In a pair of tweets posted Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump appeared to suggest the U.S. government should sponsor its own news network — a notion some are calling “propaganda.”
After complaining about CNN’s “unfair” coverage and claiming that it has “very little competition” outside of the United States, the president declared that “something has to be done.”
That “something,” he wrote, includes “the possibility of the United States starting our own Worldwide Network to show the World [sic] the way we really are, GREAT!”
….and false way. Something has to be done, including the possibility of the United States starting our own Worldwide Network to show the World the way we really are, GREAT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2018
Some noted that Voice of America, the government’s overseas news network, already exists.
“It’d be like America’s voice, broadcast around the world,” The Daily Beast‘s Lachlan Markay tweeted. “Hey, we could even call it…Voice of America.”
Others still noted that it sounds a lot like state-sponsored propaganda news.
“He wants ‘us’ to start ‘our own’ worldwide network to compete with CNN,” actress Marsha Warfield tweeted. “Scared yet?”
He wants "us" to start "our own" worldwide network to compete with CNN.
If not, why not? https://t.co/IJpRe03FoL
— Marsha Warfield (@MarshaWarfield) November 26, 2018
Check out more responses below:
President Trump in favor of government-run propaganda https://t.co/7exUI3WH7E
— Evan Rosenfeld (@Evan_Rosenfeld) November 26, 2018
Ah, yes. State TV. What could possibly go wrong? https://t.co/5eu4VXBKAN
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) November 26, 2018
How great are we when our "leader" can't even use punctuation correctly? https://t.co/jwQGK56JDt
— Tyler Kloster (@docktorvenkman) November 26, 2018
— 487 days and counting (@MeThatYouKnow) November 26, 2018
Right, Hitler did this https://t.co/2NPA009Ev2
— Sandi Bachom (@sandibachom) November 26, 2018
— Joseph Lawler (@josephlawler) November 26, 2018
— rabia O'chaudry (@rabiasquared) November 26, 2018
This network will be a 24/7 Sábado Gigante for white people. Like Fox but with even more beauty queens. https://t.co/btivHuRaIG
— Adrian (@blagojevism) November 26, 2018
or, failing that, what about some sort of World Wrestling Entertainment league https://t.co/kScDxn3783
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) November 26, 2018