When Trump and some of his supporters call media outlets like CNN “fake news”, establishmentarians love to snort in derision. “Oh you Trump supporters. You just hate facts.” Neither Trump nor his supporters are known for their eloquence, but that doesn’t mean they are wrong.
The civil war in Syria has been raging since 2010, and it is absolutely crucial for us to understand it. ISIS has emerged out of the civil war, and as I write this, a new group is emerging called Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham, which includes the former Al Qaeda affiliate Al Nusra Front. As this group seems to have some of the characteristics of Al Qaeda, and some of ISIS, it is a group that Americans should seriously be warned about. Instead, CNN would rather devote most of their time to mocking Trump’s gaffs, or something as trivial as eating fried chicken with a knife and fork, and defending their wounded pride (ya know, from the Clinton loss despite expert predictions to the contrary) with more elitist arrogance.
CNN isn’t fake news because of fake facts. It’s more an issue of relevance. All mainstream media has done a poor job of informing the American public of what is going on in Syria. As I’ve explained many times before, if Americans knew about these dangerous terrorist groups, and the fact that the Assad regime, for all their faults, are fighting AGAINST these terrorist groups, we wouldn’t even be considering regime change in Syria. The only thing we’d be debating at this point is whether to help Assad, or just stay out of the way and let him take care of it.
But, ya know, Trump just says all those crazy things, and we just gotta report that. And as a southerner, I take deep offense to Trump butchering that fried chicken with a knife and fork. Pick it up with your hands, foo!
As Trump would say,
Now, let me do CNN’s job for them. The above briefly mentioned gas attack. We aren’t yet sure who did it. It may have been the Assad regime, as air craft were likely required. But it very well could have been a rival terrorist group. The area that was attacked is firmly held by Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham. So, the attack was on an area held by an Al Qaeda linked group, though this group has no present official ties to Al Qaeda. It’s just another example of the kind of ruthless tactics that are used in this ongoing, brutal civil war. If it was indeed by the Assad regime, we should remember that it was directed at a very dangerous terrorist group that is clearly hostile to the US. But it should also be noted that the attack showed no regard for civilian lives.
There, CNN! That’s how it’s done!