Is it me? Or does it seem as if there’s one guy crafting the entire leftist media’s talking points?
There are times when you can switch from CNN, to MSNBC, to ABC, and hear the exact same message. The exact same narrative. The exact same opinions.
It doesn’t get any better if you prefer to read the news. In many cases, the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Huffington Post echo each other when they’re commenting on a news story.
It sounds like they all get together in a smoke-filled room to figure out what they’re going to say on a particular issue before reporting on it. The media’s reporting on President Trump’s inaugural speech is a prime example of this.
Just about every news outlet described the speech the exact same way. It was “dark.” If you happened to Google the speech, that’s what you would find in almost every headline.
Here are some examples from a quick Google search:
- USA Today: “Analysis: Trump’s short, dark and defiant inaugural address”
- Los Angeles Times: “No sunny Reagan, Trump in his first address as president hews to his dark vision of America”
- New York Magazine: “Trump’s Dark, Weird, Inaugural Campaign Speech”
- Washington Post: “In his dark ‘America First’ inaugural speech, Trump has a message for the world”
- Politico: “TV news anchors weigh in on ‘radical,’ ‘dark’ inaugural speech”
See what I mean? It seems that every major news outlet characterized Trump’s speech as “dark.” And if it wasn’t dark, it was dystopian. That way the establishment media can feel they’re “different” from the rest. As a matter of fact, some have even compared his inaugural address to Bane’s speech in “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Great. Our new President isn’t just a Republican. He’s also a Batman villain.
But wait a minute…doesn’t this all sound familiar? Of course it does! That’s because they did the exact same thing when describing the Republican National Convention. The media is trying to paint the Republican party as the “dark” party.
Obviously, it isn’t working.
So, how much of what the media is saying is actually true? Was President Trump’s speech really as dark as they want us to believe?
Let’s take a look…
The reality is that the overall tone of President Trump’s speech was not any darker than that of other presidents. He did what every president does when he takes office. He described the problems the country is facing, then, discussed what his administration was going to do to fix it.
Here is what the President said when discussing the fact that the government and Washington elites have been enriching themselves as the American people suffer.
“That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. This is your day. This is your celebration. And this, the United States of America, is your country.”
The President is expressing his intention to fix the problems caused by our government. It’s what he means when he talks about “draining the swamp.” There’s nothing dark about that.
He also said, “We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this moment on, it’s going to be America First. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.”
President Trump, and many of his supporters believe that the decisions made by the government haven’t been designed to benefit the people it is supposed to serve. The President is saying that he intends to make the American people his top priority. I’m not seeing the darkness here.
Lastly, President Trump also said “When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us, “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.” We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable. There should be no fear – we are protected, and we will always be protected.”
It’s hard to give a dark speech when you’re quoting what the Bible says about unity, right? The notion that Americans should unite and face the world without fear is a message we can all agree with regardless of how we feel about our new President.
By the way, what about former President Obama’s first inaugural speech? Did the media label it as “dark?” Of course not.
And yet, look at some of the things he said:
“That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred.”
“Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost, jobs shed, businesses shuttered.”
“Our health care is too costly, our schools fail too many — and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.”
Oh, so very dystopian!
Of course, it’s easy to say Trump’s speech was dark if you only cherry pick the parts of it that describe the problems our nation faces. I just did it to Obama. Here’s the reality. Obama’s speech was not dark. Neither was Trump’s.
And yet, the media deliberately picked the sections of the speech that fit neatly into their nefarious narrative. Instead of commenting on the speech as a whole, they focused only on the parts they could use against him. It’s a clear and blatant example of the media’s bias.
The establishment media doesn’t want to give Americans the information they need. They want to manipulate us into believing what they want us to believe.
But a great many Americans weren’t buying it, and this precisely is why the Democrats lost the election.
You would think that the results of this past election would cause the media to finally wake up. Wouldn’t it make sense? Their biased reporting has caused the American people to stop trusting them.
When the media disproportionately attacks conservatives, people are less likely to believe what they say. Not only that, they get angry. They react.
One principal part of Trump’s appeal is his willingness to strike back against the media when they attack him. It’s a lesson that every conservative candidate should learn. The Republican rubric should be, “No more Mr. Nice Guy.”
In April of last year, the American Press Institute issued a report saying that 41% of Americans have “hardly any confidence” in the news media. The report also stated that “The two most common problems people cite are incidents that they perceived as evidence of bias or that showed a news source had been inaccurate.”
No big surprise there, right? Most of us know that people are less likely to trust a media outlet that engages in biased and inaccurate reporting.
So why doesn’t the left get this? People want to be informed. Not propagandized. They want the facts, not spin.
Media bias has been a colossal point of contention for conservatives. And rightly so. We’ve witnessed how the media has treated conservatives unfairly for decades.
They ruthlessly attack conservative candidates when they run for office. They arrogantly mock our values. They ridicule our beliefs. And now, it’s finally backfired on them. And they are oh, so angry.
Simply put, media bias has cost the left the election. And it seems the left wants to keep on losing. Fine by me.
So, keep it up, leftist media. Continue your unfair attacks. Continue your false reporting. Keep mocking us. We’ll keep using it to win elections.
A self-confessed news and political junkie, Jeff’s writing has been featured in Small Business Trends, Business2Community, and The Huffington Post. Born in Southern California and having experienced the 1992 L.A. Riots up close and personal, Jeff's insights are informed by his experiences as a black man and a conservative.