Blaming the media for problems wasn’t created by President Trump. He just took this trope to new levels -- and continues his assaults on media, including CNN. So, I’ll ask: You talking to me?
There is some great mediocre entertainment here. Trump’s rants still supply TV and media with ample content, no matter where it plays -- CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC or your local Facebook feed.
And there’s money to be made -- on TV. He even suggested during the 2016 presidential campaign debates that CNN should pony up some advertising money, given the high ratings he brought to the network. So CNN sucks, but if there’s TV ad money involved, it's good to go.
Then he proclaimed himself an ardent fan of body-slamming reporters. Was he kidding? Trump supporters might
claim he isn't always serious about what he says, forgetting that everything a president says matters. Cruel remarks are often dismissed as a joke. After all, it’s on TV. The trouble
is, he sounded sincere.
Then came the security breach.
Despite warnings, Trump uses an unsecured phone line; and The New York Times reported China and Russians operatives hacked President Trump’s iPhone. How could this happen? The story’s analysis is Trump has been too lazy to use those feature-less, government-issued, but security-protected, phones. Why? Because he can't store contacts.
The Department of Justice says while Democratic Hillary Clinton’s private computer server might have been a bad idea, no crime occurred, no security was breach, no evidence of any hacking.
Still, imagine if Russians found a way to infiltrate other media. If Trump is watching TV news shows via a smart TV -- TV sets with automated content recognition technology and a camera installed -- could there be another breach?
At the same time we learned of the phone hack, we learned a man accused of sending those 13 pipe bombs targeting Democratic politicians, political donors and Robert De Niro was arrested in connection with the crime.
The suspect, Cesar Sayoc, is a registered Republican and Trump-supporter. His van's exterior features images of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, as well as a "CNN Sucks" sticker. The latter dis is right out of Trump's playbook.