Just when we thought that we were done having to listen to Jim Acosta whine his way through another White House Press Briefing, the Department of Homeland Security has announced something that has CNN and others in a tizzy.
For months the Trump administration has been at war with much of the mainstream media. The polarization of opinion in online and television news-entertainment content has been steadily increasing in recent years, with diametrically opposed hotheads on both sides of the issue shouting toward the center of the political spectrum from their perches in right and left field, respectively. In the case of the largely biased mainstream media, the liberals are often shouting the loudest, and using that brute force to indoctrinate our nation’s youth.
President Trump, for his part, hasn’t been taking this lying down. The Commander in Chief has obviously kept up with his Twitter tirades, often using the platform to scoop the mainstream media that he continues to disparage…and with good reason.
Now, at the height of fake news mania, the Department of Homeland Security announced a rather Orwellian initiative – keeping official tabs on the journalists and media influencers throughout the nation. Predictably, this raised more than a few eyebrows.
The Department of Homeland Security posted a contract request this week for “Media Monitoring Services,” which will compile a database of hundreds of thousands of journalists, bloggers and “media influencers” for the federal government. After an outcry on social media, a Department of Homeland Security spokesman tweeted “this is nothing more than the standard practice of monitoring current events in the media.”
The work request from DHS seeks a firm that has the ability to monitor up to 290,000 global news sources; ability to track media coverage in up to 100 languages and the ability to “track online, print, broadcast, cable, radio, trade and industry publications, local sources, national/international outlets, traditional news sources, and social media.”
The work request also seeks the ability to build lists of journalists based on beat, location, outlet type/size and journalist role. Creating an online “media influence database” is also included.
This sent Twitter “activists” into a tizzy.
#BREAKING:Just when you thought you couldn’t be shocked any further by #Trump Admin,we now learn that there’s a plan at DHS to create a “MEDIA MONITORING” DATABASE that will MONITOR JOURNALISTS,SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCERS ETC. WOW!#TheResistance #CNN #MSNBChttps://t.co/bnwNalZT56
— Emoluments Clause (@Emolclause) April 7, 2018
In todays edition of how I can be like Putin…@realDonaldTrump ordered The DHS to compile a list & monitor professional journalists & “top media influencers,” which includes bloggers & podcasters.
If I don’t post anything for 3 days someone call Bob 😐https://t.co/ioUHe2ZHcM
— UnsilentMajority 🌹 (@The_UnSilent_) April 6, 2018
The fine folks over at Homeland Security were compelled to respond to the accusations of Big Brother-esque overreach:
Despite what some reporters may suggest, this is nothing more than the standard practice of monitoring current events in the media. Any suggestion otherwise is fit for tin foil hat wearing, black helicopter conspiracy theorists. https://t.co/XGgFFH3Ppl
— Tyler Q. Houlton (@SpoxDHS) April 6, 2018