Trump’s Attack On CNN Came Minutes After Putin Signed Law Targeting U.S. Media
On a seemingly coordinated move, minutes after Russian dictator Vladimir Putin signed a law targeting U.S. journalists, President Trump attacked CNN’s international news arm.
Trump on Saturday launched a fiery attack on CNN on Twitter, declaring that “Fox News is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN, but outside of the U.S., CNN International is still a major source of (Fake) news, and they represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly. The outside world does not see the truth from them for their role as the world’s window.”
Trump’s assault on the U.S. media came minutes after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law a bill that would allow his government to register U.S. media as foreign agents.
The move comes not long after multiple Russian officials threatened retaliatory action in response the U.S. government’s recent decision to force Russia Today, a state-owned Russian media company, to register as a foreign agent.
The Foreign Agent Registration Act was passed in the United States shortly before the start of World War II. It was established to “insure that the U.S. Government and the people of the United States are informed of the source of information (propaganda) and the identity of persons attempting to influence U.S. public opinion, policy, and laws.”
The near-simultaneous announcements have raised eyebrows. Whether or not the moves were deliberately coordinated, it seems more than a little conspicuous that a President of the United States would choose to attack the free press in his own country right after a despotic regime’s announcement that it is implementing a law to shut down the foreign press in their country.