Media works overtime to demonstrate bias toward Trump after his visit with the troops
Forget bias. Forget animus. Forget missing a self-awareness gene. And forget attempts to outdo yesterday's hyperbole with uber-hyperbole. Because, when it comes to coverage of the Trump administration and the figure at the top of it, what many in our media have become is utterly, tediously predictable.Of course, some in the media reacted negatively to that too. I get the impression that the media really does not want America to be great as long as Trump is President. Never mind that these troops are willing to make the ultimate sacrifce to make this country great.
Exhibit A this week is the president's surprise visit to troops in Iraq. Leading up to it was a story by NBC News that went viral, declaring that Trump would be the first commander in chief since 2002 to forego the presidential tradition of visiting troops at Christmastime. The story was picked up by dozens of news organizations, including this one.
First lady Melania Trump broke with tradition and joined the president on the visit to Iraq and later Germany. A first lady has not visited a war zone since Lady Bird Johnson in South Vietnam in 1969.
The usual suspects, including actress and progressive activist Alyssa Milano, jumped on board, eventually prompting a hilarious exchange between Fox's Brit Hume and former CNN morning anchor Soledad O'Brien after the latter put forth a theory that Trump only visited because he was shamed into it, despite such the trip being planned weeks in advance for security purposes.
So, after losing the Trump-doesn't-visit-troops-at-Christmastime-for-the-first-time-in-forever narrative, we witnessed a pivot by some to question Trump's motive by using the power of osmosis, which has become quite popular in the Trump era of baseless speculation presented as absolute fact.
From the Washington Post, “The president’s visit to Al Asad Air Base west of Baghdad, which was shrouded in secrecy, follows months of public pressure for him to spend time with troops deployed to conflicts in the Middle East and punctuates the biggest week of turmoil the Pentagon has faced during his presidency.”
And there we have it: "... followed months of public pressure to spend time with troops ... ." The motive is assumed and, therefore, becomes indisputable in what is supposed to be a straight news story.
If the military believes what the press would like its readers and viewers to believe about Trump's feelings towards them, many certainly had a funny way of showing it.
By almost all news accounts, Trump and the first lady's visit was met with an enthusiastic reception. Some even presented their own "Make America Great Again" hats to the president to sign, which led to this CNN report being ridiculed by mostly the right on social media.