You may have noticed that our President is at war with what he calls Fake News. He claims, and it is patently obvious, that most of the mainstream press/media has been attacking him as opposed to reporting on him.
As reported in the Chicago Tribune, a Harvard study found that in Trump's first 100 days in office, the tone of the news coverage of the president has been 80 percent negative to 20 percent positive. CNN and NBC were 93 percent negative in their Trump stories, and CBS was a 91 to 9 ratio. And the pro-Trump Fox News? That network was 52 percent negative to 48 percent positive.
In Phoenix, Trump did rant about the way the press reports, repeating parts of his Charlottesville reaction that was roundly criticized. When he said he thought the racism and violence was 'coming from both sides' you would think he declared war on black people!
The leftists in the media found something they could pounce on, and though it was obviously a true statement, they portray it as Trump denying that white racism exists, and that he was approving of white supremicists and neo nazis.
So he went to Phoenix to reach out directly to his supporters and anyone who has issues with getting their news from the mainstream media.
"You (pointing to the audience in Phoenix) always understood what Washington, D.C. did not. Our movement is a movement built on love. It's love for fellow citizens. It's love for struggling Americans who've been left behind, and love for every American child who deserves a chance to have all of their dreams come true."
"From the inner cities to the rural outposts, from the Sun Belt to the Rust Belt, from east to west and north to south, our movement is built on the conviction that every American from every background is entitled to a government that puts their needs first."
Former National Intelligence Director James Clapper (an Obama appointee) called the speech in Phoenix, “downright scary and disturbing."
"What happened in Charlottesville strikes at the core of American...Racism is evil -- and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans...We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence.We believe that every American has the right to live with dignity. Respect for America demands respect for all of its people. Loyalty to our nation requires loyalty to each other."
Don Lemon at CNN had a hissy fit:
“His speech was without thought. It was without reason. It was devoid of facts.
It was devoid of wisdom. There was no gravitas. There was no sanity there.
He was like a child blaming a sibling on something else."
"This evening, joined together with friends, we reaffirm our shared customs, traditions and values. We love our country. We celebrate our troops. We embrace our freedom. We respect our flag. We are proud of our history. We cherish our Constitution, including, by the way, the Second Amendment. We fully protect religious liberty. We believe in law and order. And we support the incredible men and of law enforcement. And we pledge our allegiance to one nation under God."
ABC's Cecilia Vega, who was at the rally, said that "this was incitement, plain and simple." CNN's Ana Navarro said "Trump must have dementia.”
"We all share the same home, the same dreams and the same hopes for a better future. A wound inflicted upon one member of our community is a wound inflicted upon us all...talking about hatred, bigotry and violence. It has no place in America. What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives. No citizen should ever fear for their safety, security in our society, and no child should ever be afraid to go outside and play or be with their parents and have a good time."
“This was a hateful, derisive speech,” blasted MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough.
The Hill noted. “It was a frightening speech.”
"And we will work together so that every citizen is free to follow their dreams and their hearts and to express the love and joy in their souls...They’re trying to take away our history and our heritage,” Trump says, adding that “the only people giving a platform to these hate groups are the media and fake news.”
He is talking about the way the press romanticizes leftists who want to tear down anything associated with the defeated confederacy, with slavery that was abolished over 150 years ago. About the media that constantly derides the traditional family, the electoral college, and the second ammendment, that hammers our police and service members as militarists and bigots. He is pointing out how the press has adopted the angry leftist 'white privilege' narrative as 'accepted science' just as they have done with global warming. He is confronting the whole notion that the press has forgotten to do its due diligence, and simply acquiesced to political correctness.
And as usual, Trump is right.
David French of the National Review noted that many of the Antifa and BLM leaders are known communist and black separatist radicals, many with long histories of political activism, violence and even criminal enterprise, but, "You’d never know this from coverage by mainstream media. The networks consistently elevate Black Lives Matter spokespeople without even hinting at their radical views — allowing them to draw adherents by the millions and granting them one of our culture’s largest megaphones."
Despite all the harsh news treatment, Trump has not lost his base and according to some surveys, may even be attracting new supporters, like many middle-Americans who are increasingly frustrated by how the ever-present media is hijacking the nation's future by promoting violence, mayhem, and inflammatory rhetoric. They are increasingly angry that the MSM uses their forum to promote their own 'social justice' agenda while directing attention away from critical issues like worldwide terror, healthcare, tax, infrastructure and immigration reform.