How to stop a Trump presidency: The media
As president, Trump is expected to sign a flurry of executive orders to implement his agenda.
But how does the news media cover these?
Here are five questions that reporters and editors must ask themselves.1.
Is Trump an authoritarian?
If you ask the press, Trump has been a “presidential authoritarian.”
Trump has made sweeping policy decisions and appointed his own Cabinet, often in opposition to the advice of Congress.
His administration has also been characterized by a “lack of accountability.”
In the words of one Washington Post columnist, Trump “has not held a full Cabinet meeting.”2.
Is he a racist?
A 2015 study from the University of Chicago’s John F. Kennedy School of Government found that nearly a third of Americans say they “have not been able to get an accurate picture of how racist Trump is.”
The study found that this perception has been fueled by social media and by the fact that Trump has not been fully transparent about his views on race.3.
Is his administration stacked against journalists?
President Trump is an outspoken and controversial president, but his administration has largely succeeded in stifling the press and shielding him from accountability.
A recent Wall Street Journal article noted that in the past few months, Trump had called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”4.
Is there a lack of transparency?
When it comes to transparency, Trump and his administration have failed to make good on promises made by his campaign.
His executive orders on immigration, trade and national security have been riddled with technicalities and loopholes, and the president has failed to explain them in full.5.
Is the president a racist and a misogynist?
As the American Civil Liberties Union pointed out in a recent report, Trump, who has repeatedly boasted about his popularity with white supremacists, has been accused of using racism to justify sexist and misogynist policies.
Trump has also made sexual harassment allegations against many women, including former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, who accused him of “rape.”
The president’s comments on women have been compared to that of former President Bill Clinton, who once called a female reporter “a nasty, nasty woman.”