Yesterday Ben Shapiro reported on the meeting in which Donald Trump tore the media into shreds. This not in so many words is what he had to say: Trump destroys media big shots in meeting at Trump Tower during an off-the-record Trump Tower sit down on Monday, sources told The Post. “It was like a f–ing firing squad,” one source said of the encounter. “Trump started with [CNN chief] Jeff Zucker and said ‘I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed,’ ” the source said. “The meeting was a total disaster. The TV execs and anchors went in there thinking they would be discussing the access they would get to the Trump administration, but instead they got a Trump-style dressing down,” the source added.
According to the Post, attendees included NBC’s Lester Holt and Chuck Todd, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, and Martha Raddatz, Fox News’ Bill Shine, MSNBC’s Phil Griffin, and CNN’s Jeff Zucker and Erin Burnett.
Here, in no particular order, are some random thoughts.
1. The Media Deserve This. The media destroyed Mitt Romney in 2012 by turning him from an honorable family man and excellent businessperson into the scourge of the earth. The media then decided to treat Barack Obama with kid gloves for eight years, soft-pedaling his lies on everything from Obamacare to Benghazi. Then, finally, the media built up Donald Trump in the primaries, then attempted to tear him down in the general. They’ve earned every bit of scorn Trump can throw at them.
2. Trump’s Going To Start Every Firefight He Can. The media didn’t leak this story to The Post. Trump’s people did. The Post was one of the friendliest publications in the country to Trump. And this bolsters Trump’s favorite case that he’s powerful and willing to face down the lying media and hammer them into the ground. Trump relishes this sort of fisticuffs. It’s why he singled out reporters during the campaign. It’s why he went to war with Hamilton and Saturday Night Live over the weekend. Trump understands that most of his voters are sick of watching the media monopoly, and they’re more than willing to abide a president blasting away at the media if it means destroying that monopoly.
3. The Media Will Seek Revenge By Turning Up The Volume. The media don’t know how to handle a Republican who doesn’t seem to care about their adoration. Their solution thus far has been turning up the volume. But that’s not working. They’re treating every Trump tweet as apocalyptic, every Trump outrage as the biggest deal ever. That only succeeds in making Trump look justified in slapping them with both hands, then poking them in the eyes like a member of the Three Stooges. The only way for the media to cover Trump properly would be to understate their case rather than trotting out Howard Dean to label Trump cabinet appointees “Nazis,” or covering Richard Spencer’s alt-right hate fest as an extension of Trump world. No one is buying it. The people know better.
4. This Isn’t Great News For Americans. Despite the delicious feeling we get when Trump slaps them down, this isn’t good news. Americans are best served when press has access to information about our executive branch. Closing off access for political gain was bad when Obama did it, and it isn’t any better if Trump does it. The presidency is still a government office, requiring more daylight, not less.
I will however chuckle when I see President Trump slap down the lying media.
At the end of the day, the main stream media in this country is a joke. For the most part, we can not trust a word out of their mouths. They lie, cook up, deceive and base everything on phony personal bias. They are not real media anymore, they are mostly a left-wing, dishonest propaganda machine.
We the people have recognized there game and they are one of the reasons Donald Trump was elected. We are sick and tired of it! Now ‘they’ including Facebook, mainstream media and including Obama are trying to shoot down what they call ‘fake news’ posts to social media. Why you ask? Because they hate the truth along with being exposed for their lies.
Yes, there are a few BS websites that use what we call ‘click bait’ to get the user to their site with a completely different story page than the one advertised in the headline but this is a very small percentage. The leftists are pouting and looking for a ‘way to get back’ at the truth that has destroyed their ‘fake news’ and agenda to get Hillary Clinton elected. THEY FAILED.