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Could the media’s treatment of Donald Trump mean the loss of journalistic objectivity?
By Samuel Krueger
This past February, I sat expectantly at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center waiting for President Trump to address myself and thousands of other young conservatives. I had waited in line for well over an hour, skipped breakfast and coffee, and essentially had to go through a makeshift airport security line in order to go to the bathroom – but I didn’t care. I was going to see Donald J. Trump for his first address to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) as president.
Security had been tight for the past day or so as they prepared for his arrival. Newbies to the presidential and vice presidential security detail like myself were so thrown off by the hustle and bustle that we barely noticed conservative stars like Sean Hannity, Charlie Kirk or the assorted governor or congressman, when they brushed by us in the hallways.
But even with all of the distractions of that weekend, one very disturbing thing stood out to me. In fact, this thing changed me from a reluctant and wary supporter of Donald Trump to a fairly avid one.
I am, of course, talking about the media’s treatment of the president.
As I waited in the conference room I watched as a man with press credentials handed out Russian flags with “Trump” written across them in bold letters. I told as many people as possible to grab one. I was witnessing fake news in the making and had to be a part of it. I had to see for myself if what President Trump was saying was true. The man handing them out was a Huffington Post employee. We know this because the same day an article was written condemning the flag waving and then when social media started going off about the fake news, the Huffington Post quickly wrote another article trying to justify their actions.
I cannot defend some of the things that Trump says, especially on his Twitter, but I can appreciate how he operates. Samuel Krueger
This was not the only indescretion of the media that happened that day. I sat to President Trump’s right, near one of the cordoned off press areas. As he spoke, I could hear reporters saying the most horrible things about the President. Most of the things they said I am unable to repeat in pleasant company.
That is not objective media.
It was not until that speech that I fully realized how President Trump was under assault by the media. I cannot defend some of the things that Trump says, especially on his Twitter, but I can appreciate how he operates. During his speeches, you feel a though he is speaking directly to you. He uses his social media in the same way.
After 8 years of Obama, the American people have become so desensitized to a big, overbearing government that an executive who circumvents the media in order to be truly transparent is seen as unpresidential. We have learned to be okay with being kept in the dark.
The media has always played an important role in American public life and I believe that someday it will continue to do so. However, until that time comes, the American people have lost faith in the media after so many constant indiscretions. CNN bares a treasure trove of examples. Just recently three employees resigned after fabricating a Trump connection with Russia.
Other examples of stories about the president being pulled due to inaccurate and misleading headlines seem to be a weekly occurrence. Of course, this is just the edge of the slippery slope that began during the Bush years, as left-leaning media moguls began to oppose the war in Iraq.
During the Obama Years, Independents have lost a significant amount of trust in the mainstream media, the school and medium of communication for rampant progressivism.
One thing that I learned about the mainstream media is that they always bet against Donald Trump. Samuel Krueger
This is bad news for the Democratic party.
Most Americans will admit that the most popular media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC etc, have left leaning tendencies. But now many Americans believe that those tendencies are creeping into journalism as a practice.
Only time will tell how Trump’s presidency will play out. Like many Americans, I am reluctant to accept the media’s narrative and tales of impending doom. One thing that I learned about the mainstream media is that they always bet against Donald Trump. But If I have learned anything over the past year and a half, it’s that you don’t bet against Donald Trump.