As much as I rant about our failed political press (which is very failed), the Fourth Reich is somehow worse:
White House says it is creating ‘very large’ dossier on Washington Post journalist and others
New York (CNN Business)The White House said in a story published Thursday that it was compiling a “very large” dossier on a Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter and others who it said are a “disgrace to journalism and the American people.”
The astonishing revelation about the White House’s efforts to discredit reporter David Fahrenthold came after The Post requested comment for a Thursday story he wrote with two colleagues. The story, co-bylined by reporters Josh Dawsey and Joshua Partlow, detailed howPresident Trump’s company “charged the U.S. government more than $900,000” for hotel rooms fees among other services at Mar-a-Lago.
In a statement, White House spokesperson Judd Deere accused The Washington Post of “blatantly interfering with the business relationships of the Trump Organization” and demanded “it must stop.”
“Please be advised that we are building up a very large ‘dossier’ on the many false David Fahrenthold and others stories as they are a disgrace to journalism and the American people,” Deere said.
If the White House actually was compiling a dossier, would they really announce it publicly? David Fahrenthold is a smart person, and I cannot imagine that knowing what they are doing he could not cover his (alleged) tracks if he wanted to. As an investigative reporter, he certainly would know enough about the means and methods to get ahead of them. So it’s not really Fahrenthold, it’s a threat against all of the press and a LOUD dog whistle for Possum Hollar: they will ignore any Trumpian misdeeds that Fahrenthold reports.
The apparent enemies list was bad enough, calling the press The Enemy of the People isn’t even a dog whistle, but to prepare a dossier is just inches away from having a Kangaroo Court and locking up journalists. And frankly, our failed political press wouldn’t be in this situation if they had not normalized Hair Füror for ratings and clicks. That Andrea Mitchell tweet earlier (with the Dan Gilmore commentary) is an example of how they’ve come to the party too late to do anything about it.