aside Maureen Dowd On The President VS. The Press

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“We the People” are well aware of our republican Donald Trump’s War vs. the press. His tweets against the media, as the “enemy of the American people” have become infamous.

Here is the president’s first tweet: “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @CNN,@NBCNews and many more) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American people. SICK!”

That tweet was deleted and replaced a few minutes later later with this version: “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC,@CBS,@CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”

To counter the president’s attack on the press, I am reprinting quotes by Jeff Darcy from his post on the 2/24/16 Cleveland.com site:

“Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed– and no republic can survive.”  –John F. Kennedy –

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President right or wrong…is morally treasonable to the American public.”  — Theodore Roosevelt

“Our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press, nor that be limited without danger of losing it.”   — Thomas Jefferson.

Jeff Darcy also made these comments, “Trump’s tweets read like they could have been written by Richard Nixon at the height of Watergate or any Authoritarian and Fascist leader throughout history.”

“The Press is the enemy, the establishment is the enemy, the professors are the enemy.”   –President Richard Nixon.”

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Maureen Dowd

One of my now favorite retorts to the president’s angry diatribes towards the establishment news outlets is the following 2/25/17 New York Times opinion piece by Maureen Dowd, “Trump vs. Press: Crazy, Stupid Love.”

Excerpts:

But our new president’s most intense, primal, torrid relationship is in full “The War of the Roses” bloom here. And it is not with his beautiful, reserved wife. It’s with the press, the mirror for the First Narcissus.Editorial cartoon on President Donald Trump and the media

“President Trump thinks that the mirror is cracked and the coverage is “fake.” And many in the press, spanning the ideological spectrum, think that he is cracked and that a lot of his pronouncements are fake.”

“Can this strange, symbiotic relationship be saved? Probably not. It is too inflamed and enmeshed, too full of passionate accusations. It’s going to end like all those plays and movies — from “Othello” to “Endless Love” — where the mutual attraction is so powerful, it’s toxic.”

“Trump could not live without the press. It is his crack. He would be adrift and bereft without his sparring partners, lightning rods, scapegoats and amplifiers.”Editorial cartoon on Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump and reporters

“And while many in the press may disdain the way Trump uses them to rile up crowds and deflect from transgressions, they know they have a rare story and a tantalizing, antagonizing protagonist.”

“The press is everything to Donald Trump, from interior décor — his Trump Tower office was plastered wall to wall with framed magazine covers reflecting his face back at him like an infinity mirror — to daily reading. For decades every morning, he had his assistant print out a sheaf of stories published about him and keep a store of videotapes for ego gratification. Once Trump became a Twitter addict, this morphed into an incestuous, vertiginous spiral, as he got upset and shot back against news reports he did not like.”Editorial cartoon on President Donald Trump and Trump campaign

“His campaign staff “cracked the code for tamping down his most inflammatory tweets,” Tara Palmeri reported in Politico last week, by ensuring “his personal media consumption includes a steady stream of praise. And when no such praise was to be found, staff would turn to friendly outlets to drum some up — and make sure it made its way to Trump’s desk.”

“Talk about fake news.”

“He is the biggest story on the planet, “King Lear meets Rodney Dangerfield,” as Lloyd Grove tweeted after Trump’s recent press conference. As our president is well aware, he’s a rainmaker and a troublemaker for media.”Editorial cartoon on President Donald Trump and Stephen Bannon

“Financially pressed news organizations are not being shy about seizing the moment to celebrate — and cash in on — their aggressive independence. They are responding with a missionary zeal to being treated as “the opposition party” that “should keep its mouth shut,” as Trump enforcer Steve Bannon put it.”

“The Washington Post has added a dramatic “Batman”-style motto online: “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” The New York Times bought a pricey ad for the Oscars with the tag line, “The truth is more important than ever.” The Los Angeles Times made new multilingual T-shirts declaring, “We will not shut up.”Editorial cartoon on President Donald Trump and alternative facts

“President Trump is constantly berating the press because the accounts of his chaotic, careering first month in the job do not sync up with the glossy, self-regarding image he has in the fun-house mirror of his head and in the reflection from his circle of sycophants. Kellyanne Conway calls him “President Action” and “President Impact” and Bannon compares him to William Jennings Bryan. (Trump would definitely want a cross of gold to match his new Oval Office drapes.)”

“Back in the ’70s and ’80s, with a shameless talent for self-aggrandizement untethered to fact, Trump was able to turn himself into a celebrity. Like his mentor Roy Cohn, Trump learned to manipulate his coverage in the New York tabloids. He even came up with two alter egos, John Barron and John Miller, so he could masquerade as his own p.r. agent and spin tall tales about Madonna and Carla Bruni craving him.”Editorial cartoon on President Donald Trump and the media

“Posing as John Miller, he used to ask to go on and off the record when talking about girls lusting after Donald,” recalls Sue Carswell, who dealt with both Trump and his fake spinmeister when she was at People during l’affaire Marla Maples.”

“It doesn’t seem to have sunk in with Trump that he can’t manipulate the press as easily today. He’s the president. When he exaggerates and makes things up now, it has global consequences and subverts American values. It is not like whispering lies about which famous women are panting for him.”

“In his pouty speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, he reiterated his sour denunciation of journalists as “the enemy of the people.” The man who made his flashy reputation by being an anonymous and pseudonymous source — and who still spews a constant stream of wild assertions based on anonymous sources — blustered that the press “shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name.”Editorial cartoon on Walter Cronkite and the media

“The White House has been trying to shape coverage by giving passes and questions at press conferences to Breitbart and other conservative outlets, including some fringe ones. And on Friday afternoon, the White House barred several news organizations from a Sean Spicer briefing. This included The New York Times and CNN, which angered the White House by reporting on links between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence officials.”

‘This Russian-style domination of the press came only a few hours after the president told CPAC: “I love the First Amendment; nobody loves it better than me. Nobody.”

“Fake news. Let’s just hope he doesn’t love the First Amendment to death.”

8 comments

  1. The worse thing for Trump’s ego is if the press ignored him. Or, since he is president, just not show up at press conferences and focus on the real news like how his cabinet leaders and vice president are having to apologize for him to allies and partners and openly disagree with him. This latter reporting will likely eat at his craw.

  2. Dear Keith,

    In the past DT played the press like a violin.He knew that the news media ratings spiked because of his participation.

    Now, that DT is president, the media has him as a fodder whether the news is positive or negative. DT no longer has the control that he had experienced pre-presidency. This change in the symbiotic relationship between the president and the press will take time for DT to internalize.

    Ciao, Gronda

    • Gronda, what he also is finding out it is easier to promise than to deliver. He does know one thing – distract the media when the news is on target and critical. To me, this is a sign of covering up.

      Speaking of campaign processes, did he not say he a had a sure fire way to defeat ISIS, but he did not want to tip his hand? So, how about that plan? Keith

      • Dear Keith,

        Any plan to defeat ISIS by DT is probably as real as the invisible plan republicans have to replace Obamacare.Like you have been saying, at some point DT is going to have to deliver.

        Ciao, Gronda

      • Dear Keith,

        DT’s attempts to distract from whenever there is negative news about Russia; his pro Russian rhetoric that he has not exhibited with other countries; his surrogates’ attempts to color the intelligence investigations; and his resistance towards sharing his IRS tax returns, all tell me that DT is covering up, big time.

        Ciao, Gronda

    • Dear Renxkyoko,

      Maureen Dowd has been a famous Pulitzer winning NY columnist since around the late 1990’s. She is known for her irreverent depiction of people who are famous like President Trump. I’ve been a fan of her writing for years.

      Hugs, Gronda

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