Throughout 2016, Donald Trump’s campaign vigorously denied myriad media reports that if they lost the presidential election, the former Celebrity Apprentice host would create his own conservative television network. But now that he actually is president, Trump’s team is creating its own “news” reports to present a fawning, pro-administration contrast to the critical coverage he receives from the traditional media.
On Saturday morning, Kayleigh McEnany announced she had left CNN, where she had been employed to defend Donald Trump. “I will be moving to a new role. Stay tuned next week.”
But America was spared the suspense. On Sunday morning, Trump posted on his Facebook page campaign-tied video of actual fake news broadcast. “Join Kayleigh McEnany as she provides you the news of the week from Trump Tower in New York! #MAGA #TeamTrump” he instructed his supporters.
In the video, McEnany asserted that “President Trump has clearly steered the economy back in the right direction,” and confidently claimed that Trump is “dedicated to honoring these men and women who fought valiantly for our country and ensuring that they receive the care that they deserve,” and signed off with the tagline, “and that is the real news.”
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) August 6, 2017
During her time on CNN, McEnany defended Trump at all times, defending Trump’s sexist treatment of an Irish reporter, attacking former President Obama for golfing in 2002 (even years before his presidency), and making demonstrably false claims that legal protections for transgender people have enabled men to be sexual predators. Last December, she argued that it would not be fair to ask Trump to divest his holdings because doing so would be “depriving his children of their livelihood.”
Trump has spent much of his presidency attacking McEnany’s former employer, tweeting out a video edited to show him literally assaulting the CNN logo and deriding the network as “fake news” and “fraud news.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017
While on FAKE NEWS @CNN, Bernie Sanders was cut off for using the term fake news to describe the network. They said technical difficulties!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2017
These smears have come despite the fact that the network has employed what Trump advsier Kellyanne Conway called “our @CNN Dream Team,” a large stable of Trump loyalists, even including some former employees who were legally prohibited from criticizing him.