Thursday, August 17, 2017

Media misrepresenting Trump? Surprise, surprise!

Quoted from The media couldn't be more blatant in distorting Trump's words on Charlottesville | TheHill:
Has the media ever so deliberately and consistently misinterpreted what a president said?
It certainly seems as if the media finally found its proof that President Trump is a racist. ABC News’ coverage was all too typical:

Trump quickly blamed both sides for the conflict, adding that there were "very fine people" among both the protesters — which included white supremacists and white nationalists — and the counterprotesters.
"I think there is blame on both sides. You look at both sides. I think there is blame on both sides," Trump said today. "You had some very bad people in that group. You also had some very fine people on both sides," he added.

With wall-to-wall news coverage repeating this misreading of Trump’s statement, it’s not too surprising that politicians from both parties quickly condemned the “very fine people” comment. NBC’s headline read: “Democratic, Republican Lawmakers Decry Trump’s Latest Charlottesville Remarks.” Ohio Gov. John Kasich attacked Trump: “This is terrible. The President of the United States needs to condemn these kinds of hate groups. The president has to totally condemn this."
Does anyone even listen to comments anymore before commenting on them?
I'll answer that last question. The press people, at least, do not listen, they stop their ears, they will not take in anything that does not reflect badly on Trump. The article quotes an exchange at a press conference:
Trump: “And you had people, and I'm not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally. But you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists. “OK? And the press has treated them absolutely unfairly.” 
Reporter: “You were saying the press has treated white nationalists unfairly? (inaudible) understand what you're saying.”
Trump: “No, no. There were people in that rally, and I looked the night before. If you look, they were people protesting very quietly the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee. . ."
Trump has said, as clearly as anyone could have, that not everyone opposed to tearing down old statues is a neo-Nazi, and not everyone in the antifa thing is an angel, which is just what a leader of all the people should say. And it drives the leftists nuts!

Read all of John Lott's article at the link above. It is clear that the press is in hit-piece mode and can't seem to find their way out of the awful nightmare they have concocted, in which Trump is a devil.

It is by now clear that the press pack is in full cry after Trump and bending the record out of shape is okay, in the minds of the reporters and editors involved. It looks to me like the news people have gone crazy. There is something really dysfunctional going on in how Trump news is reported, as if through a lens that presumes him to be an ogre, a fool, a lunatic. Editorialists and celebrities have at least stopped saying Trump is Hitler, so perhaps such people actually possess a learning curve--are just slow to climb it.



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