The media and the Trump presidency: The first six months

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The media and the Trump presidency: The first six months

For the past six months I’ve become increas­ingly alarmed over the media’s obses­sion with Russia’s sup­posed inter­fer­ence on the 2016 elec­tion, which I view as a dan­ger­ous dis­trac­tion. I have seen how reports on inter­na­tional news not directly related to the topic, espe­cially on Latin Amer­ica and our hemi­sphere, steadily dwin­dle to almost dis­ap­pear while con­di­tions in Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries are increas­ingly dangerous.

I am very pleased over Jus­tice Gorsuch’s suc­cess­ful nom­i­na­tion, and am hope­ful over future nom­i­nees to the judiciary.

Pres. Trump’s speech in Poland out­lin­ing America’s for­eign pol­icy was very good … but you wouldn’t know it by lis­ten­ing to the biased, unfair and down­right dis­honest so-​called journalists.

Trump’s inter­ac­tions at the G20, and the invi­ta­tion from French pres­i­dent Macron, the first from a French pres­i­dent to an Amer­i­can in decades, are favor­able signs. But instead of report­ing on pol­icy, the news descends into argu­ments about Ivanka Trump’s sleeves and undis­closed meet­ings that weren’t.

The fail­ure this week of a repeal/​replace for Oba­macare is a big set­back, throw­ing chum on shark-​infested waters. Any sub­stan­tial infor­ma­tion on the hun­dreds of gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tions that are being repealed is hid­den under opin­ion pieces.

I have no fore­cast since the over­all effect of all the polit­i­cal report­ing through­out the past year has put me off pol­i­tics — and I used to be a news junkie — to the point that I’ve taken up lis­ten­ing to opera: all of the drama, but played to bet­ter music.

Car­toon via Gay Patriot

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin Amer­ica at Fausta’s blog

For the past six months I’ve become increasingly alarmed over the media’s obsession with Russia’s supposed interference on the 2016 election, which I view as a dangerous distraction. I have seen how reports on international news not directly related to the topic, especially on Latin America and our hemisphere, steadily dwindle to almost disappear while conditions in Latin American countries are increasingly dangerous.

I am very pleased over Justice Gorsuch’s successful nomination, and am hopeful over future nominees to the judiciary.

Pres. Trump’s speech in Poland outlining America’s foreign policy was very good . . . but you wouldn’t know it by listening to the biased, unfair and downright dishonest so-called journalists.

Trump’s interactions at the G20, and the invitation from French president Macron, the first from a French president to an American in decades, are favorable signs. But instead of reporting on policy, the news descends into arguments about Ivanka Trump’s sleeves and undisclosed meetings that weren’t.

The failure this week of a repeal/replace for Obamacare is a big setback, throwing chum on  shark-infested waters. Any substantial information on the hundreds of government regulations that are being repealed is hidden under opinion pieces.

I have no forecast since the overall effect of all the political reporting throughout the past year has put me off politics – and I used to be a news junkie – to the point that I’ve taken up listening to opera: all of the drama, but played to better music.

Cartoon via Gay Patriot

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog