As I have said many times during the campaign and the early days of the Trump administration, it is almost unfathomable how the cards have been stacked against him. I guess the ultimate sin for a Republican is to say, “I am pro America” and then actually try to do something about it. I very much hope that every Trump political initiative is successful. But if he is it will be the equivalent of Zanzibar going to war with the United States and winning.
Let’s take a brief look at the press reports on Mr. Trump since becoming president. A mere 3 percent of reports that aired on NBC and CBS nightly news were positive, according to analysis by the nonpartisan press research firm Media Tenor.
[Source: Only 3% of NBC and CBS Reports Depict Trump Positively, by Andrew Follett]
Not only were a paltry 3% of stories positive, but the report documented that fully 43 percent of stories on NBC and CBS about Trump were frankly negative. The watchdog group watched 370 news stories about Trump between Jan. 20 and Feb. 17 of this year. Is this onslaught working for the left wing press? It appears not. Roughly 51 percent of Americans thought the press was too critical of the new president, according to a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll published earlier this week. Nonetheless, I don’t see these news outlets changing their approach any time in the future.
[Source: Flashback: That Time When Pelosi Said Town Hall Protests Were Un-American Because Democrats Were Targeted, by Matt Vespa]
The Democrat Party is even more virulent in their opposition to the new president. Not unexpectedly, their leaders are two-faced in their criticisms.
For example, in Nancy Pelosi’s world, town hall protests are “un-American” only if they’re against liberal policies. (“Un-American” is right up there in the lexicon of favorite Democrat words, only exceeded by “racist.”) If conservatives are in the crosshairs, it’s a patriotic exercise. That can be the only explanation for this bout of amnesia.
When conservatives were voicing their outrage over Obamacare in 2009, Pelosi and Rep. Steny Hoyet called these antics “un-American.” Let’s circle back to their 2009 op-ed in USA Today:
“… It is now evident that an ugly campaign is underway not merely to misrepresent the health insurance reform legislation, but to disrupt public meetings and prevent members of Congress and constituents from conducting a civil dialogue… These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views — but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American. Drowning out the facts is how we failed at this task for decades… People must be allowed to learn the facts.”