Based on the media’s frenzied response to every absurd Trump uttering, Trump could declare that he will blow up the moon and the MSM would be debating each day if he really will and if so, will Ivanka stop him from blowing up Mars next?
Those of us who live on the non-blown-up planet Earth (at least as of now) and have lived enough life to hear 5 year olds try to lie successfully, recognize the transparent manipulation Trump uses in his frequent lies.
When Trump was first getting hammered by leaks about his campaign’s ties to Russia then suddenly claimed that Obama had wiretapped him, sensible people knew it was a petulant lie. When Trump threatened James Comey not to tell the press about Trump’s possibly criminal behavior with him to potentially obstruct justice because there might be tapes, sensible people heard echoes of a schoolyard bully’s empty threats. Now that the investigation of Trump’s potentially criminal acts and his campaign’s likely collusion with Russia is getting staffed up with tough and seasoned personnel, Trump’s people have been clamoring that he may fire Independent Counsel Robert Mueller, sensible people once again see the grit Trump is trying to throw in the eyes of the public with another sensationalist lie.
And how does the media respond to Trump’s lies intended to stoke the media and through them, his base? They become stoked. They pump up their pundit budgets and yammer all day about, “What if this lame lie of Trump’s comes true?”
By swallowing whole the lies that Trump tosses out to drive their “news” days and exploit the tabloid nature of the lies to shock and attract viewership, the MSM is collaborating with Trump just as they did during the campaign. They are instantly validating his lies and manipulation and clutching their pearls and gasping at them because it’s good for ratings.
Despite the media hysteria over each Trump lie as possibly being true, they also pander to the anti-Trump majority by portraying Trump as a liar and untrustworthy. So which is it, MSM? Is Trump a liar who shouldn’t be believed or should everything he says, no matter how obviously dishonest, be debated by pundits as if it’s true?
Here at The Planet, we don’t have the resources that the MSM has but maybe we can help them figure out the simple stuff. No, there was no Obama wiretapping of Trump. No, there are no White House recordings of Comey’s discussions with Trump or any other recordings (does the MSM really believe that the obviously incompetent Trump is instead an evil genius who is three steps ahead of everyone and despite the disarray of his Admin, designed and implemented a White House surveillance system to record conversations in order to prove it’s really those who aren’t “loyal” to Trump who are the liars?). No, Trump is not going to fire Mueller (even Trump’s people are now pushing back on this).
Trump has done and will continue to do outrageous things like firing Comey but his childish threats borne out of frustration are so obvious that the MSM seems to be intentionally ignoring their own reporting on Trump’s penchant for vindictiveness and use of dishonesty to manipulate away a focus on the truth.
After a year of this game (let alone 4 years if he makes it to the end of his term without being impeached), Trump lying provocatively to intimidate or manipulate and the MSM wringing their hands to pundit-worry if his latest lie might not be a lie, it’s hard to imagine that this symbiotic relationship will continue profiting either of them. Meanwhile, a majority of Americans already see Trump as a prolific liar and seem far more insightful than the profit-chasing MSM that keeps trying to breathe life into every Trump lie.
A new MSM motto may be adapted from an old cliche (that G.W. Bush is famous for messing up), “Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice, works for me if our ratings go up!”