Chris Wallace, in my mind, is one of the few journalists today who embody the oft-neglected pledge of Fox News to be “fair and balanced” in reporting. Because he is fair and balanced, and because he is widely respected among his peers, it’s worth the time to hear what he has to say about the relationship between President Trump and the media.
President Trump, Wallace points out, “is engaged in the most direct, sustained assault on the free press in our history.” I don’t think this can be much contested. Trump’s regular complaints about the media, especially in his tweets, are an attempt to discredit the media and, thereby, discredit any effort by the media to act as a check on the Trump administration’s attempt to control the terms of the discussion on important national matters. When Trump tweets that the press is “the enemy of the American people!” it’s difficult to conclude other than that Trump is trying to portray himself as the savior of America and the press as the dark villain hoping to thwart his goal to “Make America Great Again!” Never mind that a free press is part of what makes America a great nation in the first place. No, in Trump’s mind and, he hopes, in the minds of his supporters, those in the press are nothing more than the hapless enemies of the greatest country on earth, intent on destroying that greatness (translation: “They don’t like my agenda, so they’re out to get me!”).
Sadly, and to follow Wallace’s second point, those in the media too often make an easy job of Trump’s efforts to discredit them. It’s no shocker that the press opposed Trump’s campaign and came out consistently and loudly for Clinton in the 2016 race. Since then, there has been an equally direct and sustained assault on Trump, his family, his cabinet, and his agenda by the media, to the point where even snopes.com, hardly a bastion of right-wing politics, published an entire report on the lies and misrepresentations about Trump and his agenda told by the media, everything from Trump wanting to shut down Meals on Wheels, to his demand that Crayola drop their “dandelion” color from their stock of crayons. I think Trump’s surprise victory over Clinton is at the root of the media’s disdain for Trump and those who support him. They simply did not expect that their voice — the one so loudly advocating for Clinton — would carry so little weight when it came down to how people voted.
Most, I think, would agree that it’s getting more and more difficult to get to the bottom of things when it comes to what’s going on in Washington and how Trump’s efforts are undermining or building on the values and virtues of our Founders and their remarkable document, the U. S. Constitution. Neither Trump nor the media are serving the people well, at least when it comes to their on-going feud. Who to believe? What to believe? These are not easily answered questions at this time.
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