Donald Trump is moving ever closer to getting a journalist killed.

By | 2018-09-13T13:21:45+00:00 September 14th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |23 Comments

And it probably won’t be one from Fox News. 

Courtesy of Mother Jones

Ever since he campaigned for the White House, Donald Trump has attacked news outlets for negative reporting, singled out individual journalists for scorn, and turned his battle cry against “fake news”—a.k.a. reporting he dislikes—virtually into a personal brand. His hostility has only escalated with scrutiny of his presidency. Whipping up crowds as he points at the press gallery has been a set piece of his political rallies. He describes journalists as “dishonest,” “corrupt,” and “sick.” And Trump has repeatedly echoed the language of 20th-century despots, demonizing the American media as “the enemy of the people.”

Presidential disdain for the press is nothing new. Still, political and media experts have long worried that Trump’s uniquely broad and bitter war of words wouldn’t just corrode public trust in reported facts, but could also produce other dangerous effects.

Now there is strong evidence it has. According to half a dozen law enforcement and security leaders I spoke with in recent weeks, the targeting of journalists has steadily intensified in the Trump era, from organized campaigns of personal harassment to bomb threats and vows of assault, rape, and mass shootings. Two sources told me they’ve repeatedly seen explicit evidence of threats directly channeling the president’s rhetoric.

An example surfaced at the end of August with news the FBI had arrested a California man, Robert Chain, for allegedly threatening to travel to the offices of the Boston Globe and commit a mass shooting. His menacing communications came just after the Globe announced a coordinated editorial effort among newspapers nationwide to denounce Trump’s attacks on the press as anti-American and dangerous.

“You’re the enemy of the people, and we’re going to kill every fucking one of you,” Chain said in one of several anonymous calls to the Globe, according to the FBI. In another, he vowed, “We are going to shoot you motherfuckers in the head.” According to the Globe’s own reporting on the case, authorities found 20 firearms in Chain’s home, including a semi-automatic rifle he’d purchased in May.

Mother Jones provides a number of other examples which begs the question “Can a sitting president be arrested for inciting violence that results in a murder?”

Trump once said that he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and not lose any supporters, but can one of his supporters shoot a journalist and Trump remain unscathed? 

Because that most certainly should not be the case. 

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23 Comments

  1. Anonymous September 14, 2018 at 5:41 am - Reply

    It’s almost like Trump’s supporters are…what’s the word I’m looking for…deplorable.

  2. Anonymous September 14, 2018 at 5:46 am - Reply

    “I gave him the gun but I didn’t pull the trigger.”
    Classic tRump.

  3. JB$ September 14, 2018 at 6:49 am - Reply

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/steve-bannon-drafting-curriculum-right-wing-catholic-institute-italy/

    RABBLE-ROUSING ” Cardinal Raymond Burke, a leading Vatican conservative who is president of the Institute’s board of advisers, said Bannon would be playing a leading role there- he looked forward to working with Harnwell and Bannon “to promote a number of projects that should make a decisive contribution to the defense of what used to be called Christendom”.{aka as Butt fucking, dick sucking circle jerkers}

    • Beaglemom September 14, 2018 at 9:57 am - Reply

      You know, one would think that a major religion would not play host to the likes of Steve Bannon. But it turns out that extremely conservative Catholics are as bad as all the rest of them. Why are conservatives all of a sudden set on absolute and total destruction, if not annihilation. They must all be extremely unhappy.

  4. Anonymous September 14, 2018 at 6:53 am - Reply

    Gosh and it was all that FREE media coverage during the campaign that helped get him elected.

    • FreePre$$ September 14, 2018 at 10:12 am - Reply

      “The real estate magnate got $4.96 billion in free earned media in the year leading up to the presidential election, according to data from tracking firm mediaQuant. He received $5.6 billion throughout the entirety of his campaign, more than Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio combined.”
      “According to mediaQuant’s estimates, as much as 23% of free earned media attention given to Trump during the election was negative, compared to about 12% for Clinton.”

      https://www.thestreet.com/story/13896916/1/donald-trump-rode-5-billion-in-free-media-to-the-white-house.html

  5. NYNY September 14, 2018 at 6:55 am - Reply

    “Tonight, we rewrite the history of generations of New Yorkers who have been treated differently simply because of their gender, the color of their skin, the language they speak, the God they pray to, the people they love, or the zip code they come from,” ““Bashing Trump is the New York hobby, because you can’t lose,” “They hate him here.” NYNY

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/09/14/james-ny-democratic-attorney-general-nominee-to-aim-investigations-at-trump.html

  6. Anonymous September 14, 2018 at 6:55 am - Reply

    He’s just like Palin. She did the inciting that motivated the person to shoot Gabby Giffords. Even tho she claims innocence. Crazy people have a way to rile up other crazy people. And the sad thing is they don’t know they are crazy. Trump doesn’t know he’s crazy. He’s been that way since day one and now everyone thinks he is normal. Well, not everyone but the ones with crazy in their brains. He and Palin switched on the crazy in people. Just like Hitler, Manson, and Jim Jones did with their cults.

