By now even the dullest of the few will know what our new president thinks of the media…..and we know that he will attack without mercy via Twitter….
But how will the press actually handle the presidency of Donald Trump?
When George W. Bush was president, Rick Perlstein writes that he used to fantasize about posing this thought experiment to the mainstream media: If you were reporters in Germany when the Nazi party was rising, he would ask, at what point would you break from the pretense of “‘objectivity’—gotta hear both sides!—to inform your audience that what was going on was not normal?” During the Bush administration, the point felt a little overstated, but “no longer,” writes Perlstein in a post at In These Times. He views Donald Trump’s victory as nothing less than a trauma, and he writes that our nation is historically bad at dealing with traumas. Instead of confronting them, we resort to kumbaya-style choruses of “let’s come together.” And the media is worst of all, writes Perlstein, whose piece is headlined “The Rush to Normalize Trump.”
Perlstein cites a prior visit to the Oklahoma City bombing museum to make his point. Displays stress heroism in the immediate aftermath but fail to mention the years of anti-government vitriol that preceded the attack and turned Americans into terrorists. He thinks something similar is happening in the wake of Trump’s victory, with the theme now all about glossing over the ugliness of his campaign messages and reaching consensus. Things are bound to get worse, he warns. When Trump fails to fulfill promises or ushers in “geostrategic chaos,” Perlstein predicts he will deftly deflect blame onto his rotating list of enemies. “Enduring and resisting this onslaught will be traumatic,” writes Perlstein. “We will need unflinching assessments of exactly what it is we are going through.” But he’s not optimistic we’ll get it. Click for the full column.
Will be like the press coverage of the arrival of Napolean….he was a beast when miles from Paris as he drew closer he became a mad man, then a angry soldier and by the time he entered Paris the press was calling him a savior of France….will our MSM morph in the same way?
Will the press be a “king” maker?
In our communal effort to now try to figure out what kind of president Donald Trump will be (an endeavor which has traditionally, until this year, been undertaken BEFORE a presidential election has been completed), it seems there has been a lot of misdirected focus. It appears that, especially on the left, most of the concern is that he will turn into a racist dictator of some sort.
However, the left, as they so often do, is not only overplaying their hand with regard to who Donald Trump is, but they are also missing the primary point almost entirely. While I understand how someone who bought into the left’s “alt-right” “white supremacist” caricature of Trump might see his authoritarian “law and order” language as real warning signs of the rise of a Hitler-like figure (did you know that they were both named Time’s “Person of the Year”?), I think this conclusion requires a fundamental misunderstanding of who Trump is.
Time has began the “make nice” campaign…..how many others will follow suit?