Donald Trump is sort of like the Peanuts character, Pig-Pen he walks around with a cloud of lies and corruption following him around which also engulfs those who work closely with him.
The media’s problem from the beginning was that they just couldn’t believe it. No one could lie so much and so bigly, no one could be so openly racist and sexist, no one could genuinely attack our American institutions of law and order and democracy. It can’t be the way things really are.
There has been a very slow learning curve for the media, they have come around to recognizing that, yes, Trump is indeed all of these horrible and hard-to-believe things. While it is affirming to see media folks openly and factually call Trump a liar, a racist and an adulterer, there are still times when they are so incredulous about an offensive or ignorant statement by Trump that they purposely leap over the truth it affirms to “impartially” muse, “What does it mean?”
As Freud once said, “Sometimes a sociopath is just a sociopath.” Or something like that.
Through the campaign and his time in the White House, we have lived with Trump for over two years (that’s a disturbing thought). We know exactly who he is and what his motivations are (mostly a mix of racism, narcissism, insecurity, chauvinism and a cup of authoritarianism thrown in). So when those in the news media respond to something he’s said with a question that overlooks the obvious and proven truths about Trump in search of some other, more normal answer, they do everyone including themselves a disservice (not to mention the work they impose on many Americans who have to keep cleaning off their tv screen from the avocado toast they’ve thrown at it).
The message here to the media is, quit playing dumb. Accept what is obviously true about Trump and stop asking “neutral” or fair” questions about what he says and does in the pursuit of appearing impartial. Please, no more labored denials of the self-apparent. The news is supposed to share truths, not stridently avoid truths when they think it might make them look partisan. The media’s nailbiting over looking unbiased is unimportant compared with being unbiased and honest. Truth isn’t partisan, the truth is for everyone whether they want it or watch Fox News.
To address this, following is a list of the top five questions the media should stop asking because the truth is obvious and any doubts are a contrivance to appear “balanced”.
The Top Five Questions The Media Needs to Stop Asking About Trump
1. “Why won’t Trump acknowledge that Russians interfered in our elections?”
Because it’s not in his interest to attack his ally when he wants them to help him in his re-election. All U.S. intelligence agencies affirm that Russia attacked and is attacking our country and democracy. Vladimir Putin and Russia supported Trump’s candidacy and helped him win in 2016 through cyber attacks and bot farms. Trump wants them to be free to interfere again and help him win in 2020. Secondarily, he likely feels that admitting Russia tipped the scales for him in his election will make him appear illegitimate…which he actually is (people don’t fear things they don’t believe in).
2. “Is Trump racist?”
Yes he is. He has openly complimented Nazis, smeared most minorities and embraced white nationalists. He has never said a positive thing about a minority unless they’ve toadied for him. Next?
3. “Does Trump believe the women who speak out about being assaulted by men?”
Yes, because he knows the truth about the 19 women accusing him of sexual assault (20 including Ivana Trump who stated he raped her). The real question is, “Why won’t he admit it?” Trump doesn’t want to be seen by the public as the serial sexual assaulter he is and he appears to believe that validating women’s statements in any other case validates the charges against him. He’s also a chauvinist who confessed in the Access Hollywood tape that he sees women as lesser than men and deserving of abuse. So he weasels out of it all by cautioning the public not to rush to judgement and ruin a man’s life over “accusations”…the life of a heinous, violent, sexually assaulting man, that is. While Trump remains entitled to ruin the lives of FBI officials, Democrats, immigrants and of course, women (he smeared all the women who came out against him as liars and frauds).
4. “Is Trump religious?”
After consulting “Two Corinthians”, no. Never. Not at all. He never regularly attended church, commits all of the deadly sins and discovered some new ones. He just claims to have faith to pander to the evangelical Christians because he badly needs and depends on support from extremists and sees that they are as unprincipled as he is.
5. “Did the Trump campaign collude with Russia?”
Hmm…they’ve already admitted to 31 interactions and 19 meetings including the quid pro quo Trump Tower meeting with Russian agents by Don Jr., Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner. Can Robert Mueller prove a criminal act of conspiracy in court against Trump? Only Mueller knows that but anyone who can read or listen should know that it is indisputable that the Trump Campaign colluded with Russia (his lawyers have even argued that collusion with Russia isn’t illegal…why would they argue that if he didn’t collude?).
Our news media needs to stop asking questions that they know aren’t questions anymore. It’s anti-truth to question facts that are known. The media shouldn’t worry about people complaining if they stop feigning ignorance as a ploy to appear impartial. Any complainers aren’t watching or reading them anyway, they’re only watching Fox News and believing in conspiracy theories that they represent as facts and never question. Fox News doesn’t ask questions about their phony stories and propaganda, the MSM need not ask questions about obvious and proven facts about Trump.
Just because a proven truth is outrageous, it doesn’t mean that it should be questioned.