Trump Hastens Media Meltdown

Few things are better than watching the media weep in despair as President Trump continues to deliver on his promises. One of those things, however, is watching as the intellectually honest among them are forced to admit that he is winning.

And that is exactly what has been happening in recent weeks. Two of the largest and most biased media outlets, marching through vales of tears, admitted that President Trump, arguably, has kept more of his promises than any President in modern history.

The first of these delicious offerings is CNN’s “Donald Trump — Keeper of Promises.” Then, like an early Christmas present, came the second piece in the Huffington Post: “Sadly, Trump is Winning.”

Both articles highlight all of Trump’s major accomplishments and track how closely they line up to his promises on the campaign trail. And both delineate his accomplishments as occasion for lamentations which, of course, cannot ring as anything other than delightful music in the ears of Trump supporters.

CNN talks about how Trump has made good on his word to withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Paris Agreement, while also swiftly moving to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and de-certify the Iran Deal. These were all bad deals for our country that Trump promised supporters he would renegotiate, and he is doing that. After fighting the courts for months, his travel ban has finally been fully implemented. Most recently, of course, he made the bold move of declaring Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel, much to the chagrin of the globalist elite and Islamists around the world. GDP growth has been soaring at levels of 3 percent or higher for the last several quarters, and the stock market continues to reach for the sky, with its latest milestone being 24,000.

The Huffington Post piece makes clear, even in the title, that Trump’s success is an occasion for their mourning; yet even they can no longer deny that by Trump’s metrics, he is winning. HuffPo focuses on how Trump recently succeeded in having his OMB Director, Mick Mulvaney, take over the controversial, Obama-era Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), after its former director Richard Cordray resigned. Mulvaney quickly acted and removed many of the Obama-appointed CFPB personnel. Trump himself continues to fill up judicial vacancies with judges who, on average, are rather young and very conservative, from the same mold as Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. Most recently, the GOP’s tax cut bill advanced through the Senate, and now faces the last few hurdles in the conference committee as it appears fairly likely to head over to President Trump’s desk.

This turn of events—two of Trump’s biggest media rivals admitting to his success—is about as predictable as as a swarm of laser-sharks attacking Hawaii…which means that, naturally, Scott Adams had already predicted it quite a while ago.

But then again, maybe this turn of the wheel isn’t so surprising after a week of monumentally disastrous mainstream media errors and self-corrections. This list includes, but is not limited to: claims that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was about to be fired; the humiliation of both ABC’s Brian Ross and “The View’s” Joy Behar over a false report on General Michael Flynn; the debunked claims that Robert Mueller’s investigation had subpoenaed President Trump’s account with Deutsche Bank; and an erroneous CNN story claiming that Donald Trump, Jr. had contact with WikiLeaks prior to that website releasing thousands of DNC emails, when that contact actually came about after the leak.

And again, all of this was within the span of just one week. This isn’t the first such week since Donald Trump was sworn in to be the 45th President of the United States. He has always and continues to give the media the vapors.

Former Yale professor Walter Russell Mead addressed this on Twitter. Comparing the current era to a similar media-centric period during the Watergate scandal, Mead recalled: “I don’t remember anything like this level of journalistic carelessness back then.” He also accurately noted: “The constant stream of ‘bombshells’ that turn into duds is doing much more to damage the media than anything Trump could manage.” Fox News’ Brit Hume, who was a reporter during the Watergate era, agreed.

And of course, what better way to address these controversies than deflection to complete non-stories? That’s what Slate did with a recent article taking on what must be considered as truly the most scandalous, the most revolting thing that Donald Trump has ever done in his entire life: “Trump Reportedly Drinks 12 Diet Cokes, Watches Up to 8 Hours of TV Per Day.” The horror.

Scott Adams, once again, said it best: “Slate ran out of ammo.”

And of course, it wasn’t long before CNN also bravely tackled this most consequential  story, and made the genius decision to crowd out coverage of this week’s attempted terrorist attack in New York City in order to make sure the American people got to the bottom of Donald Trump’s terrible aspartame and caffeine fueled presidency.

Two illustrations will make my point for me. First:

And second:

These truly are pictures worthy of their own full-length comedy film. They present a mainstream media unable to come to terms with a president they so despise and predicted a series of disasters would follow, actually succeeding; thus, they turn to creating one fake “bombshell” after another, only to be forced to admit to their errors, before then turning to the most mundane and pathetic “attacks” imaginable.

The only thing left is the conclusion: will the media finally concede and admit to its bias, and attempt a genuine shift to a more neutral, non-partisan coverage of our president? Not likely.

Will the mainstream media finally lose its monopoly on information in the modern day, and at last be successfully overrun by alternative media? Ideal, but there’s still a long way to go.

Or does the media continue to double down on stupid, in the hope that their pickaxes will finally strike some molecule of gold, instead of hacking off their own feet? Again, this is unlikely. So, grab the popcorn, and enjoy the ongoing picture produced by an anti-Trump media setting itself on fire.

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.