to divide supporters and opponents. While many see this as the only option to oppose the mainstream media bias, fears of this leading to a state media are unfounded. Trump can be trusted to do the right thing and prevent the government from interfering in the business of truth.