It occurs to me that there’s no consideration anywhere given that Trump might somehow be right, albeit in his usual combative imprecise way.
If it’s taken for granted that a fair press is a cornerstone of democracy, does it not also follow that an unfair press can tear it down? And that we’ve seen that scenario played out over and over again in history?
One of the (regrettably) most popular campaign tactics of the last two decades is to ignore issues and simply make your opponent unacceptable to the people. That’s a campaign behavior.
But what happens if the MEDIA adopts that strategy, and applies it not to candidates, but to sitting presidents?
This idea is not new to anyone on the political left; Fox News was accused of it, to the point where Obama attempted to bar Fox from the White House newsroom. And this occurred to the applause of those on the political left, because they generally agreed that Obama had a point; that Fox had a bias against him and thus was not “legitimate”.
Now, flip the coin. Trump views the *rest* of the mainstream media the way Obama viewed Fox. And, says so. But the reaction has not been “does Trump have a point?”; but rather “freedom of the press is under attack.” (That’s hyperbolic, but we’ll leave that aside for a moment.)
It occurs to me that somebody has their thumb on the scale, here. The scale works one way for the politically preferred party, the other way for the other.
It occurs to me that outside of a botched rollout of a travel ban (this happens; everyone remembers the botched rollout of the ACA) that not much Trump has done has been particularly controversial so far. Pretty much garden variety conservative stuff, the kind of thing that any GOP president would have done. Yet, http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/mar/2/press-coverage-of-trump-in-first-month-of-office-8/
Now, the reflex from the left will be “he brought that on himself!”
Really? The journalists have leaped the fence and are now behaving like pundits. When the “serious journalists” , the anchors, are observed starting the nightly news shows with opinion journalism…..that objection becomes weak tea.
My $.02. Trump is the elected president of the people. About 95% of all the horrible things people envision him doing are prevented by the Constitution and our system of checks and balances. Perhaps it’s time we took inventory of ourselves, and determine if we are dependable partners in democracy…..or not.