Now that the Mueller witch hunt is finally over, we can finally assess who were the biggest losers during the course of this 2-year ordeal for America.
No doubt the President took a lot of incoming flak that would in all probability render lesser men in a state of continuous confusion and disarray from fulfilling their promise to the American people.
However, this was Donald Trump — an outlier in the seamy world of politics who doesn’t conform to the rigid boundaries of the political elites.
He’s unpredictable, unconventional and unafraid to tell-it-like-it-is, which frustrates the mainstream media because they cannot set the agenda regarding this remarkable individual, no matter how hard they try.
In a world dominated by public opinion polls and social media, in which the media usually prevails in shaping events, this President has become their Achilles-heel. Regardless of how many negative articles, stories, interviews, or propaganda pieces they run, this President always seems to prevail.
Because of his uncanny ability to cut through the negative bluster with his own down to earth, and in-your-face tweets, that usually renders his advisories into a sputtering incoherent rage, especially when he mockingly points to those cameras within his rallies calling them out as “fake news.”
In a recent study conducted by the Media Research Center concerning the broadcast coverage of the Trump Campaign during the 2016 election, the Center found that over 91% was negative during the evening broadcast news hour.
“Even when they were critical of Hillary Clinton, for concealing her pneumonia, for example, or mischaracterizing the FBI investigation of her e-mail server, network reporters always maintained a respectful tone in their coverage,” read the study. “This was not the case with Trump, who was slammed as embodying ‘the politics of fear,’ or a ‘dangerous’ and ‘vulgar’ ‘misogynistic bully’ who had insulted vast swaths of the American electorate.”
Fast forward to the Russia witch hunt in which almost every major media outlet regardless of whether it was within print, network or cable universally denounced the President, using in many instances uncorroborated and, anonymous sources, hearsay, innuendoes, speculations, and in some egregious instances fabricated stories within their own newsrooms.
In one particular incident, CNN reported a “bombshell expose” that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen claimed during his Senate testimony that Donald Trump had advanced knowledge of the meeting at Trump Tower between his son, his son-in-law Kushner and Veselnitskaya.
The report later proved to be false. As usual, CNN was reporting fake news and curiously Lanny Davis (Cohen’s lawyer) himself confirmed to be one of the anonymous sources at the time it was published.
In another instance former CIA Director John Brennan (an Obama operative) appearing on NBC News accused the President of being “drunk with power” because the President revoked his security clearance, after countless claims on both CNN and MSNBC that he had inside information on President Trump colluding with the Russians, even branding the President a “TRAITOR.”
“Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes & misdemeanors,’” Brennan tweeted, using language associated with impeachment. “It was nothing short of ‘treasonous.’ Not only were Trump’s comments ‘imbecilic’, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???”
Those accusations were especially egregious, in that CNN hired Brennan in part because of his former status as CIA Director. Thus his accusations seemed credible. However after Attorney General William Barr released a summary of Mueller’s findings, that there was “no collusion” with Russia a meek Brennan appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” admitted he got it wrong saying “I don’t know if I received bad information, but I think I suspected there was more than there actually was.”
Then there was the New York Times which was forced to issue a retraction after falsely reporting Paul Manafort passed along polling information to the Kremlin.
The so-called “paper of record” apparently didn’t bother to fact check their story. Instead, they published it as a “bombshell” report claiming that Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chair, had “lied about sharing polling data … related to the 2016 presidential campaign” with Kremlin-linked businessman Oleg V. Deripaska.
In a recent poll conducted by Gallup in 2017, only 32% said they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media, “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly” those numbers are the lowest in polling history.