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Dan Rather to the Press: Don’t Say Trump Is ‘Presidential’ Because of Syria Strike

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Pres. Donald Trump managed to hold it together long enough to order a missile strike on a Syrian air base AND make a statement about it without bragging about his electoral college win. Bravo.
Now some members of the press are falling over themselves to praise him for being “presidential,” like they did after his speech to Congress, when all that happened was he’d probably taken his meds.

Thankfully, retired broadcasting legend Dan Rather is here to remind us of what’s important — to stay focused and not let Trump get away with any of the dozens of terrible things he’s done, be it colluding with Russia, passing horrifying executive orders, or golfing at the taxpayer’s expense.

There is a tendency to rally around the flag, and a President who takes on a war footing can see a boost of support. It is often transitory. … The role of the press is to ask hard questions. There is ample evidence that this Administration needs to face deep scrutiny. The lies we have heard, the chaos in governance, and the looming questions about ties with Russia – itself a major player in Syria – demand that the press treat this latest action with healthy skepticism.

The number of members of the press who have lauded the actions last night as “presidential” is concerning. War must never be considered a public relations operation.

 

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