Trump Pushes Senate To Investigate News Networks

Politico reports:

President Donald Trump urged Congress Thursday morning to launch an investigation of the news media, wondering online “why so much of our news is just made up.” He did not single out a specific story or media outlet that he believed to be guilty of inaccurate reporting.

Trump’s “fake news” complaints have been a staple of his political rhetoric, a label he often applied to stories that feature negative reporting about him or his presidency. Most recently, Trump has railed against reports that have characterized his administration’s hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico as inadequate, as well as against an NBC News report that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the president a “moron” over the summer and nearly resigned.

  • Gustav2

    In what country does this Trump person live?

    • Joe in PA

      On what planet?

    • coram nobis

      Tomania.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      Covfefestan

      • Gerry Fisher

        Yay-yes!

    • netxtown

      From Josh Kadison’s Delilah Blue:

      (Delilah’s in the bath tub now and it’s Black-Eyed Susan’s turn to ramble.)

      The President of the United States is on TV
      Tellin’ everybody the country’s doin’ fine.
      Well, he must be talkin’ ’bout some other country
      Cause honey, he sure as hell ain’t talkin’ ’bout mine.
      Wish I could strut up to the White House steps in Shirley Temple drag and sing
      Brother can you spare a dime?’

      Hey, Miss D, I could always pawn that Jayne Mansfield thing.
      How much cash you think that old rag’d bring?
      My ruby red dress I used to wear to sing
      Back when they’d whistle and they’d wow.
      Oh, Delilah Blue, what do we do now?

    • OdieDenCO

      it’s somewhere south of the state of confusion

      • JCF

        Adjoining the state of collusion!

    • Adam King

      Russia. He wants to turn our country into Russia.

    • Grumpys cats Best Friend

      Bowling Green, Nambia

    • MichaelJ

      In a country that is creeping toward fascism.

  • Tawreos

    Holy fucking shit this may be the scariest thing this asshole has ever tweeted…so far

    • thatotherjean

      If he’s far enough gone mentally to believe what he’s saying, I agree with you. If his chant of “Fake News!” isn’t just a divisive political ploy, we’re in deeper trouble than I thought, and that’s hard to be. And I thought he was unfit to be President before. . .

  • tbj5

    They’re booked solid investigating your real crimes.

    If you confess and go to prison In sure they’ll get right on it.

    • whollyfool

      FTW!

  • Frostbite

    Well Turnip, because if they went after “fake news” your precious Fox “News” would be the first one put out of their misery.

    • Todd20036

      Not to mention Alex Jones or Rush Limbaugh

      • Adam Schmidt

        Don’t forget Breitbart and Alex Jones (although I’m sure we all would love to forget them).

        • JackFknTwist

          I’m barred !

        • Frostbite

          Don’t get me wrong, those are important sites, but the cable “news” channel reaches a far larger audience.

          • Adam Schmidt

            Oh I get you and I agree that FOX is an important. But sites like Breitbart and Alex Jones are where a lot of the fake news starts that FOX then reports as “people are saying”. They help provide some sort of cover of supposed legitimacy to FOX and getting rid of that would be a big deal too.

          • Nowhereman

            Apparently a lot of people get their news online, and Breitbart and Infowars are two of the “news” sites that get shared among the stupid. They are not watching cable news. They are getting their information from what their Facebook “friends” are sharing with them, and never mind that their “friends” are probably Russian troll bots.

    • Jamie Brewer
      • JCF

        …and then she won a $20 million sexual harrassment settlement.

    • Chris Gardner

      Thank you for a good laugh this morning. Your statement is so true!! 🙂

    • Nic Peterson

      The broken calendar is correct once per year. We absolutely should investigate the fake news and perhaps some standards as a result. It’ll never happen.

      • Nowhereman

        If we got rid of all the fake news, no republican would ever get elected.

  • netxtown

    Maybe because they haven’t had the time to do it as they are still sifting through all the bullshit that comes out of your fucked-up mouth. Now THAT is fake ‘news’

  • Christ. What an evil cancer on the soul of America.

  • Rex

    Good idea, let’s start with Fox News.

