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Trump's Global TV Network Plans: Few Facts, Wrong "F" Word?

Trump has proposed a "state-run" media network as a foil to his favorite target, CNN. Slow news day, here? Is there a tongue in someone’s cheek -- somewhere?

Here’s a Trump Monday tweet: “Throughout the world, CNN has a powerful voice portraying the United States in an unfair and false way. Something has to be done, including the possibility of the United States starting our own Worldwide Network to show the World the way we really are, GREAT!"

He didn’t go into details, though the word “own” says a lot. Maybe this is not a surprise to many. It seems like Trump has been auditioning to be president of a TV news network for some time.

As with anything Trump, you need to ask the question: Who would really run this media organization, as well as being “editor” of this worldwide news services? Better still, will advertisers buy in -- that is, if it is an ad-supported venture? 

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Trump’s detractors would say the constant falsehoods, half-truths and, yes, some outright lying, might not form the basis for such a network. So take it as his desire. The U.S. news organizations have written reports about this, stating what seems like the obvious Trump plan: state-run media.

Well, the U.S. is already in the global media business. It's called Voice of America, the U.S. government-funded TV/radio broadcast group established in 1942. It airs broadcasts in 45 languages to an estimated 240 million people worldwide.

Part of the VOA charter is that “news will be accurate, objective, and comprehensive... [And that] the VOA will represent America, not any single segment of American society, and will therefore present a balanced and comprehensive projection of significant American thought and institutions.”

However, some consider Voice of America to be a form of propaganda.

OK, Trump supporters, weigh in -- media-wise. Does this take priority over building a wall? (Or maybe it’s a “media” wall?)

No matter. Perhaps we should take a look at how other countries have performed in “owning” media. (There is RT, formerly Russia Today, a Russian international television network funded by the Russian government. There is also the BBC, a public service broadcaster, which includes BBC World News, the international 24-hour English-language news service, and the BBC World Service, the world's largest international broadcaster, which broadcasts in 40 languages.)

Just remember: Trump likes to give his opinions, so maybe we need another ‘f’ word Not facts. Not Fun. Fake.

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  1. Kenny Kurtz from creative license, December 3, 2018 at 2:32 p.m.

    More Trump strumming the banjo strings to "drum up" additional attention, and electability insurance for four more years.

    A "state run network" would require socialism, and that ain't happening under Trump. So, a "state run" network will be an impossibilty 'til at least 2024.

    Even then, a socialistic propaganda network aready exists. CNN.

    Securing our borders is our #1 priority. Listening to aforementioned socialistic propaganda network CNN, one could easily be led to believe that our country is anti-immigration. Nothing could be further from the truth... 1,000,000 asylum seekers and immigrants follow our rules, and laws, and are LEGALLY admitted annually. Doesn't sound anti-immigration to me.

    That 1,000,000 legally, and lawfully processed number would be much higher if the left wasn't so insistent on encouraging lawlessness, and a "let anybody in" mentality that thwarts legitimate asylum seekers, and immigrants willing to go through the process that our laws dictate. That's right liberals, the more you encourage non-existent borders, the tougher you make it for law-abiding, upright and upstanding citizens of other countries to be welcomed legally, and become American citizens. As with so much other liberal thought (and inaction)... unintended consequences are thoughtlessly given short shrift.

    The left, paradoxically, is FAR MORE anti-immigration than conservatives, and moderates. More ignorant too, because they ignore so much truth.

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