These side-by-side photos show exactly how Fox News controls Trump's thoughts.

One of the most alarming aspects of Donald Trump’s presidency is the flippant way he handles his daily intelligence briefings.

His most important job is commander in chief of the world’s most powerful military, but he prefers a pared down oral briefing over the full daily document outlining the most pressing information from hot spots around the globe.

Leon Panetta, a former CIA director and defense secretary for President Barack Obama, highlighted the potential danger caused by Trump’s approach to intelligence.


“Something will be missed,” Panetta told the Washington Post. “If for some reason his instincts on what should be done are not backed up by the intelligence because he hasn’t taken the time to read that intel, it increases the risk that he will make a mistake.”

“You can have the smartest people around you — in the end it still comes down to his decision,” he added.

Instead, it appears as though Trump’s worldview is shaped by the hosts of Fox News.

Matthew Gertz, a senior fellow at Media Matters for America, believes that a recent Trump tweet where he threatened to “end” Iran came nine minutes after a segment that aired on Fox News.

On Sunday afternoon, Trump tweeted: “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!”

To bolster his theory that Trump was live-tweeting Fox News, Gertz showed how Trump followed that tweet up with tweets that aligned with a Fox news segments on immigration and Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

“A man with unparalleled access to the world’s most powerful information-gathering machine, with an intelligence budget estimated at $73 billion last year, prefers to rely on conservative cable news hosts to understand current events,” Gertz wrote in Politico.

It's unconscionable that a partisan news network should be given so much power and even more disturbing that Trump considers it a trustworthy source.

This isn’t the first time Gertz has caught Trump live-tweeting Fox News. He has lined up Trump’s tweets with Fox programming countless times on his Twitter feed.

Here are just a few examples:

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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