The constant, unrelenting narrative from the mainstream media has been to assault President Trump, his family, his record, his agenda, and to help the so-called “resistance” in resisting all things Trump. Whether you love or hate Trump, we have never seen the circumstances we are living through today. It is unprecedented. A free and democratic society requires an unbiased press corps; however, that seems to be something we no longer have.
Presidents of both parties have often faced a media that was neutral at a minimum, and in many cases hostile to their presidency. But even in those eras of hostility the journalistic profession adhered closely to their standards and ethics. That is not the case today.
Getting some points on the board, much less wins, would be considered a victory for the Trump Administration given the toxic environment in D.C. Yet all of a sudden that is exactly what has happened. Is this a turning point, or just a brief pause in the media assault?
4 wins Trump has on the board this week:
1) Supreme Court rules in favor of the Travel Ban. A five country ban was based on the president’s plenary power to secure the borders and to rule on who can enter the U.S. Liberal judges in several courts, most notably the 9th Circuit in California, ruled against the ban with no legal basis for their ruling other than it discriminated against Muslims. The basis of the ban was the 5 countries did not have functioning governments that could properly vet who was leaving and heading to America. It was a unanimous ruling to remove the lower court stay, and a full hearing to come in the fall. While conservatives and actual lawyers knew the ruling was inevitable, it certainly helped to change the media narrative. Victory: TRUMP!
2) CNN forced to retract false story, fire journalists. Thomas Frank, an award-winning journalist, wrote an article connecting Trump campaign operatives with a Russian bank. The problem was, none of it was true. CNN retracted the stories and fired the staff involved (although a later story changed the description of “firing” to “accepted their resignation”). This comes on the heels of correcting their on-air story from Jake Tapper in early June that James Comey would testify that he would contradict the president. False. The media is essentially proving to the public they are dishonest. This strengthens the Trump Administration. Victory: TRUMP!
3) CNN Producer caught on tape admitting the Russia stories are made up. More Project Veritas videos from James O’Keefe were released showing CNN producers admitting the Russia connection to Trump has no evidence. They do it for ratings and Trump is right to call the whole process a “witch-hunt.” While this does not end the on-going investigations into everything Trump, and is therefore not the “spike the football” type victory as written above, it is certainly a victory nonetheless. Victory: TRUMP!
4) Down goes Ossoff…. Down goes Ossoff. As has been shared at nauseum for the last two weeks, Democrat Jon Ossoff lost to Republican Karen Handle in the special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. On the surface, this is Newt Gingrich’s seat. It had been safely Republican since 1978, voter registration in the district favored Republicans, and Ossoff was a novice who did not even live in the District. BUT, Trump only won the district by 1.5 points. Handel was a career local politician and lacked the fervor of the conservative base. She was out-spent by $8 million in what would become the most expensive House race in history, and there was all that anti-Trump rage the pollsters kept talking about. Remember them – the pollsters? The same pollsters who predicted the outcome of the 2016 Presidential race???? So, when the media and Hollywood proclaim the district winnable, and polls tell you he’s neck and neck or leading down to the wire, and yet the Republican still wins… that is an UNDENIABLE win for President Trump. Victory: TRUMP!
In the end, Trump has made things more difficult for himself due to his unconventional style, and no doubt the delay on critical agenda issues such as tax reform, building the wall, and repealing Obamacare is making his followers nervous. But the last week he has notched some victories, and maybe the tide is turning in his favor regarding his battles with the American media.
No one benefits from the resistance to Trump. Democracy requires action – and the proper way to resist Trump is through votes in Congress and the ballot box. The media continues to prevent the administration from moving forward with its agenda, but perhaps that may be changing soon.
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