By now, you’ve probably heard about the flood of bad news coming out of the White House.
We’ve already seen the administration attempt to use the election to distract from the Russia scandal, the White Senate’s health care plan, and the disastrous Iran deal.
And now, we’ve heard about an impending crisis over the White Helmets rescue mission to save a baby who’d been maimed by a car bomb.
But there’s one major news story that’s still not getting much coverage: The White House has been trying to get Americans to report on the fact that the country is on the verge of another nuclear war.
The latest attempt to get the public to be complicit in the imminent nuclear apocalypse came in an email to reporters sent last week, and it comes at a time when we know the White Nationalist movement is preparing to unleash a full-scale nuclear strike.
The email, sent by National Security Advisor Ned Price to his staff, warned reporters not to use social media to report what he called “false news,” saying that the government is “actively encouraging” media to lie about the threat posed by nuclear war, the New York Times reports.
“As the Department of Defense continues to develop its strategy to prepare for nuclear war and is making significant strides in the field of nuclear security, we ask that you refrain from using social media platforms to spread false news and misinformation about nuclear war,” the email reads.
“We will not allow you to tell the public what to think.”
The White House email went on to warn that “media outlets will be targeted by false or misleading reports of the imminent threat of a nuclear war.”
“Media outlets, especially the mainstream media, have a responsibility to provide accurate, objective, fact-based information to the American public about the risks and consequences of nuclear war to the nation, to the United States, and to the world,” Price wrote.
“Our goal is to provide the public with the information needed to make informed decisions about their national security and future safety.”
The email is a classic example of the Trump administration’s “fake news” campaign, which has been at the heart of the administration’s response to the fallout from the Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
The administration has repeatedly claimed that Russia orchestrated the DNC hack, then used it to sway the election in favor of Trump.
In the months since the attack, the Trump White House, the media, and a small number of Democrats have repeatedly asserted that Russia’s meddling in our election was orchestrated by the Russian government.
And it’s not just reporters and pundits who are getting caught up in the White Trump propaganda machine.
Some Democrats are also calling for the release of the emails in the face of growing calls for accountability from lawmakers and other critics of the government’s nuclear buildup.
“In the interest of truth, the truth will prevail,” Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.
“Let’s just let the truth out of government and hold accountable those who knowingly lied about the dangers of nuclear weapons.”
The emails have caused a stir in Congress, where lawmakers are demanding answers and demanding to know why the administration is attempting to get people to report false information.
“If the Whitehouse has a problem with reporting on what we’re doing with our troops and the nuclear threat, then let them do so.
But if they’re trying to pressure journalists to report falsehoods, they should do so in a way that respects the freedom of the press and does not create an environment that encourages false reporting,” Sen. Joe Manchin (D) told reporters Thursday.
“If they’re asking me to say ‘we’re not going to release this,’ I’m not going.
I have a duty to the country to do it.”