    • Acronym Jim

      Ironically, the organization got its name from a misspelling of the original proposal that was in French – Faux News.

    • Charlie 2001

      I was thinking Alex Jones. Congress needs to investigate the gay frogs.

  • netxtown

    You mean the same fake news that gave you endless hours of tv time during the election? You sure didn’t mind all that fake news then….

    • Todd20036

      Wonder if CNN realizes they fucked up big time, yet.

      • netxtown

        I guess we will have to wait to see if they picked their own poison – or executioner.

      • Uncle Mark

        Nah…they’re getting better ratings than the they have in years…even if it meant endangering this nation, as well as the freedom of the press by putting a celebrity tyrant in the office

      • The_Wretched

        RWNJs seem extra-resistant to introspection and acceptance of their own culpability.

    • crewman

      1) Trump doesn’t understand the media is not his PR wing.
      2) This is precisely something an authoritarian dictator would do on his rise to power.
      3) At times Fox News demonstrably pushes fake news. Other networks obsess about unimportant, easy-to-report-on things that don’t do our country good, but they don’t outright lie the way Fox News does. I’m guessing Trump is only interested in pursuing what he consistently calls fake news, which is what’s unflattering to him.

      • cleos_mom

        1) Trump doesn’t understand the media is not his PR wing.

        Considering their antics last year, that illusion is at least understandable.

      • Nowhereman

        The investigation has taken note that Fox seems to be working with the Russians on spreading pro Trump propaganda.

  • KarenAtFOH

    Hilarious, coming from a person who’s sense of reality comes not from his five senses, but from the chaotic neuronal firings of an unwell mind.

    • clay

      That, and “Fox and Friends”.

      • Tawreos

        Is there really a difference?

      • KarenAtFOH

        Talk about your chaotic neuronal firings!

        • clay

          Yes, I might have been sending a redundant signal.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      Syphlitic-neuro-psychotic-narcissist

    • cleos_mom

      Give him a break. He did eventually figure out what an “island” is.

  • clay

    1) “Fake News” sounded better in the original German.
    2) I’m not sure he’d fare any better if we were all watching C-SPAN.

    • Tatonka

      Falsche Nachrichten!

  • Kevin Perez

    I think Trump enjoys being humiliated in a passive/agressive way.

    • BearEyes

      the focus is still on him

    • Treant

      I’m betting the whores he brings into the White House are paid to spank and humiliate him while he pees in a diaper.

      • clay

        I betting he doesn’t pay them, and it has to be covered out of the security detail’s pockets.

  • barrixines

    Fakey faking faker fakes fakey fake.

    Obviously Melanka has forgotten to lay out the other flashcards for him this morning.

  • greenmanTN

    And now an important message from the king of I-Am-Rubber-You-Are-Glue.

  • Tawreos

    How is ending freedom of the press going to MAGA?

    • clay

      He has a plan. Why, within just thirty days of being inaugurated . . .
      he’ll have his people draft up something beautiful.

      • ColdCountry

        I absolutely love the reporter who was asking him about his plan, and summarized, “so your plan is to have someone else make a plan.”

        • vorpal 😼

          LOL brilliant. I had completely forgotten about that.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeMpEgO8lYY

          • ColdCountry

            ALL reporters need to push like that!

          • vorpal 😼

            Agreed. I just wish more people cared when they do, and recognized what they exposed.

      • cleos_mom

        That was to be after the first week and the demise of “Obamacare.”

    • Treant

      Shut up, that’s how.

      🙂 Seriously, though, by shutting up, there won’t be anybody with a national or widely regional platform to question anything Hair Furor does.

    • BJORN RAGNVALDR

      MAGA was never the intended outcome. This is how fascism works.

  • Smokey

    Well yes, because multiple sourced and researched, corroborated, and network lawyer vetted news is “fake”, but covfefe fueled tweets at 3am are reality.

  • Treant

    Oh, yes, let’s have fair, open, and bipartisan investigations into the news. Including Fox.

    Let’s do that.

    • PeterC

      And will that include his “tweets”?

      • Treant

        It damned well should since he’s using it in an official release capacity.