  7. PIG$! September 14, 2018 at 7:28 am - Reply

    ot?
    “according to a warrant, investigators have been searching Jean’s apartment for “any contraband, such as narcotics, and other items that may have been used in criminal offenses.” They later claimed to have found marijuana during their search. According to Merritt, Guyger’s home was not searched.” “Not only is the allegation that Jean had pot in his home irrelevant, it also fits neatly into a predictable and disturbing pattern seen in other cases of black men and women killed by cops. Investigators did the same thing in the cases of Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, and Freddie Gray, to name a few. As ThinkProgress’ Ian Millhiser previously argued, “Generally, the alleged marijuana use is raised to discredit someone who is no longer able to speak for themselves, and to imply that the marijuana use somehow contributed to their death.”
    “It’s also used to deflect blame and suggest the killer’s actions are justifiable. For instance, lawyers of George Zimmerman, who was on trial for killing Trayvon Martin, argued that there were traces of marijuana in Martin’s blood. The same claim was made after Michael Brown’s death.”
    ” In Jean’s case, FOX 4 News tweeted Thursday evening about the “developing” news that marijuana was found in Jean’s apartment:
    “The outlet received tens of thousands of replies and responses to its tweet, criticizing the outlet for victim-blaming and character assassination.”

    FUCK THE ‘Thin Blue Line’

    ‘There is literally nothing a Black person can do, including sit in the comfort of their own home and smoke a joint to take their mind off this fucked-up world we live in,
    where they won’t be blamed for their own death when cops kill us.’

    https://thinkprogress.org/police-attempt-to-smear-botham-jean-just-days-after-dallas-cop-shot-him-dead-646adcec9331/

  8. Anon September 14, 2018 at 7:35 am - Reply

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/barack-obama-midterm-elections-trump_us_5b9b072fe4b013b0977905bc

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/andrew-gillum-florida-governor-polls-ron-desantis_us_5b9ac30fe4b0bb79d5cdb634

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/republican-candidate-buys-ads-on-weather-channel-ahead-of-north-carolina-hurricane_us_5b99944de4b0162f4733c9ff

    “Harris’ tactic of gobbling up airtime on a channel many North Carolinians will watch intensely in the coming weeks is either a smart use of limited resources or a deeply cynical way to capitalize on a potential natural disaster.” “Harris isn’t the only GOP candidate to purchase time on the Weather Channel ahead of the hurricane. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, the Republican candidate for governor in the Buckeye State, spent $10,000 to purchase 960 additional ads to run on it over the next week.”

  9. Anonymous September 14, 2018 at 7:36 am - Reply

    Trump Obsessed With Avoiding His Own ‘Katrina Moment’
    From planning for Florence to post-spinning Maria, the president deeply fears looking like Bush.

    As he prepares for one natural disaster and tries to spin his way out of another, President Donald Trump, aides and friends say, is guided by a singular obsession: never to have a hurricane dubbed his “Katrina.”

    That obsession became painfully evident this week as Trump, in the midst of preparing for Hurricane Florence’s landfall, took time on Thursday morning to trumpet post-facto justifications of the federal government’s response to Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island of Puerto Rico last year. In a series of tweets, he claimed—without any evidence—that the 3,000 or so deaths tied to that storm were an exaggerated count used by Democrats to make him look bad.

    It read like a shocking bit of insensitivity from the White House just at the moment that it was preparing for another potentially deadly storm. But those familiar with Trump’s approach say he does in fact care about the widespread devastation and loss of life that resulted from Maria and could potentially result from Florence—if for no other reason than he also has an intense fixation on managing public perception of his performance in these moments.

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-obsessed-with-avoiding-his-own-katrina-even-if-its-too-late

  10. anon September 14, 2018 at 7:45 am - Reply

    Ru$$ian Mafia-Truth or Dare? Done already.

    ‘Trump once said that he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and not lose any supporters’

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/aug/09/trump-gun-owners-clinton-judges-second-amendment

    https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2016/aug/09/context-donald-trumps-second-amendment-people-comm/

  11. RareEarth September 14, 2018 at 7:56 am - Reply

    OT/ TeXa$
    “”Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation,” McRaven said of Trump’s unprecedented use of a presidential authority over the classification system to strike back at one of his prominent critics.” “”Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him,”
    “Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency,”
    McRaven, who resigned as chancellor of the University of Texas at Austin earlier this year, is widely respected among the tens of thousands of active and retired special operators.”

