'Who Owns Trump TV? The Trump Organization? Is It a Kind of Campaign Contribution? Is That Legal? And Is There Any WH Cooperation?' Asks Conservative Pundit
On Saturday CNN contributor Kayleigh McEnany announced on social media she was leaving the news network and would "be moving to a new role."
Now taxpayers are demanding to know who's paying for it.
"Thank you for joining us as we provide you the news of the week from Trump Tower here in New York," McEnany tells viewers on Facebook and Twitter. In just 24 hours her video (above) has been viewed more than 1.1 million times on Facebook alone. (Twitter does not publicly provide viewing statistics.)
After rattling off positive economic indicators, including the unemployment rate and consumer confidence levels, McEnany, in her "news" video, "reports" that "President Trump has clearly steered the economy back in the right direction." Many economists disagree, believing Trump is benefiting from policies of the Obama administration, is "overstating his responsibility for recent better growth and jobs numbers," and "might also be a drag on growth."
McEnany's "news" is not entirely fact-based. "For decades, a steady rise in immigration has depressed the wages of American workers," McEnany falsely states. She also claims Trump's newly-announced attack on legal immigration will "raise wages, decrease poverty, and save the taxpayers billions." That's at best disputable.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia under President Barack Obama, Michael McFaul, said the video "Feels eerily like so many state-owned channels I've watched in other countries."
And CNN investigative reporter Andrew Kaczynski noted, "You get the same vibe from this broadcast as those paid-programming news-style programs that air at 3am."
The video begins with the Trump-Pence campaign logo and ends with a photo of Trump at a campaign rally.
Many on social media, even conservatives like Bill Kristol, are demanding to know if taxpayers are paying for this Trump propaganda.
Real Q's: Who owns Trump TV? The Trump Organization? Is it a kind of campaign contribution? Is that legal? And is there any WH cooperation?â€” Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) August 7, 2017
Are taxpayers paying for your Trump propaganda fake news network on Facebook? How much are you paying that blond mouthpiece to lie for you?â€” Charlie Corley (@Charlie_Corley) August 7, 2017
Guess it was only a matter of time before we got a propaganda channel devoted to Trump. Wonder if taxpayers are footing the bill??? https://t.co/S5GqkEXvFqâ€” Elyse (@wraithfodder) August 7, 2017
So who is paying @kayleighmcenany to run a trump propaganda "news" site? taxpayers? trump campaign? trump himself?â€” Jeff Lewis (@ChicagoPhotoSho) August 7, 2017
Seriously, though, who's paying for this? If Trump Campaign, it's just dumb advertising. If taxpayers, it's the defintion of propaganda. https://t.co/p9fMbDKSHuâ€” ðŸ—½Bryan Edward Stone (@bestoneTX) August 6, 2017
The Philadelphia Inquirer's Rob Tornoe reports the funding of Trump TV is coming from the Trump re-election campaign.
"The program, which had previously been hosted by Trump's daughter-in-law Lara Trump and is paid for with funds from Trump's 2020 reelection campaign, appears to align with rumors that first appeared during the 2016 campaign of the development of a "Trump TV" program," Tornoe states.
HuffPost UK says now that thee's Trump propaganda TV, "Trump Has Gone Full-North Korea."
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