The bril­liant wrestling match tweet

It cor­rectly an­tic­i­pated an over-re­ac­tion by the le­gacy me­dia

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - By Tammy Bruce

There are many dis­cus­sions about the Pres­i­dent Trump “wrestling” CNN tweet, but it’s time to get to the heart of the mat­ter: that the tweet was bril­liant, an­tic­i­pat­ing a ridicu­lously over­wrought re­ac­tion by the le­gacy me­dia, and boy, did they de­liver.

It’s one thing to say the me­dia is fake and can’t be trusted, and quite an­other to show it to the Amer­i­can peo­ple. So con­sumed with their loathing of the pres­i­dent, some in the le­gacy me­dia can’t see past them­selves and did ex­actly what you’d ex­pect the patho­log­i­cally ob­sessed to do: patho­log­i­cally obsess.

While ev­ery­one else was laugh­ing at the tweet of a staged pro-wrestling stunt from years ago, var­i­ous CNN news ac­tors in­sisted their lives were now at risk. This proved the pres­i­dent’s point that the net­work is not se­ri­ous, on a sin­gu­lar mis­sion to de­stroy the pres­i­dent, and ergo can’t be trusted to re­port what re­ally mat­ters to the Amer­i­can peo­ple.

The pres­i­dent re­mains one-step ahead of those who work to harm his abil­ity to do his job, cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment where the Amer­i­can peo­ple can de­cide for them­selves who they can trust. And it’s ap­par­ently not the me­dia. A new NPR/PBS/Marist poll found just 30 per­cent of Amer­i­cans have trust in the me­dia, which is dou­ble-dig­its lower than the pres­i­dent’s lat­est Ras­mussen ap­proval rat­ing.

There is an­other rev­e­la­tion brought to us by the ab­surd re­ac­tion by the main­stream me­dia: their hypocrisy.

We’ve been told for weeks that a play in Cen­tral Park fea­tur­ing the slaugh­ter of Mr. Trump was “just art.”

Just af­ter Kathy Grif­fin, who worked for CNN at the time, dis­trib­uted a pic­ture of her hold­ing up a bloody, de­cap­i­tated head of Mr. Trump ISIS-style, CNN’s Jake Tap­per hosted a panel which in­sisted it was much ado about noth­ing.

Molly Ball of The At­lantic noted, “I have a hard time bring­ing my­self to care about some­thing like this,” af­ter which she blamed the Trumps for ob­ject­ing to the de­pic­tion by ac­cus­ing them of “need­ing to see them­selves as vic­tims.” Mr. Tap­per tried to sti­fle a laugh. The panel then de­clared they had “much big­ger things to fo­cus on” than the dis­play of a CNN host hold­ing up the bloody head of the Amer­i­can pres­i­dent.

Well, fast for­ward just a few weeks, and CNN sud­denly does care, and did find time to ac­cuse the pres­i­dent of in­cit­ing vi­o­lence against them — be­cause of a staged wrestling meme where their logo gets jumped. Got it.

The truth is this: Mr. Trump is sim­ply the world’s great­est provo­ca­teur. As a busi­ness­man and en­ter­tainer, he un­der­stands the ben­e­fits of keep­ing your op­po­nents on their heels. Ridicule and mock­ery of your op­po­nents is one of mankind’s old­est po­lit­i­cal tac­tics. The provoked can never win, be­cause they’re al­low­ing emo­tions to dic­tate their ac­tions, re­veal­ing them­selves as undis­ci­plined, un­se­ri­ous fools.

Part of the prob­lem for the “jour­nal­ists” in le­gacy me­dia is Group­think. You may hear it re­ferred to as a bub­ble, but it’s more com­pli­cated than sim­ply be­ing iso­lated from oth­ers. It’s a con­certed and dan­ger­ous state where a group of peo­ple be­lieve they have sole pos­ses­sion of the truth and work to make sure al­ter­na­tive facts never in­fect the in­ner cir­cle of de­ci­sion-mak­ers, or those they’re try­ing to in­flu­ence.

It also makes it im­pos­si­ble for those af­flicted in me­dia to prop­erly and fairly view Mr. Trump and his work. And that is ex­actly the pres­i­dent’s point.

Yet, there is some pro­ject­ing here as well. There was a strangely co­or­di­nated new me­dia nar­ra­tive last week fo­cus­ing on Mr. Trump’s tweet­ing (of course), breath­lessly an­nounc­ing that his Twit­ter feed doesn’t deal with any im­por­tant pol­icy is­sues. “More than 10 per­cent of Trump’s re­cent tweets have been at­tacks on the press,” tweeted CNN’s Jake Tap­per, which linked to a whole seg­ment of him dis­sect­ing the pres­i­dent’s tweets, re­plete with Mr. Tap­per’s “I’m re­ally con­cerned” faux-fur­rowed brow.

Be­cause Twit­ter is such a big part of the me­dia’s lives, they ac­tu­ally be­lieve that if they don’t see it on Twit­ter it’s not hap­pen­ing. News­flash for so-called jour­nal­ists: the pres­i­dent doesn’t use Twit­ter to gov­ern, he uses it to push back, in­ter­rupt the left’s nar­ra­tives, and stay in touch with the Amer­i­can peo­ple.

CNN, in their of­fi­cial re­sponse to the wrestling tweet, ac­tu­ally com­plained that the wres­tle tweet some­how proved the pres­i­dent wasn’t do­ing his job. “… In­stead of pre­par­ing

A frame from a re­vamped WWF video retweeted by Pres­i­dent Trump this past week

for his first over­seas trip, his first meet­ing with Vladimir Putin, deal­ing with North Korea and work­ing on his health­care bill, he is in­stead in­volved in ju­ve­nile be­hav­ior far be­low the dig­nity of his of­fice. We will keep do­ing our jobs. He should start do­ing his.”

It takes less than a sec­ond to push the tweet but­ton, at which point one then goes about run­ning the free world.

Whether it’s Oba­macare, North Korea, ISIS, tax cuts, the econ­omy, the up­com­ing G20 meet­ings, or even the poor lit­tle Charlie Gard fight­ing for his life in Eng­land, the pres­i­dent gov­erns first and tweets when nec­es­sary. Part of his abil­ity to do his job is to con­front those who work 24/7 to im­pede his abil­ity to do so. Mock­ing them takes a few sec­onds out of the day, but their re­ac­tions con­firm his con­cern: many in the le­gacy me­dia can’t be trusted to do the most ba­sic part of their job which is to sim­ply bring you the news, not hate-fu­eled pro­pa­ganda.

The pres­i­dent re­mains one-step ahead of those who work to harm his abil­ity to do his job, cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment where the Amer­i­can peo­ple can de­cide for them­selves who they can trust.

Tammy Bruce, au­thor and Fox News con­trib­u­tor, is a ra­dio talk show host.

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