“I think Donald Trump became president of the United States last night,” remarked CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. “I think this was actually a big moment.”
“For the first time really as president,” he added, “he talked about international norms, international rules, about America’s role in enforcing justice in the world.”
This, according to veteran journalist and former CBS News anchor Dan Rather is “concerning”.
“The role of the press is to ask hard questions,” Rather wrote on social media. “There is ample evidence that this Administration needs to face deep scrutiny. The lies we have heard, the chaos in governance, and the looming questions about ties with Russia – itself a major player in Syria – demand that the press treat this latest action with healthy skepticism. Perhaps it was the right thing to do. Perhaps a strong and wise policy will emerge. But that judgement is still definitely hanging in the balance.”
“The number of members of the press who have lauded the actions last night as ‘presidential’ is concerning. War must never be considered a public relations operation. It is not a way for an Administration to gain a narrative. It is a step into a dangerous unknown and its full impact is impossible to predict, especially in the immediate wake of the first strike.”Click here for reuse options!
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