That’s how tyrants work, says Robert Reich, who explains the four classic authoritarian tactics Trump uses to undermine the ability of the media to hold him accountable for his chronic lies:
According to a new report by the Columbia Journalism Review, Trump has attacked the press 990 times on Twitter since announcing his candidacy for president. Here are the 4 ways he tries to intimidate and control the media: pic.twitter.com/7sSC9e1Koz
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) January 2, 2018
- Berate the media.
- Limit media access.
- Threaten the media.
- Bypass the media.
A leader who attacks the press to hide his own lies is dishonest. This behavior should disgust all Americans who love truth, liberty, and country. The 2018 elections are our chance to remove this scum, or at least neutralize this scum’s ability to further attack journalism and corrode our public institutions.
Related: The International Federation of Journalists says 81 journalists and media staff were killed around the world in 2017. That’s the lowest number of journalist killings since 2007. However, IFJ general secretary Anthony Bellanger says, “…impunity for killings still runs at over 90%, self-censorship remains widespread and more journalists are in jail than at any time in recent years.” The Committee to Protect Journalists counts 262 journalists imprisoned in 2017 for doing their jobs. 21 have been imprisoned on charges of “false news.”