On Jan. 16, 2017 CNN ran a story, authored by Frida Ghitis, a former CNN producer and correspondent, entitled "Donald Trump is 'Gaslighting' All of Us." As Ms. Ghitis explained, the term gaslighting "comes from the 1930s play 'Gas Light' and the 1940s Hollywood movie version ("Gaslight") in which a manipulative husband tries to unmoor his wife, portrayed by Ingrid Bergman, by tampering with her perception of reality."
Ms. Ghitis claimed that as a candidate Mr. Trump had manipulated the public’s perception of what was true and what was not by "saying and doing things and then denying it, blaming others for misunderstanding, disparaging their concerns as oversensitivity, claiming outrageous statements were jokes or misunderstandings, and other forms of twilighting the truth." She declared that unless Mr. Trump radically changed his behavior once he became president, "gaslighting will become one of the words of 2017."
In another Ghitis hit piece aired by CNN on July 4, 2017, Ms. Ghitis linked to her earlier gaslighting story when describing what she referred to as President Trump’s "grotesque barrage of attacks on the media." She charged that such attacks reflected his "authoritarian" impulse "to create his own reality."
This past Tuesday, finding itself once again under attack by President Trump for its biased reporting at a rally of his supporters in Phoenix, CNN used its platform to engage in its own form of gaslighting by irresponsibly portraying the president as mentally unstable.
CNN's Don Lemon said of the president’s Phoenix speech that there was "no sanity there," adding every unflattering adjective he could think of. In order to add some gravitas to his rant, Lemon had CNN contributor James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, on his program to comment on President Trump’s speech. Clapper said, "I really question his ability, his fitness to be in this office." Recall that Clapper had lied under oath to Congress when he denied that the NSA had wittingly collected any type of data on millions of Americans. He is not exactly a reliable character witness.
CNN political commentator Ana Navarro wrote on Twitter after the Phoenix rally, "Only possible defensible explanation for Trump’s disgusting, unpresidential, narcissistic behavior, would be early-on-set dementia. Maybe."
CNN host Brian Stelter is quoted as saying that President Trump’s fitness for office often comes up as a topic for discussion among CNN’s supposed journalists, saying, "Questions like these: Is the president of the United States a racist? Is he suffering from some kind of illness? Is he fit for office? And if he’s unfit, then what?" This is according to Fox News.
CNN, like other Trump hating outlets, are full of individuals who pretend to be psychologists as well as objective journalists.
What provoked the anti-Trump media this time was that fact that President Trump would not accept the media’s post-Charlottesville narrative that he was a racist and a white supremacist sympathizer. He pushed back hard. He chastised the press for distorting what he had said in his response to the tragedy.
Reading from his prior statements in which he had spoken out forcefully against hatred and racism and condemned neo-Nazis, the KKK and white supremacists specifically, President Trump said the media "don’t want to report the facts."
The president did omit reference to his more controversial comments, in which he claimed there had been violence "on many sides" during the Charlottesville melee and that there were "very fine people on both sides." But it was those comments over which the media obsessed and took out of context. This was done without any acknowledgement that the bulk of his responses to the Charlottesville tragedy were his calls for unity and respect for one another — as Americans.
The president’s indignant protest that he had been falsely portrayed as a racist amounts to proof of his insanity as far as the anti-Trump media are concerned. Raising questions as to the president’s sanity often enough is intended to create a false narrative that, if left unchallenged, becomes conventional wisdom.
The objective is to build public pressure for President Trump to either resign from office or to be removed under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution. Trump haters simply refuse to accept the results of the election and are determined to see him gone. If gaslighting him does not work, they will move on to their next scheme to take him down.
Joseph A. Klein is a featured author for FrontPage Magazine and the United Nations correspondent for Canada Free Press. He has also authored the books "Global Deception: The UN’s Stealth Assault on America’s Freedom" and "Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations & Radical Islam." Klein, a Harvard Law school alumnus and practicing attorney, has been a guest on many radio shows as a commentator and has appeared on several TV shows including "Fox & Friends." For more of this reports — Click Here Now.
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