  • OdieDenCO

    donny, everybody is looking at the fake news, where it came from, who was targeted, why it all seemed to be in your favor, and how deep you are involved in the russian attack on OUR Democracy!

  • AJD

    What disturbs me is that he’s signaling his intent. If this guy gets into the right position he’ll no doubt start seriously cracking down on freedom of the press, with congressional Republicans’ obedience.

    • Snarkaholic

      He’s also called for shutting down the internet.

      • AJD

        I don’t know if that would be possible, but I wouldn’t put it past him to revive the mass online surveillance uncovered by Edward Snowden (assuming he hasn’t already). I read in Slate that there are plans to introduce mass biometric scanning at airports so they can literally trace your every move, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they expand it outside of airports too.

        • Snarkaholic

          He could probably block individual sites he disliked (any/all which are even slightly critical of him).

        • cleos_mom

          First he’d have to determine whether boss Putin is tired of Eddie yet.

  • Gene Perry

    Yes! Love the idea! Would love to see hours of congressional hearings on C-Span (which would obviously conclude that FAKE NEWS is a figment of Donny’s dementia).

  • bambinoitaliano

    Why is a derange individual allow to preside over a country? Why is he not being remove by the National Health department?

    • thatotherjean

      Because we don’t actually have one of those. There’s really nobody in our government who can say definitively that you are or are not nuts. For the President, it has to be a joint decision of Congress, the Vice President, and Cabinet officials; and at present, no matter how much evidence there is, we’re not likely to get it.

  • Snownova

    For once he has a point, why don’t we start with say… FOX news?

    • BlindBill

      Only the fake news he does not like …. The GOP self-falatiating fake news will be exempt … Or something

    • kareemachan

      Or Infowars…. Or Stormfront….

  • Tatonka

    And why do we need a First Amendment when the Second is perfectly good? /s

  • Stogiebear

    As stupefying as this tweet is, it’s just as stupefying that his tweets are considered to be real correspondence from the president. Were I the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee I would ignore this “request” until it was in my hands in writing on White House letterhead over his signature. This governing by brainfart has got to be put down.

    • Bj Lincoln

      I agree. Twitter or any social media is not how one runs a country. I can’t believe Drumpf can just tweet something and it happens like kicking all trans people out of the armed services. I thought some governing body would have stepped in and made it clear this does not count as proper presidential correspondence.

      • ColdCountry

        I thought they did? Didn’t someone said something to the effect of, I’ll get right on investigating the consequences of that as soon as the the proper channels are taken?

        • lymis

          Yes, the Pentagon said exactly that. And then did exactly that.

      • DonnaLee

        All you have to tell him essentially is that you’ll get right on that, and he’ll go away and not look back. If people were not around him mentioning the wall with Mexico, I think he’d forget about it in a week.

    • CanuckDon

      I’m just hoping that this insanity doesn’t set a precedent for the future. I may be wrong but pseudo-governing this way hasn’t happened in any other nation yet. Trump is a special, one-of-a-kind lunatic (hopefully).

      • Christopher

        The Hubbinator and I just keep asking the same question over and over.

        “Where do we go from here?”

        • Schnackenpfefferhausen

          President* Trump is a product of the Republican party. They may be embarrassed by him, but he’s theirs. So unless they change priorities or strategies, we will continue down this route to god knows where. I hate that DJT has brought this willfully ignorant, incompetent, and hateful energy to the country and I hope we overcome it. But a fair portion of the country is on board and has been convinced they are on the right path.

    • John30013

      I doubt the Senate Intel Committee will give this tweet more than a fleeting thought.

  • Silver Badger

    Lets be sure to rope in Alex Jones and WND. Might as well have a full investigation. Sedation isn’t news.

    • Reality.Bites

      Nor is sedition!

      • olandp

        That is how I read it at first.

        • Silver Badger

          Well, you do have to be sedated after a few moments.

          • olandp

            It does work that way.

            I’m ready for my drip…

      • Silver Badger

        Fixed it. Thank you.

    • kareemachan

      Alex is even more batshit crazy than usual. Shall we bet on when his head will esplode?

  • berberine

    For those of you who don’t know, this week is National Newspaper Week.

