Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Trump Attacks the Press

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Donald Trump is now the GOP nominee, so he should expect greater scrutiny from the news media. But Toupee-nator doesn't know how the news media works, and that makes him upset. He wants praise and thanks. All the time. If you don't have something good to say about Trump, you are a sleazy loser. Sad.

Trump was ticked-off that the media wanted to ask him questions about "millions" he supposedly raised for veterans, when there was no proof the vets received the money. God forbid the press should ask questions!

For a year, the news media laughed at Trump and fawned over him for ratings. In return, he kept reporters penned up in a sort of corral behind at fence at most of his events. Now he feels hurt that they are asking him hard questions, so he treats them just like one of his toadies such as the pitiful Chris Christie, calling them names and slamming them for doing their jobs. But unlike Christy, the media doesn't work for Trump, even though it has seemed that way to the public. Maybe this press conference marks the day the media woke up and turned against their grumbly cash cow.

From Paul Waldman on Washington Post:
“The press should be ashamed of themselves,” he said. Reporters “are not good people,” he said. “The political press is among the most dishonest people that I’ve ever met,” he said. “The press is so dishonest and so unfair,” he said, without identifying a single thing anyone in the media said on this topic that wasn’t true. When ABC News reporter Tom Llamas asked Trump about his well-known penchant for exaggeration, Trump said, “What I don’t want is when I raise millions of dollars, have people say, like this sleazy guy right over here from ABC. He’s a sleaze in my book.” When Llamas asked why, Trump responded, “You’re a sleaze because you know the facts and you know the facts well.” And this may have been the most revealing part:
“Instead of being like, ‘Thank you very much, Mr. Trump’ or ‘Trump did a good job,’ everyone’s saying ‘Who got it, who got it, who got it,’ and you make me look very bad. I have never received such bad publicity for doing such a good job.”
He actually believes that it’s the job of political reporters covering a presidential candidate to write “Thank you very much, Mr. Trump.” It’s not the press’ job to discover the truth or ask questions or hold the powerful accountable; their job is to promote him and compliment him. And when he doesn’t get the glowing coverage he wants, he attacks.

From CNN
The billionaire had called the news conference to announce an accounting of his at least $5.6 million in fundraising for veterans groups, but spent most of the 40 minutes criticizing and insulting reporters -- collectively and at times individually -- as "dishonest," "not good people," sleazy, and among the worst human beings he has ever met.
And he vowed the White House briefing room would be just as combative as the Trump Tower lobby, where the developer addressed reporters Tuesday, should he ascend to the Oval Office.
"Yeah, it is going to be like this," Trump said when asked if this is how he would behave with the press as president. "You think I'm gonna change? I'm not gonna change."

"I think we're seeing a man-child
throwing a temper tantrum."

~ Jon Favreau on MSNBC's Last Word

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