There is little question that the predominately liberal mainstream media provided incredibly one-sided coverage of the lengthy partial government shutdown by blaming the situation on President Donald Trump being unreasonable while exonerating Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats of their refusal to negotiate a compromise to end the standoff.
That glaring disparity was revealed when Campus Reform’s Cabot Phillips interviewed a number of students at a Washington D.C.-area university and asked who was to blame for the government shutdown. All of the students said that Trump was to blame for the lengthy shutdown, as he had not offered up any sort of compromise solution … only to find out later just how wrong their initial assumptions of the “facts” actually were.
As an aside, we have covered these Campus Reform videos numerous times in the past, and while many on the right will chastise the ill-informed students on their lack of knowledge about the reality of the world around them, the students are merely uninformed young adults who have had biased narratives drilled into their heads by liberal academia and the liberal media.
Once the students had been informed that President Trump had made several offers of compromise to the Democrats — all of which were flatly rejected by Pelosi and her Democratic Party — their tunes on who was to blame for the longevity of the government shutdown changed dramatically.
As noted, all of the students interviewed in the video blamed Trump for the shutdown. Phillips then asked the students if they thought Democrats should agree to a compromise if Trump were to offer certain concessions, such as protection for the “DACA dreamers” of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, $800 million in humanitarian aid for illicit border crossers and additional funding for immigration judges to clear the backlog of immigration cases.
All of the students said Democrats should accept such an offer and be willing to trade funding for a border wall to do so, even if it would be a “bittersweet” win for the left.
That is when Phillips revealed that President Trump had already made such an offer to Democrats, which was shocking news to all of them as they hadn’t heard this prior to his telling them.
With a laugh, one woman admitted that she hadn’t been aware of the compromise offer. Another young woman, asked if she was surprised by the revelation, replied, “Yeah, like … yeah.” Another pair of young women simply laughed and expressed their disbelief.
A male student admitted his own surprise at the news, while another declared it to be “awesome.” The girl who said such a compromise would be “bittersweet” admitted that she was “pleasantly surprised” to learn the compromise had already been offered.
Finally, Phillips got to the kicker of the whole exercise and asked the students if they thought Democrats should have accepted the compromise deal instead of flatly rejecting it out of hand. All of them said “yes,” Pelosi’s Democrats should have been more open and accepting of the proposed compromise if only to get the government reopened and operational again.
While many of Phillip’s interviews with students are somewhat depressing in regard to the future direction of our nation, this video actually inspired a little bit of hope in that it revealed how the students aren’t complete automaton partisans devoted to the left. They are merely parroting the one-sided information they have heard from the media, their professors and their friends on social media.
That was the message Campus Reform’s Phillips attempted to drive home in an appearance on “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday when he explained, “Many students had said they heard from social media, from professors, from TV that Trump was the one to blame.”
“Much of it has to do with (how) media is covering this situation,” Phillips said when he was asked why the students hadn’t previously heard about the offered compromise.
“It starts in the classroom as well. Students being inundated with these ideas. As much as the Democrats wanted to put this on President Trump, when people look at the facts it’s hard to deny that President Trump did more to end this shutdown and more to compromise than anyone else, especially on the left.”
This video highlights the importance of why we on the right continue to do what we do in the effort to better educate the general public by providing them with the information that the liberal media ignores, and show that, when properly educated about the reality of the world around them, many young people are actually quite reasonable and open-minded about the things going on in our nation.
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