Policy

Some Troubled by 'Trump TV'

Online videos touted on president's Facebook page as alternative to 'fake news' 8/10/2017 10:28 AM Eastern
Presidential daughter-in-law Lara Trump acts as anchor for the administration on "Trump TV."

President Donald Trump continues to get pushback on a video series he has started posting on his Facebook page trumpeting his accomplishments in a news-style format billed as an alternative to "fake news."

The first video in the series, posted last week, was created by Lara Trump, wife of the president's son Eric Trump and onetime producer at CBS' Inside Edition; she also serves as on-camera anchor, talking about jobs and unemployment figures and other topics she suggested had been drowned out by fake news.

The video series is sponsored by Trump's reelection committee.

A second edition, billed as "News of the Week," was posted on Aug. 5 and "anchored" by former CNN commentator Kayleigh McEnany, who delivered the news from Trump Tower in New York. McEnany ended the video with the sign-off. "That is the real news."

""[T]he adoption of phrases like 'fake news' and 'real news' is alarming, especially coming from the president," Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute, said in an interview on website Vox. "This is Orwellian, and it’s happening right now, right here."

The president has repeatedly branded major news outlets, including The New York Times, Washington Post and CNN, as fake news and biased outlets attempting to delegitimize his presidency. His response has been to try delegitimizing the media.

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