The void between common sense and abject agenda-driven politics is deafening. The mid-term election is next week so you know we are in for last minute surprises and irrational blame. The rhetoric will reach a fever pitch. A lot of my friends and family get tired of hearing me say “Words mean things.”
I say it in jest but nowadays I’m beginning to wonder if the politicians and media have lost sight of the magnitude of the word. The media has attacked, belittled, and defamed President Trump from the moment he came down the escalator at Trump Towers in New York City to announce is presidential candidacy. Likewise, President Trump has attacked, belittled, and defamed the media since that day.
The media claims the president does not act presidential and President Trump counters with the media is not fair. Anyone who has read a paper, blog or watched a news program knows the media has an insatiable lust to destroy this president and he is not covered fairly. And, whatever your definition of presidential is, chances are President Trump does not fulfill it and never will.
They each blame the other for starting the fight but the truth is they are both responsible. I’m sure this will not surprise you but neither party will ever accept responsibility for their part in this fiasco.
I am not a fan of either one. I wrote for newspapers for more than a decade and know firsthand the majority of the media has an institutional bias against any thought that is not Liberal. It’s obvious the media will do whatever it takes to punish this president for giving it a taste of its own medicine. And, likewise, the president will go to any extreme to return the favor.
This is like watching a championship game between two teams you despise. Regardless of who wins you are simultaneously happy and miserable.
When the liberal nut job James Hodgkinson decided to make target practice out of a Republican baseball practice in 2017, not a single member of the media blamed Bernie Sanders. Hodgkinson was a Sanders supporter and even worked on Sanders presidential campaign.
The coverage of the incident was sparse despite the attack nearly killed House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and wounded several others. In the old days when news media was more concerned about the story instead of the agenda, an assassination attempt was typically considered news.
When Senator Maxine Waters encourages Democrats to be violent towards the Republicans you heard crickets from the media. When former Attorney General Eric Holder advocates physical violence towards Republicans we do not get soapbox diatribes from the media.
Senator Corey Booker, Senator Chuck Schumer, and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi have all condoned violence towards Republicans yet we hear nothing about the vitriol rhetoric in Washington, DC from the talking heads. However, when conservative nut job Cesar Sayoc sends non-explosive pipes to several Democrats and the media is automatically blaming President Trump for inciting hatred.
On the flip side, President Trump screams the media is fake even when the media asks legitimate questions. Asking about President Trump’s tax returns is fair game during a campaign. Members of the public need to know where their public officials make money. Asking him if it is uncomfortable supporting a man accused of molesting a woman when he, himself, faced the same accusation is also fair. Another a fair question is asking if his rhetoric may prompt some nut job to lose touch with reality and act.
Where I draw the line is after you ask and he responds move on. The media doesn’t. It goes out of its way to badger and unfairly accused President Trump of things out of his control. Likewise, it is fair for Americans to ask the media if it thinks biased coverage can lead to frustration and drive some people to act.
In my championship game example, even though you despise both teams there is one team that you dislike a little more. For me it’s the media because of its arrogance in believing it is untouchable and entitled to be believed.
Did I just describe President Trump? See the quandary. Is there any wonder why the country is evenly divided about him?
The truth is they are both to blame for starting and continuing the stupidity. And do you know why? Because words mean things.