President Trump’s relentless war against the media escalated yet again on Sunday, when he launched a program calling itself the “REAL news” that reports only positive stories about the administration.
The cheaply-produced segment abruptly dropped on Trump’s personal Facebook page, featuring Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump (wife of Eric Trump) standing in front a backdrop and touting Trump’s accomplishments for 2 minutes.
Right out of the gate, Ms. Trump says “I bet you haven’t learned about all the accomplishments the president had this week because there is so much fake news out there. We wanted to give you a glimpse into his week.”
The video lauds billionaire Trump for donating his presidential salary to the Dept of Education and for giving medals to veterans. Ms. Trump credits the president for bringing employment rate to its lowest rate in 16 years, not mentioning that the rate has been falling every month for the past 79 months. She also applauds Trump for bringing the Dow Jones index to a new high last Tuesday. Market analysts, however, have speculated that Trump had very little to do with this new benchmark.
The video did not make it clear how often these segments were going to be produced, but as of this writing its first episode has been shared over 14,000 times.
While the show purported to give the “real news” behind Trump’s week, it made no mention of such huge stories as Trump’s failure to get Congress to repeal Obamacare, the firing of Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director six days after hiring him, or the increasingly damning Russia-Trump investigations.
Trump has made labeling the media as “fake news” one of his top priorities in nearly every public appearance he’s made since becoming president, attacking many stories that are verifiably true.
“Thanks for joining us everybody,” Ms. Trump said, signing off. “And that is the real news.”