    The California Publisher reported in August 1940 that on October 1-8, a Nationwide Newspaper Week, where “the entire press can organize in a united front to impress American readers with the reliability, integrity and enterprise of their newspapers, is being sponsored by the Newspaper Association Managers, with plans already underway.”

    My paper has been celebrating all week. Today, we’re giving out free hot dogs in the parking lot of the newspaper and asking for donations for the new dog park.

    I guess it’s kind of fitting that Trump would want an investigation into the news today. While there is fake news out there, I know he thinks it’s CNN, NBC, NPR, any news outlet that calls him out on his bullshit.

    I’d invite you all over, but I doubt any of you are anywhere close to Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

    • Silver Badger

      I will willingly visit Nebraska when Hell freezes over. Being born there was bad enough.

      • berberine

        It’s getting close. 50 degrees, partly sunny.

        https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/hell-mi/48169/weather-forecast/2211114

        • Silver Badger

          Both sides of my family settled Nebraska in covered wagons. Would that they kept driving. I escaped well over 50 years ago.

          • Treant

            They entered Nebraska, despair and depression took over, and they just stopped driving and settled where their tears fell.

            Several generations later, there you come, with some evolved immunity to the negative energy…

          • Silver Badger

            Actually, Nebraska is a beautiful state. It’s the people, not the real estate.

          • berberine

            I moved here from New York. It truly is the people that make things unbearable sometimes. The state is absolutely gorgeous with lots of things to do.

            I butt heads with people regularly, but I also speak to people who say it’s refreshing to have someone around who thinks like they do. There are some really good people out here in western Nebraska trying to make a difference and change things, but there is a loooooong way to go. I have no doubts it won’t change with my generation, but it will happen one day.

          • Silver Badger

            Perhaps. Don’t hold your breath.

          • Christopher

            That’s what I say about the South. The area is gorgeous, but the people ruin the view.

          • Treant

            The people could’ve gotten them down. 🙂

          • canoebum

            One of the most memorable fucks of my life was from a Nebraska farm boy. He was just jam-packed full of energy. Yummy. We met at the Denver Swim Club. A number of hours later, I asked him what kind of work he did. He told me he worked in a grain elevator. I asked, like as an accountant? He said, no, he loaded and unloaded trucks of grain. He had the muscles to prove it.

          • Silver Badger

            He had to go to Denver to have a little fun. I’m glad you were there for him.

        • TuuxKabin

          Saw a beautiful sunrise n Nebraska on the California Zephyr, headed to Chicago last month. And the first blue sky after leaving Colorado. From SF bay area to and thru Colorado, smoke and haze. Can we contribute for the dog park from a far?

      • PeterC

        You should celebrate it: I do as I was born in WAHOO. NE.

  • Charlie

    couldn’t we just have a quiet Thursday…sorta like the good old days?

    • Silver Badger

      Compared to Tuesday, this is a quiet day.

      • canoebum

        The day is young…

      • TuuxKabin

        so far.

  • MichaelJ

    This is what facism looks like.

  • Tomcat

    Yeah, why can’t the network news be more realistic like the internet ghouls are.
    Alex Jones, Jim Bakker, now there is where the real news is and it is that they are nuts.

  • olandp

    It is not fake just because you don’t like it.

    Grow up.

    • AdamTh

      That orange blob is 71 y/o now. He’s not likely to grow up any more…..

  • bkmn

    That makes Hair Furor sound like a fascist.

    • Treant

      That makes Hair Furor sound likea fascist.

      FTFY.

  • Reality.Bites
    • Bluto

      keerist, how did that even get proposed much less garner 1/3 of the voting.

      • Reality.Bites

        One could debate endlessly which of the two is a more abject failure as a human being, but one thing doesn’t change – conservatives don’t abandon scum no matter how scummy they are.

        The prick’s brother still did well running in his place.

      • Rick

        “He’s an asshole, but he’s OUR asshole.”

    • olandp

      That is a shame it didn’t pass, of course if it had passed the stadium would have to be renovated into some kind of Dada-esque shamble.

    • lymis

      Maybe they could just put up a nice plaque by one of the toilets.

    • The_Wretched

      Why would they even consider it? Was someone punking the council?

