Trump Sends Threatening Memo To News Media Attacking Journalists Who Criticized Trump

Following the release of the four-page alleged summary of the report Mueller handed in to U.S. Attorney General William Barr over the weekend, Republicans, including Donald Trump himself, have widely declared the report to be a total exoneration of Trump in spite of the fact that even the summary clearly states that it’s not an exoneration of Trump. Now, Trump and his communications director Tim Murtaugh have issued a memo to “Television Producers” with a list of demands.

In short, Trump is very upset that various news media have interviewed and/or employed people who believe that Trump has committed crimes and is now demanding that if they must have these individuals back on the air, they must grill them about how wrong they allegedly were.

“Moving forward, we ask that you employ basic journalistic standards when booking such guests to appear anywhere in your universe of productions,” the memo reads. “You should begin by asking the basic question:

‘Does this guest warrant further appearances in our programming, given the outrageous and unsupported claims made in the past?’

At a minimum, if these guests do reappear, you should replay the prior statements and challenge them to provide the evidence which prompted them to make the wild claims in the first place.”

Nothing gets the media on your side like telling them all that they’re incompetent journalists and then telling them how to do journalism, especially when your suggestions are the kind of incredibly biased approaches that even Fox News “journalists” would balk at. Some of them, at least.

The memo includes a list of individuals who, according to Trump, have been particularly mean to him. It includes Senator Richard Blumenthal, Representatives Adam Schiff, Jerrold Nadler, and Eric Swalwell, DNC Chairman Tom Perez, and former CIA Director John Brennan. With this list is a quote from each either using the word “collusion” or, in the case of Mr. Brennan, “treason.”

Apparently, because Donald Trump isn’t in prison right now, these people were all total liars and Bad for America.

To be clear, nothing in this memo is binding because the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights says that the President can’t force the media to do his bidding. How inconvenient for Trump. However, the memo is being widely condemned for being an unprecedented attack on journalistic freedom. Not to mention how much it makes Trump look like a giant baby.

Rep. Eric Swalwell himself is having none of this blacklisting crap.

Donald Trump is a liar and a traitor who almost certainly colluded with Russia, obstructed justice, and committed numerous additional crimes during and before his campaign and presidency.