Among the many lowlights of President Trump’s first four months in office, we must count his recent “woe is me” graduation address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
Like so much of what this man says, the address was grounded in one enormous Alternative Fact: the victimization of an honest president.
Typically, Trump steered the focus of his remarks to the graduates back at himself, lamenting: “No politician in history … has been treated worse or more unfairly.”
It was a bold, if easily refutable, claim to make. Still, Trump did so “with great surety,” buoyed, no doubt, by statistics showing that news coverage of his nascent presidency has been extraordinarily negative.
But what conclusion we draw from this depends on what propelled the coverage, what determined its negative tone. Was it media bias? Or was it, as legendary TV police sergeant Joe Friday was wont to say, “just the facts, ma’am”?
For the answer, we turn to political pundit Mark Joyella, writing in Forbes magazine.
If your favorite football team gets destroyed by another team, and the local newspaper writes a story about the game, is the resulting news story–which paints an ugly picture of your team’s performance–an example of the newspaper’s bias against your beloved team?
Of course not.
But that’s essentially what some conservative media believe when it comes to coverage of the Trump White House. In their view, since most coverage of Trump is negative, that proves the media is biased against the president. (whole article)
Again, that spot-on assessment comes not from some Trump-bashing, lib-leaning publication, but from that bastion of the Wall Street-cheering Right, Forbes magazine.