It seems like centuries ago when bogus right-wing news stories were proliferating on social media, and normal, media-literate people began denouncing a thing called “fake news,” i.e. actual fake news stories. Seeing an opportunity to warp reality, Donald Trump appropriated the term and began referring to any journalism that he didn’t agree with as “fake news”—and voila. “Fake news” is now a completely meaningless, unutterable phrase. Now, after several weeks of people pointing out that his words and actions are racist, Trump has decided to start throwing around the R word, whether or not it makes sense.
This morning, a reporter asked Trump to comment on his allegation that there’s an anti-conservative bias on social media. Sweating profusely, he launched into a diatribe about Hollywood’s racism, presumably against the right wing, which doesn’t qualify as a “race.”
TRUMP asked about Twitter:
“Hollywood is racist." pic.twitter.com/t60Y50oA6V
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) August 9, 2019
“They’re treating conservatives very unfairly. Hollywood, I don’t call them the elites. I think the elites are people that go after them in many cases,” Trump said. “But Hollywood is really terrible. You talk about racism, Hollywood is racist!” He added that the movies coming out are “actually very dangerous for our country.”
The assumption is that his stream-of-consciousness soliloquy was in reference to the forthcoming film The Hunt, a Blumhouse satire about “elites” hunting “deplorables.” In the wake of the most recent mass shootings, some networks reportedly pulled ads for the film, which is scheduled to be released on September 27.
Politico reported earlier this week that the White House is drafting an executive order regarding “anti-conservative bias” in social media. “If the internet is going to be presented as this egalitarian platform and most of Twitter is liberal cesspools of venom, then at least the president wants some fairness in the system,” a White House official reportedly said.
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