Media Thump on Trump

Media people can’t believe that a New York City “salesman…showman…hustler” has bested them. But they just can’t help themselves; they continue to criticize and attack him, stupidly like a kid repeatedly hitting a hornet’s nest with a stick.

Recently, I was surprised to see a bold, black headline, TRUMP WINNING WAR ON MEDIA, on a full-page feature story—complete with a picture of the President sneering at reporters in the Oval Office—in the Wilmington StarNews INSIGHT Section (C).

The subheading, of course, told more nearly the real story: “President’s refusal to play by the traditional rules working in his favor.” Clearly, these petulant posters’ aren’t going to give in for the last word.  The media have always controlled the rules and the political messages; they deeply… bitterly resent that Mr. Trump consistently beats them at their own game.

Actually, the article by a Washington Post typist, Philip Bump, was filled with plenty of rehashed criticism of President Trump—another hit-piece, as I see it.

Mr. Bump started throwing brickbats stating that much of Trump’s presidency has been spent “covering up the fact that he can’t…do everything and do it quickly.” Yet Bump begrudgingly admits, that the media keep “learning (not really) a painful lesson. There’s not much we can do about it,” he types.

Then, Bump goes about equating Trump’s offensive tactic with “asymmetric warfare,” military strikes employed by “insurgent groups and under-powered forces”—Islamic terrorists. I don’t recall any media operative ever recognizing the Obama administration’s blatant anti-American, Marxist-driven agenda. But they apply different “rules” to leftist groups—and the president’s culture.

Another criticism leveled at Trump, intensely galling to the media, is its claim that he refuses “ever to admit he was wrong.” Thus, writes Bump, the President “built a stunningly robust defense” against them. And he cites CNN as to “how it’s supposed to work. Self-correction. An admission of error and a pledge to do better.” CNN had retracted an article alleging a link between a Trump advisor and a Russian bank. #Fake News. The network “quickly acknowledged that its editorial process had broken down”—the Devil made us do it.

Most of the remainder of this article desperately tries to make Trump seem untrustworthy and dishonest. To balance that claim for fairness, I suppose, Bump wrote that Hillary Clinton wasn’t trusted either.

Finally, Bump wrote about Trump’s campaign claims that he could handle any of the problems our government faced, but when in office “admitted that the job was more complicated than he thought and mused out loud that health care was more complicated than anyone might have figured”—making false the claim that Trump refuses “ever to admit he was wrong.”

In a preface to Chapter Five, “The Propaganda Media,” Newt Gingrich in his new book (2017) “Understanding Trump” explains why President Trump finds it necessary to defend himself against his declared enemies in the American media:

During the 2016 campaign, and now in the presidency, one of the continuing surprises to President Trump has been the willingness of the elite media to lie. Initially, he would be shocked and uncertain how to respond. Despite all his experience in fighting with the New York City media (arguably the most aggressive and confrontational in the country) he was simply unprepared for the brutality and depth of dishonesty of our national media. To this day, he is surprised when reporters repeat various stories—even when it is clear how false they are.

Well, who can we trust? I side with Trump. His confidence, courage and “can-do” attitude is all-American. Since Ronald Reagan, we’ve had enough weasely, deceitful, incompetent and even subversive rascals in the White House. It’s time for a real American alpha-Male who bites back against the constant media thumping.

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About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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