AUTOMATIC NEGATIVE COVERAGE
President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The two world leaders have a 24-hour encounter in scenic Palm Beach, Florida, which begins Thursday and could yield significant, possibly historic developments and some fascinating cultural moments. And, of course, the mainstream media is at the ready, pacing back and forth and hoping things go awry in this gorgeous setting. Many journalists already are predicting a negative outcome, or are mired in speculation — obsessing over possible failures, awkward moments, a proverbial clash of the titans and golf. Yes, golf. Needless to say, if the press was reporting on former President Barack Obama rather than Mr. Trump, the coverage would be grand, glowing and noble. Yes, needless to say. Here’s a selection of representative headlines from the last 48 hours:
“Trump and Xi: Two imposing leaders with clashing agendas” (The New York Times); “Can Trump Match Xi Jinping’s Game?” (The New Yorker), “The odd couple summit” (Axios); “Trump, Xi will be odd couple at first summit” (CNBC); “Trump’s Mar-a-Lago ethics mess gets worse ahead of Xi Jinping visit” (MSNBC); “Trump faces test mixing Mar-a-Lago with difficult diplomacy” (Politico); “Xi Jinping’s summit plan to tame Donald Trump” (Financial Times); “China’s Xi Jinping will NOT golf with Trump at Mar-aLago” (Daily Mail); “Why Trump’s golf diplomacy won’t work with China’s Xi Jinping” (CNN).
The meeting between President Trump and President Xi Jinping at scenic Mar-A-Lago could yield some rather interesting moments.