During the campaign, Donald Trump promised voters that “(w)e’re going to win so much. You’re going to get tired of winning. you’re going to say, ‘Please Mr. President, I have a headache. Please, don’t win so much. This is getting terrible.’ And I’m going to say, ‘No, we have to make America great again.’ You’re gonna say, ‘Please.’ I said, ‘Nope, nope. We’re gonna keep winning.’”
He isn’t sick of winning yet, and I don’t sense any sickness from his supporters, either. The media, however, is pretty sick of it.
That’s at least the takeaway from this week, when the media decided to opt out of the news that the five most wanted Islamic State officials have been captured after a mission in Iraq and 40 other leaders with the terror group were killed in an airstrike.
Yet, what did the media say? Not very much, according to Newsbusters.
There was one morning show that addressed the arrests: “CBS This Morning.”
“Five senior ISIS leaders have been captured in a joint mission involving Iraqi and U.S. backed Syrian-backed forces,” Gayle King’s report Friday stated. “Their confessions were broadcast on Iraqi state television.”
That’s pretty big news, at least from where I’m sitting. Yet, even CBS devoted far more time (two minutes and 27 seconds) to reports that President Donald Trump yelled at DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen so ferociously that she almost quit. Only 43 seconds was spent on the Islamic State group arrests.
At least CBS covered it. That can’t be said for “Good Morning America” on ABC or “Today” on NBC.
Both shows skipped out on covering the Iraq raid, but covered the Nielsen story. On ABC, one minute and four seconds were given over to speculation about the president’s alleged tirade. It only rated 37 seconds on NBC.
Yet, this was — in the parlance of our president — yuge. Big-league, even. According to The New York Times, who broke the story, it involved a three-month operation tracking the five leaders, who had gone underground in Syria and Turkey.
“Two Iraqi intelligence officials said those captured included four Iraqis and one Syrian whose responsibilities included governing the Islamic State’s territory around Deir al-Zour, Syria, directing internal security and running the administrative body that oversees religious rulings,” The Times reported.
“Iraq’s external intelligence agency published a statement confirming the arrests, but did not mention any details of the role played by the Americans or the Turks. The two Iraqi intelligence officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details that had not been made public.”
It was kind of sadly predictable, however, that even The Times — the people who broke the story, mind you — would have a longer piece on the Nielsen kerfuffle.
Look, I totally understand if you’re a legacy media outlet and you want to report stories on the squabbles in the Trump administration. It makes for juicy reading/viewing. However, if you want to earn your outrage whenever the president decides to call you “fake news,” you probably should be reporting the actual news — like a major victory in the war on terror — as opposed to just the gossip.
I guess they must be tired of winning.
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