If sanctions are to be imposed on Russia for interfering in the U.S. presidential election, shouldn't the mainstream media also face penalties considering its unrelenting negative coverage of presidential candidate and winner Donald Trump?
As the headline above metaphorically suggests, it is readily apparent that nothing the President-elect says or does will be acceptable in most hostile media precincts, which is functioning as an opposition party rather than news gatherers and disseminators. Law professor Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit often refers to the American press as Democrat operatives with bylines.
No one knows if President-elect Donald Trump will "Make American Great Again" through his ambitious America-first agenda given opposition from what has come to be called the "uni-party," i.e., the status quo, globalist Democrats and Republicans, as well as so-called deep state federal bureaucrats, who may have been responsible for leaking the Russian dossier hoax/fake news to BuzzFeed.
A Washington Post columnist described Trump, a former Democrat and independent who ran for president as a Republican, as the nation's first independent president and who "staged a hostile takeover of an existing major party."
With some big employers already announcing job expansion in America even before Trump takes the oath on Friday, however, the Trump pre-administration appears to be off to a good start.
When discussing all-time stock market highs during the Trump transition, which presumably is good news for everyone, though, one journalist complained that the economy could get too overheated, whatever that means.
As someone recently observed, for the first 7-1/2 years of the Obama administration as the media sees it, everything was predecessor George W. Bush's fault. For the last six months, it was Trump's fault. Plus, Big Social suppressed or shadow-banned information that was unfavorable to Hillary Clinton.
As things unfold, whether you like him or not, Trump will make some good decisions, some bad ones, let loose with some off-the-wall remarks, and get into more feuds with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and others. His populist platform, if implemented, appears to benefit most day-to-day Americans, however.
No office-holder is above criticism, and stuff will happen in the Trump administration that deserves close scrutiny if not condemnation. When it comes to the former New York real estate mogul and Celebrity Apprentice host, during the campaign and in the transition, the media has already proven that it will interpret every benchmark, and run with every miscue, real or imagined, in the worst possible light.
The nature of politics is that it always disappoints, however, and contains a lot of smoke and mirrors, which is perhaps the best argument for the smallest government possible, no matter who is in office.
Again, the naysaying mainstream (or fake-stream as some have called it) media – the same news organizations revealed by WikiLeaks to have been shamelessly colluding with the Hillary Clinton campaign -- will find fault and stay on the anti-Trump attack. In so doing, the journalism industry will have little or no credibility in the context of legitimate Trump criticism.
This is the same media that fawned over Obama for eight years (including lobbing extreme softballs at his farewell press conference on Wednesday), ignored scandals, gullibly accepted virtually every White House pronouncement at face value, and tried to orchestrate a Hillary Clinton presidency. The media also brushed off the administration's war on whistleblowers or freedom of information as well as spying on their news organization colleagues in some instances.
Recall that the media accused the Bush administration of assaulting civil liberties and shredding the constitution, but had virtually nothing to say when Obama bypassed Congress with executive orders. As the Trump administration takes office with an associated rollout of executive order reversals, the media will insist that Trump "follow the law," given its new-found respect for constitutional principles (except for the Electoral College, that is).