It is not difficult to understand why so many Americans have a negative opinion of Donald Trump. And that’s not because Trump deserves a negative review. It is strictly thanks to our corrupt media.
The media sought to torpedo Trump before the election but they failed. Ignoring the opportunity to modify their slant in favor of objective reporting, they are instead ramping up the volume of malicious lies. “According to recent polls,” says the New York Times, “the image of Donald Trump as a bigot has begun to crystallize, and for good reason: Because it’s true!” A columnist writing in the Washington Post says, “Let’s not mince words: Donald Trump is a bigot and a racist.” Subtle. For those who still read this kind of yellow journalistic garbage, coming away with a positive view of President-elect Donald J. Trump is all but impossible.
The media also give inordinate space to the ravings of senile Democrats. They love to quote Harry Reid: Trump is a “sexual predator” who has “emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry in America,” says Reid. “Winning the electoral college does not absolve Trump of the grave sins he committed against millions of Americans,” argues Reid. Trump must “roll back the tide of hate he unleashed.”
Let’s not forget to include the avid reporting of good old Bernie Sanders’ ignorant rant: “To the extent that [Trump] pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies,” says Sanders, “we will vigorously oppose him.” Smoke some more grass, Bernie.
The latest rash of lies centers around Trump’s transition to the White House. Consider this New York Times headline: “Trump Transition Team in a State of Disarray.” Disarray marked by firings and infighting, so it is reported. This blatant falsehood has been denied emphatically by the Trump team. According to both the Times and the Washington Post, Trump is wavering on immigration and wavering on his promise to repeal Obamacare. Both allegations repudiated by Trump himself.
Now let’s set the record straight: None of this spiteful reporting is true. You can make an argument—albeit a misleading one—that many bigots have supported Trump. This does not make him a racist. But just as Hillary Clinton was guilty of virtually every evil misdeed she attributed to Trump, the media assault on Trump would be more aptly aimed at the Democrats. As pointed out by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala): “It’s a part of the Democratic Party’s campaign strategy to divide Americans based on skin pigmentation and to try to collect the votes of everybody who is a non-white on the basis that whites are discriminatory and the reason you are where you are in the economic ladder is because of racism.” Obama, Brooks says, is the most “racially divisive” president America has seen since slavery was abolished. Rest assured you won’t read that in the New York Times.
The media attacks on Trump have reached a mad crescendo. According to NBC, not informing the media pool that he was going to dinner shows that Trump is guilty of a “lack of transparency.” Commenting on the absurdity of this argument, Sean Hannity facetiously suggests that the media ought to be informed when Trump goes to the toilet and whether it is number one or number two, so they will know how long he will take. But here is the best one: Trump’s decision to forgo his presidential salary is alleged to be in violation of the Constitution. Although it was okay for Herbert Hoover and John F. Kennedy, this decision, says The Atlantic, suggests that Trump “holds himself above the ordinary rules.” With our biased media, you just can’t win if your name is Donald Trump.
Ed Brodow is a negotiation expert, political commentator, and author of In Lies We Trust: How Politicians and the Media Are Deceiving the American Public.
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