STRATEGIC PRESS ATTACKS
For many Americans, the political world goes from complicated to incomprehensible when the news media makes negative claims against President Trump that don’t match up with reality. The public, for example, rejoices over the administration’s very real economic and diplomatic gains but then are warned by grim journalists that the administration is in “chaos.”
Yes, well. Such salvos against Mr. Trump and his staff saturate the airwaves; indeed, ongoing studies by the Media Research Center charting major broadcast coverage of the president, since even before he was even elected, reveal that 90 percent of that coverage is negative. Ghastly narratives and strategic buzzwords such as “chaos” appear like clockwork. Reporters and anchors accent their delivery with convincing emotion and persuasive melodrama, often accompanied by stark graphics and suggestive headlines. The anti-Trump press also cleverly packages speculation, rumor and anonymous sources as hard news or facts.
Is it a coordinated effort? Some think so, particularly when a tell-all book and an anonymous op-ed against the president arrive at once — bolstered by a vigorous public speech against Mr. Trump made by a powerful predecessor. Another salvo is soon to follow. Playing off an old saying, such attacks are like buses — there’s another along every three minutes. Or so it seems.
Vice President Mike Pence has a helpful summation about what’s really going on here. “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace asked him about that anonymous New York Times op-ed, and if he had been personally targeted by it.
“I wouldn’t know. I really do believe — that whether it’s the book, whether it’s the anonymous editorial, whether it’s President Obama’s speech — it’s all an effort to distract attention from this booming economy and from the president’s record of success. And it’s all very predictable,” Mr. Pence said.
“We have important midterm elections coming up. I get all of that. But the American people should know President Trump and I are going to remain absolutely determined to re-elect this Republican Congress so we can continue to build on the momentum that’s putting Americans back to work,” the vice president advised.
Ongoing studies by the Media Research Center charting broadcast coverage of President Trump reveal 90 percent of coverage is negative.