The media’s relationship with Donald Trump has long been a contentious one. On one hand, they love covering him (while at the same time hating on him for media overexposure).
On the other hand, they’re pretty much willing to blame him for everything they perceive to be wrong with America.
They pegged him as the symbol of 1980s financial excess.
They made him the scapegoat for every problem they had with reality television. (When some pundit wants to summarily dismiss the president, note how they’ll refer to him as a “former reality TV star.”)
Even now, they hold him liable for killing off the USFL, a short-lived NFL competitor that played in the spring some 35 years ago and had a brief moment in the sun before dissolving in litigation and debt.
And now, the media’s treatment of our 45th president is so obvious that even “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” was able to predict it back in the 1990s.
Take a look:
More or less.
Almost any situation in the last few years can be viewed through this lens. Take the recent government shutdown over border wall funding.
CNBC’s Donny Deutsch was aghast at the fact that he thought Trump was winning the optics of the debate:
“He will absolutely declare an emergency. He’s a reality show producer and he’s producing this. I couldn’t figure out why he went on the air the other night because I knew he wasn’t going to do it then,” Deutsch said on Thursday’s “Morning Joe.”
“He’s like now he gets to say, ‘I went on the air. I asked the people. I went down to the border. I had these meetings.’”
There you go: the “reality show” remark. It’s good to see that they’re not taking sides here. The fact that the optics might favor Trump is so abhorrent to this man he’s throwing a hissy fit on basic cable.
It’s not just that.
There was Jim Acosta at the border, too, explaining how safe it was and how the president’s narrative was wrong — and doing so right in front of a wall.
If they’re “always blaming (Trump) for everything,” at least the president can take some solace in the fact that they’re not particularly good at it.
That’s probably why — then as now — he’s so dismissive of them.
And so are his supporters.
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