Iain Dale is Leading Britain's Conversation.
2 February 2017, 11:08
Wondering why Donald Trump is so keen to discredit the media? James O'Brien has a brilliant explanation of the reason why.
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Aside from Trump's repeated assertions that CNN is "fake news", his chief strategist Steve Bannon has told the media to "keep its mouth shut".
Today James offered a compelling reason for those attacks the administration has launched on reporters.
It's all to do with the botched US raid on an al-Qaeda stronghold in Yemen, which military officials in Washington DC have confirmed saw civilians - including children - killed.
"Why is he putting so much effort into trying to discrdit the media?" asked James. "I'll tell you why."
James then read two paragraphs from a Reuters report on the Yemen attack.
"US military officials told Reuters that Trump approved his covert counter-terrorism operation wihtout sufficient intelligence, ground support, or adequate back-up preparations.
"As a result, three officials said, the attacking SEAL team found itself dropping onto a re-enforced al-Qaeda base, defended by landmines, snipers and a larger than expected contingent of heavily-armed Islamist extremists."
James continued: "It also left a Navy SEAL dead.
"Now how on earth do you get away with stuff like that?
"Answer: you discredit the people who are telling America that that's happening. If you want to tell me to calm down...well, I've got a horrible feeling that unicorn in your back garden is a donkey with an ice cream cone stuck on its head."