President Trump on Monday suggested in a tweet that the government should start its own television network as he complained about the way CNN has unfairly portrayed his administration around the world.
“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!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
….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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2018
The Hill notes:
Voice of America (VOA) has existed since 1942 and receives funding from Congress. The network’s broadcasts are streamed in the U.S. and internationally.
Trump’s background in television prior to entering politics led to reports during the 2016 presidential campaign that he would start his own television network if he lost to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Trump denied to The Washington Post in September 2016 that he had discussed launching a media network, calling the speculation a “false rumor.”
Trump has repeatedly attacked the news outlets that report for their coverage of his administration, labeling stories he dislikes “fake news” and reporters “enemies of the people.”