Only a couple of weeks after the media’s shameful (and, to be frank, somewhat dangerous) coverage of President Donald Trump’s response to the Charlottesville violence, they collectively managed to outdo themselves by sinking to an even lower level this week. In their coverage of Trump’s every step related to Hurricane Harvey, they have demonstrated that there is nothing – NOTHING – this president can do to earn positive press. This nation’s mainstream media has declared war on the President of the United States, and they see every story as a battle in the fight for America’s soul. This no longer has a thing to do with journalism. If anyone was reluctant to use Steve Bannon’s term for the media – the “opposition party” – you can give up your reluctance now. It’s just too obvious to be denied.
In an interview with Laura Ingraham on Wednesday, conservative analyst Pat Buchanan said that the Trump he saw responding to the hurricane had little in common with the monster portrayed in the press.
“They don’t seem to like the president,” he said. “They loathe the man, and they simply are not going to find any reason to say something nice about him. So what they say is, in effect, ‘We would have shown more compassion had it been us. We would have shown more warmth and caring. And he’s a soulless creature.’
“I thought he did very well,” Buchanan continued. “It was spirited, uplifting, ‘Texas is going to be able to handle this.’ I mean, the president was fine from everything I saw, and the people were delighted with him. But we’ve got the ‘Bah! Humbug!’ crowd.”
What the “Bah! Humbug!” crowd doesn’t understand is that whether Trump serves for eight years or is impeached tomorrow, the press will still exist after his time is over. And what are they going to talk about? Who are they going to talk TO? They don’t get that they are doing permanent damage to their industry by taking this relentlessly combative approach to the man elected by the majority of the voters. Who is going to take political coverage seriously after this debacle?
Trump’s a big boy, and he knew what he was getting into. But this is much bigger than him. This is about the trust the American people have in the media – a trust that has never seen such a low point in this nation’s history. The longterm effects of the media’s lying, biased coverage of Donald Trump could be catastrophic – not just for journalism as an institution but for the country as a whole. They need to pull up before this whole thing takes a nosedive into the side of a mountain.