Reporters, columnists, talk radio blabbers, and even the elite media in Washington and New York think Trump is obligated to deal with them pretty much on their terms. Trump doesn't agree. The notion of catering to them has never crossed his mind. And probably never will.
In 2001, Dan Rather called Bill Clinton an “honest man,” adding bizarrely, “Who has among us have not lied about somebody? I think at the core he’s an honest person… I think you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things.” Don’t expect him to extend that standard to Trump. In Rather’s ludicrous lecture to (the WSJ's Gerard) Baker, one can hear the death rattle of a complacent media that disguises its partisan judgment as “truth.”
To refrain from labeling leaders’ statements as lies is to support an unrelenting but not omniscient press, one that trusts readers’ judgments rather than presenting judgments to them. If we routinely make these kinds of judgments, readers would start to see our inevitably selective use of a moral censure as partisanship. We must not only be objective. We must be seen to be objective to continue to earn our readers’ trust.
At various points in 2016, the press predicted that it was either Trump's "last chance" to save himself, or it was his opponents' "last chance" to stop him. But each time, he overcame those pitfalls and prompted reports of yet another "last chance" for the unconventional candidate.
Liberal news outlets are keeping their readers in the dark about two aggressive appointments to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights made by President Obama with just weeks remaining in his presidency. In addition to questions surrounding the appointees themselves, the move by Obama effectively blocks President-elect Donald Trump from any appointments to the eight-person commission until 2020.
The news that got Trump elected wasn't made-up stories pushed by Twitter trolls, it was the stories Americans knew were true that the mainstream media and DC Establishment declared fake and refused to report.
The university and the media share two traits: Both industries have become arrogant and ignorant. We have created a climate, ethically and professionally, in which extremism has bred extremism, and bias is seen not as proof of journalistic and academic corruption, but of political purity. The recent election, and especially its aftermath, embarrassed journalists and academics alike — and should not be forgotten.
“In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.” So said Winston Churchill, the grandmaster of fake news.
The press continues to push the storyline that Trump’s coming administration is causing the great and good of the world to tremble, a claim to which the American people rightly shrug, especially since many of these international luminaries appalled by Trump’s inauguration will soon turn up at Castro’s funeral.
Much in evidence among such “old-fashioned techniques” now being employed by the left is what’s known as “the Big Lie.” It entails the endless repetition of outrageous falsehoods to defame, and ultimately silence, one’s political opponents.
Trump circumvented the media altogether when he released via YouTube a clip of him outlining some of the things he hoped to accomplished in his first 100 days. It all revolved around a "simple core principle," i.e., "putting America first." What a novel idea, but not one that Wolf Blitzer or Chris Matthews can get his head around.
Unhinged CEOs and simpletons on campus aren’t the whole story. There is also the media’s ongoing self-disgrace in the wake of Trump’s victory, which couldn’t be better signified than by the nearly-satirical report by NBC News on a shocking departure from protocol by the president-elect. It seems that Trump’s spokeswoman Hope Hicks told the media covering him that he was finished for the evening on Tuesday — and then Trump did the unthinkable. He took his family to dinner at the exclusive 21 Club.
No one should expect an outbreak of humility in the ranks. The giants of the media still have bitter lessons to learn, and “the less educated and non-educated whites” will continue to grade on a sharp curve.
Confronted with Trump, Democrats don’t have any radioactive denunciations in reserve. They have all been deployed against a couple of generations of Republicans whose politics and characters were starkly different than Trump’s. And will surely be deployed once again – the charges never change, just the target.
A fair, balanced, and independent Justice Department. Neutral diplomats, who serve the public over politics, at the State Department. An unbiased, honest, mainstream media. These are just some of our core Democratic values that have eroded under Barack Obama’s presidency, and will continue to decay under Hillary Clinton’s watch.
At a rally in Panama City, Fla., the GOP presidential nominee didn’t acknowledge his public feud with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and instead largely trained his fire on the “media establishment.” “The media is an extension of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, it’s just one more way that the system is rigged,” Trump said Tuesday night.
What happens to America, if the uprisings and rebellions in the two parties—Donald Trump and Ted Cruz in the GOP, the Bernie Sanders revolt in the Democratic Party—are turned back, and we get in 2017 the same old people and same old policies we repudiated in 2015 and 2016?
We can resist. Let’s start by de-normalizing the mainstream media. Ask people who have newspapers lying around why they let that poisonous mix of lies and propaganda into their homes. Line your birdcage with something besides Time. Refuse to watch libfascist cable shows, and tell sponsors why you won’t buy products that subsidizes liberal lies and manipulation.
If we’re talking solely about 2016, you could argue that Trump might be the only Republican who can handle the media onslaught — and who has the media smarts to manage it. Republicans who voted for The Donald in the primary wanted a street fighter who could fight fire with fire. We will soon know if their wish came true.
You can postulate that people are writing off Trump's goofs as "oh, that's just Trump saying stupid stuff again" while Clinton's email, the Clinton Foundation, and her health are all easily understood stories and they all speak to dishonesty and a general unfitness to be president.