Mainstream media has earned every ounce of the “Trump Treatment” and more

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Mainstream media has earned every ounce of the "Trump Treatment" and more

In col­lege, I learned that gen­er­al­iz­ing is a bad thing for reporters and com­men­ta­tors. It’s ironic that I’m break­ing my own train­ing by gen­er­al­iz­ing about the craft that I stud­ied all those years ago. Main­stream media in gen­eral is unabashedly opposed to Don­ald Trump. They need to be put squarely in their place. Then deserve the “Trump Treatment.”

I thought it was bad dur­ing the cam­paign. That was noth­ing. The com­plete and utter melt­down of respected jour­nal­ists over Trump’s inau­gu­ra­tion, Sean Spicer’s first press con­fer­ence, and every lit­tle move the admin­is­tra­tion has made in the three days since Trump became Pres­i­dent of the United States has placed them even fur­ther down on the trust scale. We’re no longer see­ing sub­tle lean­ings or hid­den pro­pa­ganda. Many of the biggest names in jour­nal­ism are mak­ing mock­eries of them­selves and the gov­ern­ment they’re attempt­ing to cover.

The Trump Treat­ment is this: dis­re­gard their reports, offer an alter­na­tive, and allow Amer­i­cans to choose which truth to believe. In any other sit­u­a­tion, this would be the type of Krem­li­nesque attack on media that I would oppose. Con­sid­er­ing how badly the media is botch­ing their jobs, I see it as unfor­tu­nately justified.

Their bias is bla­tant. There’s no longer a need to pre­tend oth­er­wise. For exam­ple, here’s WaPo:

WaPo Headline

If you’re think­ing that the arti­cle may not be as insult­ing as the head­line, don’t. It’s actu­ally worse.

Another exam­ple sur­rounded the report that Trump had MLK’s bust removed from the Oval Office. To the credit of the TIME reporter who made the ini­tial claim, he quickly and adamantly tried to cor­rect the record and dis­played gen­uine remorse for spread­ing such an inflam­ma­tory rumor. Other jour­nal­ists who had reported it weren’t as loud with their retrac­tions and even took offense when I tried to call them out on it.

https://twitter.com/jaketapper/status/822622103904075777

It would be dif­fer­ent if we were used to this sort of thing. After all, we just had a failed Pres­i­dency for the past eight years. Where was the media through the many deba­cles at the hands of the Obama admin­is­tra­tion? Instead of rebuk­ing him, they were fawn­ing over him. As Mol­lie Hem­ing­way pointed out, their treat­ment of Obama is one of the rea­sons they have no cred­i­bil­ity in their attacks on Trump.

How are they get­ting away with this? As has become the cus­tom for those who push fake news (which today seems to be just about every­one in main­stream media), their tech­nique is a straight­for­ward three-​step process:

https://twitter.com/JDRucker/status/822620992610701313

Now is the time that con­ser­v­a­tives should be help­ing to guide Trump through advice and dis­sent. We should be encour­ag­ing him when he does the right thing and call­ing him out when he does the wrong things. Unfor­tu­nately, the main­stream media is posi­tion­ing us in a way that forces many to take Trump’s side even when we don’t fully agree with his per­spec­tives. This polar­iza­tion forced by media is hurt­ing the nation in many ways while help­ing only those igno­rant enough to feel vin­di­cated by neg­a­tive press reports about him.

It would be easy for con­ser­v­a­tives to push Trump in the right direc­tion if we didn’t have to defend him con­stantly against unfair attacks. We’ve seen that he lis­tens; the immi­gra­tion “soft­en­ing” dur­ing the cam­paign is an exam­ple of a pro­posed idea that he shifted based upon out­cry from con­ser­v­a­tives. Instead of being a voice of rea­son whis­per­ing in his ears, we’re forced to fight the cor­rupt lib­er­al­ism launched at him from main­stream media. This is going to be a long four years for the press if they don’t change their ways quickly.

In college, I learned that generalizing is a bad thing for reporters and commentators. It’s ironic that I’m breaking my own training by generalizing about the craft that I studied all those years ago. Mainstream media in general is unabashedly opposed to Donald Trump. They need to be put squarely in their place. Then deserve the “Trump Treatment.”

I thought it was bad during the campaign. That was nothing. The complete and utter meltdown of respected journalists over Trump’s inauguration, Sean Spicer’s first press conference, and every little move the administration has made in the three days since Trump became President of the United States has placed them even further down on the trust scale. We’re no longer seeing subtle leanings or hidden propaganda. Many of the biggest names in journalism are making mockeries of themselves and the government they’re attempting to cover.

The Trump Treatment is this: disregard their reports, offer an alternative, and allow Americans to choose which truth to believe. In any other situation, this would be the type of Kremlinesque attack on media that I would oppose. Considering how badly the media is botching their jobs, I see it as unfortunately justified.

Their bias is blatant. There’s no longer a need to pretend otherwise. For example, here’s WaPo:

WaPo Headline

If you’re thinking that the article may not be as insulting as the headline, don’t. It’s actually worse.

Another example surrounded the report that Trump had MLK’s bust removed from the Oval Office. To the credit of the TIME reporter who made the initial claim, he quickly and adamantly tried to correct the record and displayed genuine remorse for spreading such an inflammatory rumor. Other journalists who had reported it weren’t as loud with their retractions and even took offense when I tried to call them out on it.

It would be different if we were used to this sort of thing. After all, we just had a failed Presidency for the past eight years. Where was the media through the many debacles at the hands of the Obama administration? Instead of rebuking him, they were fawning over him. As Mollie Hemingway pointed out, their treatment of Obama is one of the reasons they have no credibility in their attacks on Trump.

How are they getting away with this? As has become the custom for those who push fake news (which today seems to be just about everyone in mainstream media), their technique is a straightforward three-step process:

Now is the time that conservatives should be helping to guide Trump through advice and dissent. We should be encouraging him when he does the right thing and calling him out when he does the wrong things. Unfortunately, the mainstream media is positioning us in a way that forces many to take Trump’s side even when we don’t fully agree with his perspectives. This polarization forced by media is hurting the nation in many ways while helping only those ignorant enough to feel vindicated by negative press reports about him.

It would be easy for conservatives to push Trump in the right direction if we didn’t have to defend him constantly against unfair attacks. We’ve seen that he listens; the immigration “softening” during the campaign is an example of a proposed idea that he shifted based upon outcry from conservatives. Instead of being a voice of reason whispering in his ears, we’re forced to fight the corrupt liberalism launched at him from mainstream media. This is going to be a long four years for the press if they don’t change their ways quickly.