      • Hue-Man

        It would be a monument to what NOT to do with your life. In the midst of an opioid emergency, with domestic violence, anti-immigrant attacks, anti-LGBT harassment, a wife-beating crackhead who hated LGBT and POC, Ford is the poster boy for everything that is wrong in Toronto.

        Worse, I listened to left-wing and moderate pundits saying that they were OK with it because it was his neiborhood, he was a football fan, and he had broad voter support in his elections. That’s what I call PC.

        And it’s not over. wiki

        On September 9,2017, [Doug] Ford announced at his family’s annual “Ford Fest” (labeled as “Canada’s largest backyard BBQ,” where “Everything is FREE.”) that he would run for mayor of Toronto in 2018. He said; “This one’s for you, Robbie.”, in reference to his younger brother Rob Ford. Ford said that his opponent, John Tory, the current mayor is “all talk and broken promises,” he says. “Together we are going to take this city back.” This is Ford’s third run for the mayor’s job.

  • Max_1
  • Halou

    Because if they did that Breitbart, Fox, Infowars and the rest would all be taken off the air. Dear old Donald wont have anybody to boost his fragile little ego.

  • AdamTh

    This, of course, is just another Trump distraction….

  • Dutchlander

    Let’s investigate the fake presidency instead…

  • Ziad Baaklini
  • Dagoril

    Congress investigate fake news networks? Well, if you want them to look into the goings on at “Fox News” Donnie, I’m ok with that.

  • Rick Jackson

    Hey Donnie. Why don’t you go eat Putin’s dick you useless orange piece of shit?

  • Mark

    Why aren’t the investigating YOUR fake presidency??

  • kareemachan

    So glad to see that drumpster understands the Constitution SO well….

  • Mark McGovern

    Says the guy who lied 40 times last week…

    • Beagle

      Guess it was a slow week.

    • JCF

      Is that all?

  • Bluto
  • ceeenbee

    To do that would be a full time job for multiple committees just to investigate the white house propaganda department.

  • kelven

    His ramping up of the fake news cry means something big is about to drop and he is hoping to kill the messenger. He trying to plug all the leaks in the dam with those tiny tiny fingers.

  • paganguy

    Fox and Alex Jones won’t be thanking him for that.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer
    • bobbyjoe

      Ivanka almost knew a lot about prison, since we learned this week that she and Don Trump Jr would have been indicted for fraud in 2012 if Daddy hadn’t bought off the D.A.

  • TexasBoy

    Control the media, control the populace. Freedom is Slavery, War is Peace, Ignorancre is Strength!

  • Taylor Bixler
    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      That’s one of Noah’s best segments.

  • canoebum

    Why? Maybe because they’re busy investigating the on-going criminal enterprise you call a Presidency. When the President is a traitor and mob boss, it doesn’t leave time for Senators to chase your phony distractions from your malfeasance.

  • Chris Bartlett

    yes please!
    Every time he starts one of these stupid investigations it blows up in his face. Im sure this one would too.

  • ColdCountry

    Wasn’t it settled by lawsuit that “news” doesn’t have to be accurate? Either way, I really don’t think Donny wants to open that particular can of worms.

    • Friday

      Fox news sued to have a court establish that they *weren’t* news, but rather entertainment, so they wouldn’t be held to any standards of accuracy.

  • Jack

    Asshole.

  • Rebecca Gardner
  • Achilles Tsakiridis

    Careful what you wish for Donnie…

  • Barry William Teske

    And the winner is:

    Fox News.
    Follow the perps from there…

    • AdamTh

      FauxNews

  • Because Congress has no authority to do so. Try reading the First Amendment — the part about the free press.

  • cleos_mom

    I’m all for this. Pull out all stops and let Americans know who on FAUX is a bottled blonde and who’s a true-pink Aryan.

  • DaveMiller135

    They’re waiting for a reliable source, on the imputation.

  • yiddishbear

    I have to wonder what would happen if he tweeted and nobody reported it? Might be fun to see!

  • Uncle Mark

    Don’t worry, President Fucking Moron. There is currently an investigation of some of the fake-news on Facebook…generated by your Russian comrades. It’s all tied into the investigation of our fake-President and the fake-election

  • SFBruce

    No wonder Donnie is so upset over investigations about Russian meddling into the November election; he thinks this is Russia.

