In the immortal words of Captain Obvious: “Most of the establishment media hates President Trump.” That, in itself, is not a sin – despite the fact that it was generally considered a sin not to like former President Barack Obama. The media’s greatest sin, though, is to deliberately misrepresent what Trump says or tweets. A great many so-called journalists do it routinely and out of pure hatred for this president. There are times, though, when they do it simply because, being entirely bereft of a decent sense of humor, they just do not get The Donald.
Despite the discontinuation of White House press briefings, the president frequently makes himself available to the media. In fact, it is probably fair to say that, just about three years into his term, Trump has personally fielded more questions from reporters than any previous president had done throughout their entire time in office.
It was during one of these impromptu pressers, on Aug. 21, that the president spoke about pushing back against China over its unfair trade practices and continued theft of intellectual property from the US:
“Over the last five or six years, China’s made five hundred billion dollars – five hundred billion – ripped it out of the United States. And not only that, if you take a look: Intellectual property theft – add that to it and add a lot of other things to it …”
At that point, a reporter off-camera tried to interrupt, but Trump continued: “So, somebody, excuse me, somebody had to do it. I am the chosen one. Somebody had to do it, so I’m taking on China …”
The Media Sulks When Trump Hits Back
To any honest, fair-minded observer, it was clear that Trump was being sarcastic when he said: “I am the chosen one.” He half-turned away from the reporters, glanced skyward, and spread his arms just a little. Even the tone of his voice indicated that he was trying to be funny. The anti-Trump media had a fit, however. Perhaps these journalists and pundits really believe the president was being serious – in which case, they lack the perceptiveness to be in the news business – or maybe they knew very well he was kidding but have chosen to deceive the public.
One thing everyone has come to learn about Donald J. Trump is that he never lets a critical remark go unanswered. Even when the issue may seem trivial and not worth his time, the president will punch back against anyone who says or writes something negative about him. In keeping with that, Trump on Friday, Aug. 23 addressed his “chosen one” remark as he answered reporters’ questions before departing the White House for the G7 summit in France. “You know exactly what I meant,” he said in response to a question about it, “It was sarcasm. It was joking.”
The following day, the president took to Twitter to once again harangue the media over their coverage of his comment:
“When I looked up to the sky and jokingly said ‘I am the chosen one,’ at a press conference two days ago, referring to taking on Trade with China, little did I realize that the media would claim that I had a ‘Messiah complex.’ They knew I was kidding, being sarcastic, and just having fun. I was smiling as I looked up and around. The MANY reporters with me were smiling also. They knew the TRUTH…And yet when I saw the reporting, CNN, MSNBC and other Fake News outlets covered it as serious news & me thinking of myself as the Messiah. No more trust!”
In response to the president’s rebukes, the media has pumped out articles with headlines that suggest he is now trying to distract from or cover up his “Messiah complex”:
- From aol.com: “Trump now says his ‘chosen one’ remark was sarcasm.”
- From WRAL: “The ‘chosen one’? Trump says never mind.”
- From The Independent: “Trump insists ‘chosen one’ claim was simply ‘sarcasm’.” More from this article: “Trump has now backtracked and claimed the whole thing was a gag when questioned by a reporter.”
- From USA Today: “’It was sarcasm’: President Donald Trump changes course on ‘chosen one’ remark.”
Notice the common theme running through these headlines: “Trump now says …” “Trump insists …” “Trump has now backtracked …” “President Donald Trump changes course …” Each one implies the president is now attempting to correct what he said or is trying to put a different spin on his “chosen one” comment.
In fact, that is not at all what happened. Trump has neither retracted nor apologized for the remark. He has merely pointed out what the leftist media deliberately omitted from their coverage: That the comment was made in jest, as is obvious to anyone with an ounce of common sense.
Interestingly, none of the articles written beneath the headlines listed here present any evidence or argument that Trump’s “chosen one” comment was made in earnest. Clearly, the writers and editors of these articles have nothing to say and no case to make. Yet, they publish under headlines that suggest the president is trying to deflect attention away from some terrible, inappropriate comment.
It may be a lack of intelligence. It may be the absence of a sense of humor. It may be both. Whatever their problems, the scribblers and talking heads of the anti-Trump media just do not get it. Worse still for them, they do not appear to realize how transparently disingenuous their attacks are on this president, who continues to outsmart them on an almost daily basis. These people do not have to like Trump, and they do not have to approve of his policies or his opinions. As long as they continue to refuse to cover him objectively, though, he will keep winning the war of words, and the media will continue to be seen by the majority of Americans as dishonest peddlers of fake news.