(Fred Weinberg) – Here are some interesting questions:
Do Chuck Todd, John Dickerson, George Stephanopoulos, and Chris Wallace actually think we care what they and their Sunday morning panels think of Donald Trump?
Are they so out of touch with actual Americans that they think that the crap they say every week equates to a problem for the President?
Did they actually pay attention to the 2016 campaign and the results on November 9?
I would think that the answers are no, yes and no.
Which explains why the mainstream media (and yes, I’m including Fox in that group—keep reading) is on a jihad against President Trump.
They’re doing it because they think they can.
Ask any of the news poobahs I named above when the last time they had coffee in a place in Stroud, Oklahoma with an average guy who works in the oilfield. Or in Prescott, Arizona. Or Peoria, Illinois.
You get the picture.
The answer is the 12th of never. They live in Washington, they think politics is the most important thing on the face of the earth and they think the people in “flyover country” know nothing of “their” world.
So the news you get is what they think is news.
President Trump says he was wiretapped? Where’s the evidence? Turns out that if they would have had the same distrust of the Obama administration which about 63,000,000 Americans in flyover country had, they wouldn’t have been so quick to dismiss what the President said.
Why, they might have even asked Susan Rice on one of the same Sunday morning shows she went on in 2012 to lie about Benghazi. But they didn’t think it was a story because they simply knew more than we did.
After all, some are the sons of famous people, they are all well paid and their rings are appropriately kissed. Next best thing to being a Senator.
And they are much smarter and more informed than mere voters. Just ask them.
So their polls and their instincts told them that Trump was a buffoon who could not possibly be nominated and, when he was, could not possibly win.
And when he won, the jihad began.
And, just so we’re clear, Fox is not nearly as right leaning as they would have you believe.
Chris Wallace and Shepherd Smith seem to have a grudge against Trump and it certainly showed in the “wiretapping” story. If their snide comments during “news” programming constitute fair and balanced, then both of them need to look at a dictionary.
It gets down to this.
Journalism is not a profession, it is a trade. Just like plumbing, some people are good at it and some are not. But a hallmark of good is being without a puffed up opinion of yourself. Like those folks I named above and many of their panelists. As a rule, journalists—especially broadcast journalists—are not “experts” on anything. They are there to tell you what happened. When they get into opinions, that is the end of the journalism because they are almost ALLWAYS out of their depth—especially in Washington.
Many “journalists” in Washington think of themselves as part of the government which governs the rest of us. And they see us as—to steal a line from Mel Brooks—pawns in the game of life.
So, when one of them tells us on a Sunday morning (or any other time) that the President they were confident couldn’t even get the nomination much less get elected has done something egregiously or even slightly wrong, you’ll forgive my skepticism.
I’ll go with the voters every time. They are a lot smarter.
Mr. Weinberg is publisher of the Penny Press. Get to know more about him by visiting www.PennyPressNV.com.