In order to get rid of America's free press, we have to have an official state media. Sure, you can just call it Fox News, but Donald Trump has always wanted his own media empire, and now he's thinking about making that official.
President Donald Trump suggested that the government would launch a network to rival CNN International, as a way “to show the world the way we really are, great!”
Trump broached the idea in an afternoon tweet that again attacked CNN, this time its highly successful global network.
“While CNN doesn’t do great in the United States based on ratings, outside of the U.S. they have very little competition. Throughout the world, CNN has a powerful voice portraying the United States in an unfair….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!”
But the U.S. government already funds international broadcast outlets, including Voice of America, which has a budget of about $235 million, employs more than 1,000, and programs in more than 40 languages. One of its shows is “Plugged in With Greta Van Susteren.”
Voice of America is run through the U.S. Agency for Global Media, whose CEO is John Lansing, the former president of Scripps Network. At the time that Trump took office, there was a significant amount of consternation that he would try to influence the content of the VOA news operation. But Lansing told NPR that such an action would be “illegal,” and VOA has compared its standards and structure to that of the BBC.
Expect that to change. Trump wants his state media, and one way or another, he's going to get it.