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/13/politics/mcraven-pentagon-advisory-board-trump/index.html

    +

    https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2018/09/05/heres-the-blueprint-for-erik-princes-5-billion-plan-to-privatize-the-afghanistan-war/

  12. WI September 14, 2018 at 8:06 am - Reply

    https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Paul-Ryan-retains-his-cynical-view-of-identity-13229434.php

    ” For years – particularly those tea party years when Ryan began to climb the leadership ranks, Republicans criticized the concept of identity politics as a weapon liberals use to stoke division. To them, highlighting what makes various groups of Americans different is a negative use of time in direct opposition to focusing on the things that unify Americans. Many of them seemed to do this without being aware of their own tribalism – or at worst, being fully cognizant of it and therefore disingenuous in their assessment of identity politics).
    As someone who writes and speaks about identity politics, I think Ryan’s take – that identity politics is “morally wrong” – is a bit of an overreaction to a reality that he himself has benefited from, and arguably stoked.”
    “arguably, it is the role of leaders to help navigate these tribes away from their worst impulses and to appeal their better angels.
    Some would say that the tea party, a movement within the conservatism that critics say Ryan encouraged, did just that, using tribalism and sometimes racism to advocate for ideas that groups outside of the movement found problematic. And many of those who joined the tea party went on to become some of Trump’s staunchest supporters, including at the leadership level
    (see: former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, Rep. Steve King, R.-Iowa, and many Fox News commentators).”

  13. VOP September 14, 2018 at 9:02 am - Reply

    OT? “Screwy Louie.” Veterans on Patrol.
    “2018 — at a time when social media, a conspiracy-minded president, and the erosion of trust in public institutions are providing fertile ground for wild-eyed theories — the story kept gaining life.

    From as far away as Australia, believers travelled to the Tucson desert to deliver vigilante justice to the sex traffickers. Their stories became more elaborate:”
    ” JJ MacNab, an expert on anti-government movements, tweeted about his “one-sided standoff.” It caught my eye because Arthur had connections to the Bundy family-“For him this is a religious mission,”
    “new branches keep growing. Some of Lewis’ acolytes were also followers of “Q,” or QAnon, a shadowy figure purporting to be a high-level government agent and leaker. The information Q posts online supports anti-Hillary Clinton, pro-Donald Trump conspiracies that often involve sex crimes against children. And while sex trafficking is a real problem in the U.S., there is as little evidence for the salacious particulars popular in these fringe forums as there was at the camp Arthur “discovered.” “They’re out there chasing ghosts,” Scott Cutright, a veteran who spent a few weeks in one of Arthur’s shelters this year, had told me. “That’s the term you use in the military. You hear things go bump in the night, you think it’s the enemy, but in reality it’s your imagination because you’re scared or you’re amped up. You think there’s something out there, you pour resources into (it). But in reality, it’s ghosts.”-“We’re in a perfect storm right now because we have a conspiracy theory president,”

    https://www.hcn.org/articles/politics-conspiracy-theories-inspire-vigilante-justice-in-tucson

  14. FLO September 14, 2018 at 10:56 am - Reply

    OT
    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trumps-hurricane-florence-rumor-control-fema-retweet_us_5b9b9fe0e4b04d32ebf77f75

    “FEMA Rumor Control Page”
    ‘Where is the rumor control page for @realDonaldTrump’s Twitter feed? During this disaster of the Trump administration, it is critical to avoid spreading false information.’
    ‘Dear FEMA: This presidency is a disaster and Trump keeps spreading false information. Can you put up a rumor control page just for his tweets?’
    ‘RUMOR CONTROL? Here ya’ go: Trump lied about #Maria deaths because he is a raging narcissistic sociopath.’

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hurricane-florence-approaches-carolinas_us_5b9b77e8e4b04d32ebf73804

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  16. dumptrump September 14, 2018 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    “Trump has used the regional dis before, calling the family of another ex-wife, Marla Maples, ‘dumb Southerners’ and ‘hillbillies,’ as one reporter recalled,” he wrote. “Last week, the longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone trashed Sessions as an ‘insubordinate hillbilly’ — expressing a double dose of hick hatred.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/trumps-insults-hillbilly-base-making-turn-nyt-column/

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/magic-gone-bill-maher-explains-thinks-trumps-base-bored-quit/

    “The polls for him are going down. The looks on the faces at the people at his rallies. I think the magic is gone. They’re bored, he hasn’t written new material. They have a look like, ‘Man, it’s a lot about you.’””

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