Trump vs Mika: The Right Thing and the Smart Thing

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Trump vs Mika: The Right Thing and the Smart Thing

Long­time read­ers know that before I got my overnight job I was a reg­u­lar viewer of Morn­ing Joe. I’ve always liked Joe and Mika, not only because they’re been will­ing to be inter­viewed and treat their fans well, but because unlike most of the MSM they’ve never pre­tended to be other than par­ti­san. Mika in par­tic­u­lar has on occa­sion refused to deny real­i­ties unfa­vor­able to the Democrats.

That doesn’t mean I’ve been shy about cri­tiquing and hit­ting her (do a search of the term “mik­aburger” on my site for a great illus­tra­tion of it) but you won’t’ find any­thing per­sonal, for exam­ple this sen­tence is the only com­ment you will ever find on my site con­cern­ing her and Joe’s upcom­ing nuptials.

All that being said Mika and Joe’s attacks on the pres­i­dent have been over the top even for MSNBC, to the degree where I’ve reached the point where I find it highly unlikely that even they believe what they are say­ing. It’s my opin­ion that it’s all about rat­ings vs real­ity although the fact that both Mika and Joe qual­ify as part of the estab­lish­ment crowd may have some­thing to do about it (An O’Keefe video of the pair on Trump/​Russia, if it exists, would be most inter­est­ing.) and frankly I’m a tad sur­prised that it’s taken Trump this long to hit back in this way since it’s his nature.

I don’t like it (the remark about the bleed­ing facelift). I don’t like it because it’s indeco­rous, I don’t like it because I was taught not to treat a woman this way (although the Booster Gold equal­ity rule might apply) and I don’t like it because I don’t like hav­ing to pay the price for it, although in fair­ness if this is the high­est price I have to pay for NOT hav­ing Hillary as pres­i­dent pick­ing SCO­TUS judges is an occa­sion­ally a tweet like this, then I’ll take them every day and twice on Sundays.

But the rea­son I dis­like it the most is because it’s not the right thing, and sub­se­quently it’s also not the smart thing for sev­eral reasons.

The media at the moment was reel­ing over the var­i­ous retrac­tions, pub­lic embar­rass­ments that they have been expe­ri­enc­ing, this changes the sub­ject away from them.

The James O’Keefe videos had finally bro­ken through to the point where the MSM was not able to spin it away, The Pres­i­dent has now given the MSM a chance to go 247 on some­thing else.

Noth­ing will raise the sta­tus of Joe and Mika more than this tweet, it raises their promi­nence in the anti-​Trump crowd, gives them a rea­son to obsess about it on air and more­over will coin view­ers for them who will turn on just to see what they will say. If I was Joe, Mika or their pro­duc­ers even if it caused some per­sonal dis­tress I’d be danc­ing with joy over this because it’s money and rat­ings in the bank.

It allows the media to play the Todd Akin game on the GOP ask­ing for com­ments, I usu­ally think this game is unjus­ti­fied but as you are the pres­i­dent and the defacto head of the GOP in this sit­u­a­tion this tac­tic can be jus­ti­fied as actu­ally newsworthy.

It’s a dis­trac­tion for folks like me who find them­selves writ­ing this post rather than some­thing else

Now it’s very pos­si­ble that this is Trump play­ing 3D chess while I’m play­ing check­ers. He knows the media effects of this kind of thing, knows it will help their rat­ings short term and may want the media obsess­ing on this rather than the health­care bill or some­thing else com­ing down the pike. He might even be inter­ested in demon­strat­ing that he can lead the MSM by the nose where ever he wants them to be.

But for me Mr. Pres­i­dent, I don’t like it, I didn’t like it, I would have advised against it and Mr. Pres­i­dent as a per­son who both wants you to win and thinks you should con­tinue to tweet in gen­eral as it in gen­eral helps us much more than it hurts us, I’d sug­gest avoid­ing such per­sonal attacks on Mika or any other media woman appearance’s cov­er­ing you in the future.

No charge.

Update: left out a crit­i­cal NOT in a sen­tence con­cern­ing Hillary, fixed.

Longtime readers know that before I got my overnight job I was a regular viewer of Morning Joe.  I’ve always liked Joe and Mika, not only because they’re been willing to be interviewed and treat their fans well, but because unlike most of the MSM they’ve never pretended to be other than partisan.  Mika in particular has on occasion refused to deny realities unfavorable to the Democrats.

That doesn’t mean I’ve been shy about critiquing and hitting her (do a search of the term “mikaburger” on my site for a great illustration of it) but you won’t’ find anything personal, for example this sentence is the only comment you will ever find on my site concerning her and Joe’s upcoming nuptials.

All that being said Mika and Joe’s attacks on the president have been over the top even for MSNBC, to the degree where I’ve reached the point where I find it highly unlikely that even they believe what they are saying.  It’s my opinion that it’s all about ratings vs reality although the fact that both Mika and Joe qualify as part of the establishment crowd may have something to do about it (An O’Keefe video of the pair on Trump/Russia, if it exists, would be most interesting.) and frankly I’m a tad surprised that it’s taken Trump this long to hit back in this way since it’s his nature.

I don’t like it (the remark about the bleeding facelift).  I don’t like it because it’s indecorous, I don’t like it because I was taught not to treat a woman this way (although the Booster Gold equality rule might apply) and I don’t like it because I don’t like having to pay the price for it, although in fairness if this is the highest price I have to pay for NOT having Hillary as president picking SCOTUS judges is an occasionally a tweet like this, then I’ll take them every day and twice on Sundays.

But the reason I dislike it the most is because it’s not the right thing, and subsequently it’s also not the smart thing for several reasons.

The media at the moment was reeling over the various retractions, public embarrassments that they have been experiencing, this changes the subject away from them.

The James O’Keefe videos had finally broken through to the point where the MSM was not able to spin it away, The President has now given the MSM a chance to go 24/7 on something else.

Nothing will raise the status of Joe and Mika more than this tweet, it raises their prominence in the anti-Trump crowd, gives them a reason to obsess about it on air and moreover will coin viewers for them who will turn on just to see what they will say.  If I was Joe, Mika or their producers even if it caused some personal distress I’d be dancing with joy over this because it’s money and ratings in the bank.

It allows the media to play the Todd Akin game on the GOP asking for comments, I usually think this game is unjustified but as you are the president and the defacto head of the GOP in this situation this tactic can be justified as actually newsworthy.

It’s a distraction for folks like me who find themselves writing this post rather than something else

Now it’s very possible that this is Trump playing 3D chess while I’m playing checkers.  He knows the media effects of this kind of thing, knows it will help their ratings short term and may want the media obsessing on this rather than the healthcare bill or something else coming down the pike.  He might even be interested in demonstrating that he can lead the MSM by the nose where ever he wants them to be.

But for me Mr. President, I don’t like it, I didn’t like it, I would have advised against it and Mr. President as a person who both wants you to win and thinks you should continue to tweet in general as it in general helps us much more than it hurts us,  I’d suggest avoiding such personal attacks on Mika or any other media woman appearance’s covering you in the future.

No charge.

Update: left out a critical NOT in a sentence concerning Hillary, fixed.