Mr. Simon beclowns himself and proves President Trump’s point about fake news.
The executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalism compared President Donald Trump to the late Venezuelan leftist dictator Hugo Chavez in a column Friday.
“What does Trump have in common with Hugo Chavez? A media strategy,” Joel Simon wrote in a column for the Columbia Journalism Review. The piece was published the same day President Trump labeled several news outlets the “enemy of the American people.”
Simon wrote, “Trump’s unrelenting attacks on the media and attempts to undermine its credibility and paint it as an opposition force are straight out the Latin American populists’ playbook.” While these Latin American populist leaders are “leftist-oriented there are remarkable similarities between the two in the rhetoric they employ to mobilize supporters,” the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalism wrote.
Simon went on to write that Chavez, Bolivia’s Evo Morales, and Nicragua’s Daniel Ortega, among others, “all rose to power in campaigns that targeted the media.”
“Hugo Chávez frequently called the media opposition coup plotters and fascists. More mildly, Argentine President Néstor Kirchner and Uruguayan President Tabaré Ramón Vázquez Rosas refer to the press as the ‘unelected political opposition.’ Sound familiar?,” Simon added.
He wrote that these leaders used a divided society to advance their agenda and that the first step to accomplishing this is stopping the press from having the “ability to provide a shared, unifying narrative.”
“In Latin America, this process was aided by the fact that the traditional media has been allied with oligarchic interests,” Simon added. [Editor’s note: Similar, perhaps to George Soros, Nancy Pelosi, Tom Steyer, and Hillary Clinton?]
President Trump said Thursday that “much of the media speaks not for the people but for the special interests and for those profiting off a very, very obviously broken system.”