Our headline is a play on the kind of phrasing the mainstream media has fallen in love with since Donald Trump came on the political scene. Not a week goes by where we don’t read some variation on the phrase on the front page of the Washington Post or The New York Times. This week, they were attacking Trump for his remarks on the Central American migrant caravan. Next week, it’ll be something else. It’s funny, though; when time passes and evidence DOES emerge backing up what Trump said about this or that (as it so often does), we never manage to find any retractions from the media. Not once. Ever.
Be that as it may, the media likes to make a lot of non-evidenced assertions, themselves. And they’ve been doing quite a bit of that this week in the wake of the so-called attempted bombings of prominent Democrats. We say “so-called” only because it isn’t clear to us yet what these packages really are. There are conflicting reports about their operational viability, and from what we’ve seen of the packaging, these almost seem more like pranks than real terrorist attacks. We’re not condoning them in either case, but let’s just say: All the facts about these bombs are not in yet.
But that hasn’t stopped the media from insinuating (and in some case, outright saying) that President Trump is somehow responsible for inciting the bomber.
“The President, and especially the White House Press Secretary, should understand their words matter,” CNN’s Jeff Zucker said in a statement. “Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that.”
Not just Donald Trump but Sarah Sanders is responsible for this attack, according to Zucker! And he wonders why the White House calls CNN “fake news.”
Speaking of CNN, here’s resident clown Jim Acosta reporting on the president’ rally: “Trump talked about the bombs sent to former public officials at his rally in Wisconsin. But once again he didn’t mention CNN. On top of all that he criticized the ‘media’ for coverage he doesn’t like. And, of course, he took no responsibility for his own rhetoric.”
Like all those times he stood up there and asked his supporters to send pipe bombs to people they don’t like. Why wouldn’t Trump just apologize for that?!
After Trump rightly called out the mainstream media for riling up the American people with an endless series of breathless, exaggerated, emotionally-charged stories about the administration, the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent took offense.
“Trump, who has waged a systematic campaign of relentless lies and delegitimizing attacks designed to destroy shared facts and obliterate public faith in the press’s institutional role in our democracy, is now blaming the media for an assassination attempt against it,” he wrote.
Not sure there was an assassination attempt against “the media,” but hey, it sounds good in an outraged column, so why not.
By jumping to these conclusions, the media is not only showing blatant disregard for the need to obtain evidence, it is only strengthening the national divide.