It’s almost the beginning of 2018 and
the media still can’t accept that Donald Trump is president. This week
it didn’t matter whether it was Trump’s golf game, his tax cut or even
his “whiteness.” The media were dropping new complaints faster than the
ball will fall in Times Square New Year’s Eve.
New York Times columnist Amanda Hess was clearly triggered by a year of
Trump. She described him holding up his fist during his inauguration as
“a menacing taunt to his predecessor: Look what my whiteness allows me
to get away with.”
CNN took a swing at Trump, but ended up in the bushes behind a truck.
CNN had boasted it had gotten video of Trump golfing, but its staffers
were irked when a truck blocked their camera angle. Reporter Dan Merica
was accurate in one thing he said. “It may seem trivial,” he told
viewers before arguing the necessity of the golf video. Look for CNN to
engage a professional golf correspondent. Perhaps the fictional comedy
character Dorf can help.
The media were dropping new complaints faster than the ball will fall in
Times Square New Year’s Eve.
There was lots more in the ongoing war between the press and the
president. New York Times columnist Roger Cohen called Trump a
Fellow Times columnist Paul Krugman, who was so ridiculously wrong about
his prediction for a Trump “global recession,” celebrated the “pink
pussy hats” of the Women’s March. He proclaimed: “If American democracy
survives this terrible episode, I vote that we make pink pussy hats the
symbol of our delivery from evil.”
Politico’s Jack Shafer wrote a telling analysis of how “Trump has argued
the news media to a stalemate.”
“The press has accepted the role of the opposition party if not the
designation,” Shafer wrote. “In press conferences and news stories, the
national media give Trump the brand of guff we once heard coming from
the firebrand wing of the Democratic Party. This is not to say reporters
are in the tank for the Democrats – only that Trump’s confrontational
style drives them to dig in and return fire.”
That’s more than a bit generous. The media did everything they could to
defeat Trump during the campaign and after. It just hasn’t worked and
that’s made them even more openly anti-Trump.
2. Trump Played The Media Again: Liberals really don’t realize when they
are being played. They rise to the bait like the Koi fish CNN falsely
depicted as getting overfed by Trump.
This time Trump mocked global warming as much of the nation was frozen
over due to the polar vortex. He tweeted: “In the East, it could be the
COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of
that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries,
was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!”
The New York Times couldn’t help itself, writing of Trump that “he
appeared unaware of the distinction between weather and climate.” Then
the “news” outlet scolded, saying how climate scientists don’t expect
warming to mean the end of winter altogether. This is the same paper
that ran an opinion piece headlined “The End of Snow?” in February 2014.
CNN also freaked out, writing: “Trump's tweet further places the
President's climate policy out of step with the vast majority of
scientists, who believe global warming is damaging for the United States
and the world.”
Journalists in frozen parts of the nation are sure to keep warm with all
the hot takes they write about this over the four-day weekend.
3. You Didn’t Think Journalism Was Honest, Did You? Poor Josh Meyer of
Politico. He made an honest mistake. He thought journalists were allowed
to report negative news about both sides of the political aisle.
His story, “The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the
hook,” gutted one of the Obama administration’s signature
accomplishments – the deal with Iran designed to stop the nation from
developing nuclear weapons.
Naturally, journalists flocked to cover this story, right? Well, no, not
Who are we kidding? The story got nominal mention on CNN. The major
networks ignored it and The Washington Post (D-Resistance) actually
attacked it. Media columnist Erik Wemple delivered a classic PrObama
press release headlined: “Former Obama officials criticize Politico
story alleging weakness against Hezbollah.”
Wemple argued that “Obama administration law enforcement policy toward
Hezbollah is a tough topic for a media critic to adjudicate.” Then he
did exactly that, saying “the piece lacks a smoking gun.”
Tablet rose to Meyer’s defense and described what happened after his
story as “Josh Meyer Gets an Echo Chamber Beat-Down.” It described what
it called “perhaps the most shocking thing about his piece is that it
took so long for a single journalist in Washington … to report and write
Journalists have done everything they can to suppress the story. With
the combo of Christmas and New Year’s breaks, expect little to no
coverage following it up. In media bias, the crimes of omission are
always worse than those of commission.
4. Sexual Misconduct Claims Continue: The tide of sexual misconduct
allegations didn’t recede even with the holiday. Most of what happened
this past week was reaction from media outlets. However, BuzzFeed fired
White House Correspondent Adrian Carrasquillo for “sending an
inappropriate message to a colleague.”
Things continued to get worse for Vice. “An investigation by The New
York Times has found four settlements involving allegations of sexual
harassment or defamation against Vice employees, including its current
president.” The settlements equaled at least $184,000, the paper
In response to its own sexual misconduct issues, NBC has released new
guidelines that force employees to “rat out” co-workers for
inappropriate behavior, according to The New York Post. Under the new
rules “employees have been ordered to report any inappropriate
relationships in the workplace – and if they fail to do so, they could
Apparently, not everyone is happy with such rules. MSNBC co-host Mika
Brzezinksi actually criticized the accusers of former show contributor
Mark Halperin. She claimed he was "more than willing to meet with his
accusers and apologize with them face-to-face."
It was unusually tone deaf for the lefty MSNBCer, but journalism
protects its own. Or tries to. Brzezinksi ended up having to apologize
after serious pushback from 10 of Halperin’s accusers.
“In the case of Mark, my goal today was to start a conversation about
hearing from the men whenever we can, but I realize that it is not my
place. It isn’t my call to make, and for that I am truly sorry,”
5. Vanity UnFair: Most media outlets don’t criticize Hillary Clinton. At
least not for long. Vanity Fair released a video mocking the liberal
icon in humorous tones, with one urging her to take up knitting.
Writer Maya Kosoff offended the liberal Powers That Be with her
suggestion: “Take up a new hobby in the new year. Volunteer work,
knitting, improv comedy – literally anything that will keep you from
Naturally, the publication apologized. Because that happens so often
when liberals mock the right.
“It was an attempt at humor and we regret that it missed the mark,” the
President Trump poked fun at the apology, writing that “Vanity Fair,
which looks like it is on its last legs is bending over backwards in
apologizing” in a tweet.
Dan Gainor is the Media Research Center's Vice President for Business
and Culture. He writes frequently about media for Fox News Opinion. He
can also be contacted on Facebook and Twitter as dangainor.