  • Bad Tom

    YES, Lord Dampnut, let’s have Congressional hearings about “Fake News.”

    Bring it, cupcake.

  • RJ Tremor

    This is what fascism looks like, right?

  • NMNative

    Maybe because it’s not fake, you fucking imbecile.

  • Scott MB

    There is only one reason they can’t do this, First Amandment protections and SCOTUS rulings you ill informed sack of monkey jizz. Hey dRump try reading it sometime instead of having people shove it up your butt and try to obsorb it by assmosis.

  • Galvestonian

    Well … for one thing, it isn’t fake news … and for another, just because you think it doesn’t make it so … if anything is fake, it’s most of the crap that you as POTUS (shudder) spew out of your presidential pie-hole on a daily basis. Those vomitious masses that you chunk out may fool some of the people of this country and you in your delusion may even think they are somewhat true but to the rest of us, you’re a pathetic power hungry old hustler tottering on the verge of Alzheimers disease, partially deranged and senile and crooked as they come, a liar of the first water, a thief among thieves, where every word is twisted or has a double meaning, a real snake, a bigot, a racist and just plain ugly inside and out.

  • danolgb

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

  • Tiger Quinn

    I hope people are redirecting their speeches here to Trump. Otherwise you’re just talking to a wall in the dark.

  • “Trump Pushes Senate To Investigate News Networks”

    Lemme fix that headline for you, Joe…

    “President Thinks 1st Amendment Doesn’t Apply to People Saying Inconvenient-But-True Things About Him”

  • Fartrell Cluggins

    He’s the typical toddler: “I don’t like what I’m hearing so it’s not real! Waah waah waaaaah!”

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c31982bb4bde0ce086ec1824b6c7855d36133d2669d2d2e5ea1649d50d89a5f2.jpg

  • KnownDonorDad

    If it results in Alex Jones being shut down, I could warm to it.

  • andrew

    Trump, the liar who for eight years attempted to undermine President Obama with that birther bull shit is concerned about “fake” news. LOL.

  • TampaZeke

    We ALL know why they’re not investigating. Because they know that by far the worst offender is Fox “News”.

  • Prost Seattle

    Hearings ought to be wrapped up, oh, I dunno, in 2020 some time? Whatever should I wear to the coronation?

  • Larry Lautzenheiser

    Why look at the networks? Look at the source which, happens to be Donald J. Trump most of the time.

  • trouble94114

    Yes Please. As long as an independent, bipartisan panel of fact checking experts were the folks making the calls, I’m perfectly fine with that.

    While I would prefer to think that DJT was fully aware and an active participant of the Flynn/Manafort/Kushner/DJT,Jr. conversations with Russia, I honestly don’t think he’s actually capable of ordering something from the McDonald’s and KFC menu without someone’s assistance, I think that, he really doesn’t realize that between the meetings, all of the various and sundry connections to Russian connected “businessmen/money launders”, back channel computer and in person communications with ex KGB affiliated banks and people, that rather than being “fake news” with no there, there, this really is a BFD, that stands a very good chance of torpedoing his Presiduncy.

  • David Kerlick

    Luegenpresse in Hitler’s original German.

  • Franciscan

    This whine is strictly a dog whistle to the Base, who think they hate the media (but probably not the local paper, which they don’t read anymore). Trump is not really going to present this to Congress. But it is a veiled threat to “the media”, as in “Don’t investigate me or I’ll make it difficult for you!”

  • itsnwman

    Funny, when trump pays for fake news releases from his Russian pals, it is okay. But when news media tells the truth, which shows him as the ass he is, he calls that fake news. Just as long as his base believes real news is fake, he still has a chance to be re elected. ITMFA

  • Ann Kah

    Those Puerto Ricans who are stranded up a hillside with no food and no water and no roads to get food and water – they’ll all be delighted to hear that the hurricane was merely fake news.

  • SFnomad

    I’m sure he won’t be happy when he finds out the #1 FAKE “NEWS” channel is Fox … aka Faux “News”.