President Trump’s got secrets, and he’s slowly realizing it’s hard — if not impossible — for even the most powerful man in the world to keep a secret for long. But Wednesday’s revelation that for years, even during his presidential campaign, he’s been working with the owners of the sleaze-ridden National Enquirer to bury those secrets under piles of cash should be a wake-up call to more than just him. It should cause those who’ve been giving him the shadow of the doubt to view every word he says with suspicion.
Trump has masterfully placed “fake news” in the international lexicon, but it seems he’s been fighting a mythical monster of his own creation using the National Inquirer — the publication known for making millions off peddling many truly fake stories in supermarket check-out lines — to do his bidding.
The revelation that the parent company of the National Inquirer, American Media Inc., struck a non-prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors over the hush money they dropped at the behest of now-President Trump’s campaign and his former, and soon-to-be incarcerated personal attorney Michael Cohen seems damning.
If the allegations prove true — and federal prosecutors in New York surely believe them and they don’t go to court without tangible evidence — this latest revelation about America’s commander in chief shows that he cares more about burying the truth than allowing the public to ever know him as he truly is.
It also shows that the president views himself as a puppet master who is willing to use any means at his disposal to distort reality. The sad thing is he already seems to control the vast conservative media empire without having to spend a dime (that we know of) — though his current communications director is a former senior executive from Fox News, the previous communications director is now head of public relations for Fox News’ parent company and his prior senior counsel had been and (briefly) returned to being the executive chairman of the right-wing website Breitbart.