During the 2016 campaign “television news” gave Donald Trump five-times more coverage than all other candidates combined. He was held to the lowest standard ever experienced in American politics, while Hillary Clinton was held to an impossibly high standard. This was a violation of campaign law.
Trump’s refusal to re-open our nation’s government is 100 percent political with a dash of racism. His wall is a joke and must not be funded with taxpayer money. Our infrastructure is in decay and building a 16th century wall will not touch the serious and complicated issue of immigration reform.
Tonight, the major “news networks” have agreed to offer free airtime to your illegitimate president to discuss “immigration.” We already know that it will be eight-minutes of lies, including the disproven claim that “terrorists” are coming across our southern border in “huge” numbers. It is nothing more than a political ploy.
Now here’s an interesting fact, and proof that the right-wing is supported by the mainstream media. In 2014 the networks refused to give time to President Obama to discuss immigration; “there was agreement among the broadcast networks that [Obama’s speech] was overtly political.” Really!
In 2006 the networks gave airtime to another Republican to discuss immigration; George W. Bush.
For years I have claimed that “television news” is no longer part of the “fourth estate.” News “personalities” are paid millions of dollars to entertain; not to inform. They are members of the 10.8 million millionaires in America who are supported by Donald Trump.
Personally, I will not watch Trump lie to the American people this evening. I cannot tolerate liars and people who have no respect or compassion for others. Thank God for Netflix and Amazon Prime.
The Truth Lives Here
Op-ed by this “Wise Old Fart,” James Turnage
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