TRUMP VS. THE ME­DIA

Pres­i­dent’s CNN wrestling tweet

The Denver Post - - PERSPECTIVE -

Re: “In­stead of wrestling CNN, Trump should have gone to Comic Con,” July 4 ed­i­to­rial.

Your ed­i­to­rial refers to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s “on­go­ing and be­wil­der­ing war on main­stream jour­nal­ists.” “Be­wil­der­ing”? Re­ally? While I would pre­fer an­other term be­sides “fake news” to de­scribe the main­stream me­dia’s treat­ment of Trump, I don’t see how any­one who’s been pay­ing at­ten­tion can’t see the in­cred­i­ble bias with which the main­stream me­dia has cov­ered the Trump pres­i­dency. Most im­por­tant in my opin­ion is the dearth of cov­er­age about Trump’s many ac­com­plish­ments. Granted, some may not see them as “ac­com­plish­ments,” but at the very least they are policy ac­tions.

Were it me, I would ad­mit­tedly use Twit­ter dif­fer­ently — to trum­pet my ac­com­plish­ments and call out spe­cific fac­tual er­rors in me­dia sto­ries rather than name-calling, etc. How­ever, I think it’s ludicrous to con­sider the CNN Wrestle­ma­nia tweet an in­cite­ment to vi­o­lence against jour­nal­ists. While it may not have been “ap­pro­pri­ate” or “pres­i­den­tial,” it was hys­ter­i­cal in my opin­ion.

Rusty Staff, Den­ver

Our democ­racy is at risk be­cause of Rus­sian hack­ing of our elec­toral sys­tem and dis­sem­i­na­tion of false in­for­ma­tion about can­di­dates. Our al­lies in East­ern Europe are feel­ing the pressure of grow­ing pres­ence of Rus­sian troops and ar­ma­ment on their borders. Rus­sian planes are ha­rass­ing our mil­i­tary ships and planes in Europe. North Korea is mov­ing ever closer to hav­ing a nu­clear weapon delivery sys­tem ca­pa­ble of reach­ing our shores. China is flex­ing its mil­i­tary mus­cle in the South China Sea, threat­en­ing ac­cess to one of the busiest sea lanes in the world.

How is the leader of the free world ad­dress­ing these crit­i­cal is­sues? He’s watch­ing ca­ble TV and en­gag­ing in a mud­sling­ing bat­tle with me­dia fig­ures who don’t agree with him. Let’s hope some­one in the ad­min­is­tra­tion is gov­ern­ing the na­tion, though it’s likely not the vice pres­i­dent, as he’s en­gaged in a fruit­less search for 3 million to 5 million phan­tom vot­ers that ex­ist only in the imagination of the pres­i­dent.

Sig Jaas­tad, Buena Vista

It amazes me how the print and TV me­dia play right into Don­ald Trump’s nar­cis­sis­tic hands. It seems that both en­ti­ties just wait for him to make or tweet some ridicu­lous state­ment so they can re­act. This way he can de­fend him­self as be­ing un­der at­tack by the fake news. Don’t you see that he thrives on the me­dia ex­po­sure?

Trump is so nar­cis­sis­tic that any mass me­dia ex­po­sure builds on his ego. There are a few ways to pre­vent his rant­ing and rav­ing: 1) The print me­dia can join forces and ig­nore him all to­gether. Don­ald Trump isn’t the only thing that is hap­pen­ing in the world. 2) Have the news me­dia boy­cott his press brief­ings and ig­nore his tweets. 3) Only re­port or print his pos­i­tive re­sponses. If you ig­nore all of his neg­a­tive out­bursts, he’ll get the mes­sage that if he wants to build on his ego, and re­claim the peo­ple’s re­spect, he needs to stay pos­i­tive.

Lou Skoff, Aurora

Richard Drew, The As­so­ci­ated Press

Copies of the New York Post with an illustration of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump as a pro­fes­sional wrestler on the front page are dis­played at a news­stand in New York City last Mon­day. On Sun­day, Trump tweeted a mock video that showed him pum­mel­ing a man in a busi­ness suit with his face ob­scured by the CNN logo.

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