It’s been one week since the White House backed down and gave CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta his press pass back ‚ and clearly President Donald Trump is itching to reignite one of his favorite rivalries.
Out of nowhere, the president on Monday proposed starting a U.S. government-run or -funded television network on Twitter, something that essentially already exists in the form of Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
“While CNN doesn’t do great in the United States based on ratings, outside of the U.S. they have very little competition,” Trump tweeted on the quiet news day. “Throughout the world, CNN has a powerful voice portraying the United States in an unfair and false way. Something has to be done, including the possibility of the United States starting our own Worldwide Network to show the World the way we really are, GREAT!”
The president’s suggestion was, not surprisingly, met with both revulsion and skepticism on social media.
“Trump broaches the idea of starting state television because of his unhappiness with CNN,” wrote The New York Times‘ White House reporter Peter Baker.
“Maybe Trump TV isn’t dead after all,” wrote The Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey.
As always, it’s not clear whether the president’s proposal was serious. Trump has previously threatened to revoke television broadcast licenses over critical coverage — something he has no ability to do.