He is going to get someone in the media killed

Brian Stelter at CNN has a detail I didn’t know:

On Sunday morning the president’s personal Twitter account, which has 33 million followers, posted a 28-second video of a WWE broadcast. The video was edited to show Trump beating up a man with a CNN logo on his face.

A short time later, the official @POTUS Twitter account retweeted Trump’s tweet to its 19 million followers.

The official potus account. Oyyyy. Goes in the library and all, that does.

Sunday’s video was part of an escalating anti-media campaign by the president.

CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post have been some of the targets.

On Saturday Trump tweeted that he wants to rebrand “Fake News CNN” as “Fraud News CNN.”

Sunday’s video reiterated that message with a Photoshopped “FNN” logo.

The video was immediately scrutinized on social media and television.

Some commentators, especially those inclined to support Trump, laughed at the video and savored the president’s latest media critique.

Others, perhaps, began planning to seek out particular journalists for the named outlets, to get in their faces or body slam them to the floor or shoot them in the face. Trump is working them up, and who knows how far it will go?

Some media figures expressed real concern that the video could encourage violence against journalists.

“It’s not just anti-CNN. It’s anti-freedom of the press,” CNN political analyst Carl Bernstein said on “Reliable Sources” on Sunday. “It’s very disturbing. There’s nothing lighthearted about it whatsoever.”

Bernstein, who with Bob Woodward broke the Watergate story as a reporter for the Washington Post in the 1970s, noted that Trump praised campaign coverage that was critical of Hillary Clinton.

“When it suits him, it’s great news,” Bernstein said. “When it doesn’t, it’s fake news.”

On ABC’s “This Week,” Ana Navarro called Trump’s tweet “an incitement to violence. He is going to get someone killed in the media.” Navarro, a Republican who is fiercely critical of the president, is a commentator on both CNN and ABC.

I’m sure Trump just wants them to get beaten up a little. I’m sure he doesn’t want them actually killed. Well ok I’m not sure, exactly, but I think it’s possible. Maybe.

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