Hope you had a nice holiday because your unhinged President is back to work attacking the free press for no apparent fucking reason

Donald Jerkass Trump, who is still, improbably, impossibly the President of the United States has been having another meltdown about the media over the past week. Technically this news-based tantrum began with a petulant and endlessly derided tweet about not being made Time Magazine‘s Person of the Year in another example of his, “YOU CAN’T DUMP ME BECAUSE I BREAK UP WITH YOU FIRST!” defense mechanism. (See also: The Golden State Warriors, Trump’s Business Council.)

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In addition to many many many many responses that pointed and laughed at Troog’s spun-glass ego, Time Magazine felt compelled to respond:

So, when that attack didn’t work out for “Your Favorite President” (as designated by himself), President Tool went after another media target, CNN International:

Many CNN journalists responded, but the best, most withering response came from CNN itself:

It should be noted that the most poignant response to this hideous claim by President Troll, came from respected journalist Christiane Amanpour:

Then, 8 minutes after he attacked CNN International for being “Fake News,” Trump promoted a fringe website, Maga Pill:

Here are a few superfun things this Maga Pill site believes in: “false flag terrorism,” “organ harvesting,” “child/human sacrifice,” “weaponize forced vaccination,” “earthquake machines,” and “off-planet secret space programs with technology 50-1000 times more advanced than the tech on the surface of the earth.” Oh, and also that the world is being run by a triumvirate that includes the Vatican, unidentified “royals” and “banking families.”

So, yeah, this is what your President thinks is “real news” as opposed to what CNN reports. Good luck sleeping tonight!

Before we move on to the rest of this morning’s outrageous attacks on the free press, it needs to be noted that this isn’t the first time he’s complained about the fact that Fox News isn’t a primary international news source. Buried under his irrational tantrums about LaVar Ball was this nugget from November 15:

But anyway, after Morning Joe insisted this morning that all media must denounce these reckless attacks on CNN and its journalists, Donald Tweeter responded in his typically adult and most presidential fashion:

Before lashing out specifically at Morning Joe:

And because all of this is connected: The Groper-in-Chief is now telling people that it is not him on the Access Hollywood tape. DESPITE HAVING ACKNOWLEDGED THAT IT WAS. PUBLICLY.

But something deeper has been consuming Mr. Trump. He sees the calls for Mr. Moore to step aside as a version of the response to the now-famous “Access Hollywood” tape, in which he boasted about grabbing women’s genitalia, and the flood of groping accusations against him that followed soon after. He suggested to a senator earlier this year that it was not authentic, and repeated that claim to an adviser more recently. (In the hours after it was revealed in October 2016, Mr. Trump acknowledged that the voice was his, and he apologized.)

What Donald Trump wants is to be the final arbiter of truth. Because CNN and MSNBC refuse to give him the same slavish coverage that Fox News and whatever the hell “MAGA PILL” is, because they continue to report actual facts and not sycophantic garbage, he dismisses them as fake. Which is exactly what he is trying to do now with the Access Hollywood tape: it does not align with his recently edited version of reality, therefore it is now “not authentic,” despite having himself having admitted it was real just over a year ago.

This barrage of lies and distractions is exhausting and tedious and so fucking repetitive to the point where I feel like I am wasting everyone’s time by yelling about it again and again and again. This isn’t a new story with this asshole, this isn’t some new attack, you’ve heard all of this before too many times to count.

But I feel it bears pointing out every single time for a couple of reasons: 1. We must never become inured to the President of the United States waging an endless war on the First Amendment, the free press, and facts. That can not be a thing we normalize. Ever.

And 2. It is important to keep your eye on the bigger picture of why he is doing this:

Someone is frightened about where this Russia investigation is going. Robert Mueller is breathing down the back of Donald Trump’s neck, and the Liar-in-Chief knows that ultimately his only defense is to cast a cloud over the very existence of facts. Unfortunately for him — but fortunately for this country — that tactic is unlikely to work on Mueller.

Harassment Bingo

Richard Branson is your Shitbird of the Day. “No recollection of this matter,” is not exactly a denial.

U.K. TV host John Leslie has been charged with sexual assault.

John Conyers stepped down from the House Judiciary Committee, while Nancy Pelosi defended him on Meet the Press to the dismay of many Democrats.

The LAPD has 28 open sex crime cases involving Hollywood and media figures. More to come. And the first civil suit against Harvey Weinstein has been filed.

Journalism schools are rescinding the awards they once gave Charlie Rose.

NOT NOW, MORRISSEY. OR YOU, STASSI SCHROEDER.

In Other TV News

More Game of Thrones filming and casting updates. Nothing explosive in here — aside from a hint of a suggestion that the Freys could maybe possibly be back  —  but if you want to see some blurry pictures of crew trucks, this is for you.

We now know who will be crossing over to Fear the Walking Dead and it’s not who we all expected it to be.

House of Cards will resume filming on December 8, wherein I assume Frank will keel over in the opening moments, and Claire will step over his dead body, look into the camera, and say, “Alright, where were we?” and never speak of him again.

Things I learned this weekend: Steve Martin, Rob Reiner and Bob Einstein (Super Dave Osborn) were all writers on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

At least something good came of NBC’s Peter Pan.

I’m not sure that I knew this before now, but apparently the final season of New Girl will involve a four-year time jump.

Here’s a rant I can get behind. Wait, let me put that in English for you …

I’m very confused. What do chiles en nogada have to do with iZombie, and if you were going to give out an iZombie recipe, couldn’t you have come up with one that didn’t involve 25 ingredients and complicated sauces? I guess one must admire the ambition and the confidence in the typical TVLine reader’s culinary abilities?

Congratulations, Prince Harry and lady from Suits, Meghan Markle!

Congratulations, Seth Meyers and Alexi Ashe!

Oh, Naya Rivera, girl, no.

In Development

R.I.P.

Peter Baldwin, Director of The Andy Griffith Show, The Carol Burnett Show, WKRP in Cincinnati, Wonder Years and more.

Rance Howard, Actor, and father of Ron and Clint Howard.

Julio Oscar Mechoso, Actor

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