Actor Rob Reiner warned about the very survival of democracy under the presidency of Donald Trump, declaring that “state-run TV” networks have “aligned” themselves with the president.
The left-wing Hollywood director opined that “we are fighting right now for the soul of our democracy,” as he ranted about a Russia conspiracy theory on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday.
“We have never seen anything like this. We have a foreign power, basically trying to undermine our democracy and the possibility that the president of the United States is in conspiracy with that foreign power. This has never happened before in this country. You can see why the other side is putting out a full court press because they know that what’s coming down the pipe, conceivably, it is the biggest scandal in American history and we are fighting right now for the soul of our democracy,” Reiner said before turning his attention to the media.
“You’re under attack. The press is under attack and right now, if you remove the ability to get the truth out, then you’re going to have the destruction of democracy,” he told substitute hosts Nicolle Wallace and Willie Geist.
“There’s no checks and balances coming from Congress. Right now, the courts are holding, but this is the first time in American history where you have a state-run television — Fox, Breitbart, Sinclair, Alex Jones aligned with the president of the United States.” Reiner continued his rant. “That’s very, very tough. The battle lines have been drawn. And we’re going to see whether or not democracy survives.”
Apparently missing the irony in her response, Wallace complimented Reiner for his “storytelling” and asked him to elaborate on “the coalition you just listed, the president of the United States, his lemmings in the House Republican Freedom Caucus who are doing his bidding, basically waging a war against the Trump-appointee-led Justice Department and FBI, the network you just listed.”
“Are they doing a better job telling a false story than the truth-tellers are doing?” Wallace asked, conveniently forgetting the days MSNBC’s Chris Matthews got a thrill up his leg watching former President Obama.
“No. The truth tellers are telling the better story,” Reiner responded, presumably meaning that only liberal media outlets are telling the truth.
“The problem is that when you’ve got 40 percent of the country that is only tuned into the lies, and they are cemented, it’s going to be very hard for the truth to break through when all the information comes out,” he concluded.
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