A new article in The Atlantic about how the press has covered President Donald Trump and his administration might be viewed from two dramatically different perspectives, one suggesting reporters critical of the president have been “resistance heroes,” and the other identifying combative reporters as “resistance heroes” whose bias against Trump was as subtle as the Nashville bomb blast.
Writing for The Atlantic, McKay Coppins begins by recalling, “The day after the 2016 election, I got a phone call from an old friend. Neither of us had slept much, and we spent most of the conversation exchanging shell-shocked comments of the Can you believe this? variety.”
Coppins describes Trump as “an unusually mendacious and corrupt president.”
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By no small coincidence, one look at social media and conservative websites might reveal a fair number of American citizens think of the media in the same way. It’s why Trump’s accusations of “fake news” gained so much traction so quickly.
Reporting for Fox News, journalist Brian Flood observes, “CNN’s Jim Acosta was accused of being ‘literally delusional’ on Tuesday after admitting he doesn’t plan to cover Joe Biden’s presidency as actively as he did the Trump administration, claiming covering Trump was ‘an experience that might merit hazard pay.’”
And back at The Atlantic, CNN “fact checker” Daniel Dale told Coppins his beat will “necessarily expand come January.” But that may not mean what some people think it should mean.
“It will not be a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week job to fact-check Biden,” Dale told Coppins.
Instead, Dale “hopes to spend more time debunking online disinformation and digging into claims made by congressional leaders,” the story explained. One can almost hear conservatives wondering to themselves which congressional leaders he will be debunking, Republicans or Democrats?
As noted by the Fox News report, “Many took to Twitter to mock the CNN staffers for essentially admitting they won’t cover Biden as thoroughly as they did Trump.” The story was illustrated with copies of the Twitter messages. Here are a couple of examples:
"Dale hopes to spend more time debunking online disinformation and digging into claims made by congressional leaders."
TRANSLATION: CNN will be providing cover for Biden and Harris and go after anyone who attacks them.
— AdamInHTownTX (Sixteen Cents Richer) (@AdamInHTownTX) December 29, 2020
They don't know Biden very well, and apparently the plan is to keep it that way. What hacks. One of the best outcomes of the Trump presidency was that he lifted the veil on the "press".
— Zotzer (@zotzer) December 29, 2020
Trump supporters stress his successes in restoring the economy, improving employment even among minorities, brokering three peace accords in the Middle East, lowering taxes, setting in motion the return of troops from Afghanistan and other deployments and the fact that he did not get the country into another war.
But with Trump evidently on the way out of the White House, stories such as those in The Atlantic and at Fox News don’t do the establishment press any favors.
For four years, President Trump has accused the media of bias and portrayed members of the press as the enemy. Is it possible they are now admitting he’s been right?
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