Driven to the point of outrage by the news media’s biased coverage of Puerto Rico and their reports on the relationship between himself and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, President Trump lashed out on Thursday at a familiar enemy. After the Senate Intelligence Committee announced that, according to their investigation, Russia had indeed interfered in the 2016 election, Trump tweeted, “Why isn’t the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up – FAKE!”
Trump’s remarks came out after Chairman Richard Burr and Vice Chairman Mark Warner announced that while they had found evidence of Moscow’s meddling, there was no indication that Russia had successfully altered the outcome of the election. They said that the new information that had come to light would expand the scope of the investigation going forward. Pointedly, they said they could not yet prove or disprove whether or not members of the Trump campaign actively colluded with Russian officials.
In a subsequent tweet, President Trump said that reports about Tillerson’s having threatened to resign were fictional. “Rex Tillerson never threatened to resign,” he wrote. “This is Fake News put out by NBC. Low news and reporting standards. No verification from me.”
Tillerson held a surprise press conference on Wednesday to reject the headlines stating that he had threatened to quit over the summer. According to the reports, Vice President Mike Pence had to desperately talk Tillerson out of resigning, fearing that another major defection would be politically harmful to the administration. NBC also reported that Tillerson called Trump a “f**king moron” after the president delivered a colorful speech to the Boy Scouts, an organization Tillerson once led.
“The @NBCNews story has just been totally refuted by Sec. Tillerson and @VP Pence,” Trump wrote. “It is #FakeNews. They should issue an apology to AMERICA!”
On Wednesday, Trump said that NBC was even “more dishonest than CNN,” calling them a “disgrace to good reporting.”
We don’t expect to see the Senate Intelligence Committee take up the president’s crusade against the mainstream media, but the good news is that they don’t have to. The media is doing a fine enough job of their own, ruining their credibility with every false story they write and with every unnecessary potshot they take at the duly elected president. The American people will be the investigators in this instance, and millions have already reached the only conclusion they need to make an informed decision about their news sources.