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Tom Hanks Is Not Pleased With Trump's Attacks On Media

By this point in time, we can safely say that President Donald Trump is an acquired taste that the vast majority of folks have made their minds up about already. Supporters love him, detractors hate him, and those in the middle really wish there wasn’t so much unnecessary drama dominating our everyday lives.

To further bolster those firm stances, it seems like there’s something new that comes down the pike every day.

For example, it’s no secret that Trump has a contentious relationship with the press. That tends to ebb and flow based on the news cycle, but we’ve hit a point where it has ratcheted up to a rather testy level.

Trump has been bashing the press for all sorts of things in recent times, and the press has struck back just as hard.

Supporters of the president love the fact that he’s standing up for himself, while detractors view him as a bully that’s attempting to stifle information. Those in the middle would love to talk about just about anything else, but that’s a story for another day.

As the Huffington Post shares, Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks recently appeared on CNN’s “Axe Files,” and he had plenty to say about Trump’s attacks on the press.

“They’re throwing dirt and oil into a bucket of water so that it all becomes undrinkable after a while,” he said.

As Hanks sees it, Trump’s attacks on the press will lead to a rise of what he calls “agenda-filled” outlets. Trump supporters will be quick to point out that the mainstream press seems to have quite an agenda of its own, while detractors will counter that with all sorts of other points to bolster their side of the argument. Hanks made it clear how he feels about it.

“I think it has fingerprints from other …[totalitarian] governments ... who’ve said, ‘We can’t shut them down because that will cause outrage, but we can denigrate them, we can call them names, we can tell people those are not the facts,’ that’s what he’s saying,” he continued.

“We are not the United States of America without the First Amendment.”

It’s a complex issue that can be settled in the confines of a simple discussion, but let’s just say that both sides of the argument have valid points. Perhaps someday soon, Trump and the press can declare loggerheads and agree to move forward in more productive fashion.

We’re not going to hold our breath on that happening, but we can dare to dream about some less dramatic times in which the average political news cycle doesn’t resemble a gossip mill.

Hanks didn’t think Trump had much of a chance prior to last year’s election, and it sounds like he’s still having a hard time wrapping his head around things. He joked that Trump’s victory seemed as likely as “torchlight parades in Charlottesville, and [that] Pocahontas jokes will be said in front of the Navajo code-talkers.

That would have been just as hellacious in imagination, I think, as what we have.”

Source: HuffPost
Photos: Dick Thomas Johnson/Wikimedia, Gage Skidmore/Flickr, YouTube, The White House, Yeoman 1st Class Donna Lou Morgan/Wikimedia

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