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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

A media unworthy of Trump



America has a great president and a third-world press corps. At a single press briefing on covid-19, four different reporters asked President Donald John Trump if calling the Chinese virus the Chinese virus is racist.

The political reporters and commentators are also the thinnest skinned people in the universe.

On the day he announced for president, the name-calling began: Witless Ape, ridiculous buffoon, baboon, an ass, and an ass of exceptionally intense asininity.

And that was just in one magazine.

Imagine anyone saying that about Obama.

When President Trump pushes back, they cry.

Consider this report in USA Today last month: "A new report says President Donald Trump and his administration's attack on the press 'dangerously undermined truth and consensus in a deeply divided country.'

"The study from the Committee to Protect Journalists was authored by Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor of The Washington Post.

"The report is based on interviews with nearly 40 journalists, academics, media lawyers, and press freedom advocates. It also included comments from Michael Dubke, who served briefly as Trump's White House communications director."

Undermined the truth?

People who backed the failed coup attempt and promoted the Russian Collusion Hoax for three years have absolutely no credibility. This is what I mean when I call it a third-world press corps.

And they are whiny.

USA Today's story said, "The CPJ report cited a long list of examples of Trump demeaning the press. These include Trump belittling reporter's questions, the Justice Department investigating journalists’ sources, calls for changes in libel laws to punish reporting he dislikes, and ending the White House daily press briefings for more than a year."

They need a binky.

Since USA Today served that whine, the president's new press secretary has resumed daily briefings.

USA Today responded immediately with a column, "McEnany is off to a shameless start at Trump's White House, but she's better than nothing. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany is dishonoring her position. But her press briefings establish a record on which to judge Donald Trump."

Like her boss, McEnany punches back twice as hard.

Former comedian Jimmy Kimmel said on national TV, "White House press secretary number four, Kayla Mac-a-looney."

The reporters are third world; the late-night hosts are third grade.

The next day, a reporter asked her about the president's use of hydroxychloroquine to ward off covid-19.

She said, "No one should be taking this without a prescription from their doctor. But that being said, I’ve seen a lot of apoplectic coverage of hydroxychloroquine. You had Jimmy Kimmel saying the president’s ‘trying to kill himself’ by taking it, you had Joe Scarborough saying ‘this will kill you.’ You had Neil Cavuto saying, ‘What have you got to lose? The one thing you have to lose are lives.’"

And of course, Kimmel, Scarborough, and Cavuto then fired back on their TV shows. And that's what they are. Shows.

As I said, the media's skin is the thinnest.

The New York Post today unloaded on the press in an editorial, "Sorry, media: You’re not victims no matter how much ‘abuse’ you take." It began with the question, "Is there anything more tedious than the press complaining about how it’s treated?"

The editorial later said, "This isn’t about the First Amendment. The media in the United States can say whatever the hell it wants — and we, as the New York Post, thank heaven for that every day. But there’s nothing in the Constitution that says the press secretary has to be polite about it."

Exactly.

And she isn't.

I applaud her.

UPDATE: Papa Buck added words to the graphic.