Liberal Media “Pearl Harbors” Trump But Say He Declared War First
There's really no denying it. President Trump is not eloquent. He's not a polished, smooth orator, which may be all the more evident since his predecessor certainly was among the best ever at public speaking (teleprompter aided or not).
In addition, Donald Trump has thrown out every book, every proven plan on how to win elections or even what to say or not say publicly and how to manipulate the press to be an asset. He doesn't care. Trump understands the Washington press is either establishment serving, or indignant and bitter as liberal Democratic Party Hillary Clinton supporters. Unlike prior Republican presidents like George W. Bush or his father George H.W. Bush, President Trump understands that the press is hostile and will not report fairly and he is somehow okay with this.
It is what it is and he is being quite pragmatic in his philosophy in dealing with the media professionals who report to the American people. Trump instead has cornered and lambasted specific reporters and even news networks, newspapers. He is taking names and has let it be known that they are indeed on his radar and has called them out for public humiliation.
Never before have the American people been told for example, that CNN is Fake News...check that..."very fake news". He said this last week on international television to the CNN reporter Jim Acosta, who had to sit there with a smile. Anyone who is watching CNN (which includes me) can see that this is justified. The 24/7 non-stop and tireless attack on Trump has left the cable news network to abandon journalistic integrity and has instead reduced itself to irresponsible conversations of speculative hysteria, implying President Trump is the next Hitler or impeachment proceedings need to begin or that he is racist, sexist, or anti-Semitic. It is surreal to see a news source that was at one time, at least dependable to tell you what was going on around the globe.
Trump is getting off to a rocky start after five weeks, but who could be surprised? He is seeing more feet stuck out to trip him up than a pimple faced nerd carrying his lunch tray around in the same cafeteria as the football team and detention regulars.
Trump and his anti-establishment squad who are in Washington to "drain the swamp", are invaders in the eyes of the masses of establishment powers at every level of government. These are the ones who are enjoying the massive waste of taxpayer money on government programs. Of course they want him to fail!
Trump is bringing on a number of powerful private sector winners who do not see the government as appropriately sized and who see bureaucracies as chronically inefficient and if not, in some cases unnecessary in the first place.
So Trump is facing two major enemies; a hostile media who resents his comparatively crude ways in the way he treats them in addition to his defeating their champion in Hillary Rodham Clinton. The other is the bi-partisan powers of the District of Columbia.
How the @#%$ did this uncouth New York builder win this thing and threaten "their" way of doing things? In some ways, I'm left confused that the left is resenting each and everything Trump is doing from the inauguration and everything since. For years, we've been told that the left wants an outsider on the inside, yet they found themselves rabid when their establishment choice in Hillary (who rigged the primary against Sanders) lost to this disconnected, billionaire, pop-culture icon and face of capitalism in Donald Trump.
Then I realized that the average protester didn't stand a chance to see things as they really are. For one, they've invested in the propaganda media for their information.
Compare the contrast in reporting by the mainstream media in the way they allowed their viewers/readers/listeners to process President Obama and President Trump:
Despite Obama qualifying rioter's sentiments against police, he was never suggested to have been in any way, correlated to the racial tension increases in America.
Now, despite Donald Trump's constant condemnation of anti-Semitism and the fact that his daughter Ivanka and her children are Jewish, the press continues to imply that the rise of anti-Semitism is connected to the election of Trump. If you only watch liberal news networks, you may have missed, for example, Vice President Pence working with a shovel to repair a vandalized Jewish cemetery last week.
The liberal media did it's best to diminish the statement made by then President Obama who did not realize his microphone was still on when he leaned into Russian President Dimitri Medvedev and told him "I'll have more flexibility after the elections".
So in other words, Obama was making promises to do things for the Russians only after the Republicans were out of the way. CNN, ABC, NBC and CBS in addition to the print press quickly went on the defense for the president instead of being journalists.
Today, the same press has gone bat $h!+ crazy, full "Senator Joe McCarthy" on Trump, even telling the public that there is a solid chance Trump colluded with Russia to rig the elections and steal the presidency.
Remember, President Obama just went way out of his way to pardon a former soldier, transgender and traitor Chelsea Manning who stole classified data and sold it to the Wikileaks. Manning was charged with Violating the Espionage Act, stealing government property, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, multiple counts of disobeying orders.
The media showed no signs of questioning the wisdom of this pardon despite their theory that Wikileaks collaborates with the Russians and that's how the elections were allegedly rigged in Trump's favor.
So in other words, the liberal media had no problem with Obama freeing a soldier who sold classified national secrets to the "Russians", but want an impeachment of Trump if Wikileaks hacked into the non-governmental Democratic Party to show their main operative's horrible behavior in privacy.
For the entirety of Obama's presidency, the media took a hiatus of US armed forces body count in our losses. They wouldn't even dare question the wisdom of how Benghazi was handled, the frantic pull out of forces from Iraq but President Trump's first nod for a special-operation in Yemen has them obsessing over casualties, risk v reward etc.
Trump knows he doesn't stand a chance at getting fair reporting so he is instead reporting to you on social media. We've never seen it this bad......and maybe this is good.
Ken Pittman is a talk show host on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard Saturdays from 9am-Noon. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.