Many in the “mainstream” media act like they are members of an exclusive club that protects and covers for its members no matter what.
High-profile journalists, along with the GOP establishment, have decided real estate mogul Donald Trump is a populist vulgarian who needs to be removed from the scene.
For two months, left-leaning Washington, D.C., journalists and sullen commentators, whose only connection to the heartland occurs at 40,000 feet when they are flying over it, dismissed Trump as a comical boob popular with Neanderthal haters who would soon go back to cheering their favorite NASCAR driver.
Reporters thought Trump was the next Sen. George Allen — a man from Virginia on the cusp of that moment where a campaign falls apart over one politically incorrect line. They have been alternatively predicting Trump’s demise, or trying to put his head on their trophy wall.
The Huffington Post even snooted in mid-July that it would exile coverage of Trump to the entertainment section.
In a message to readers pompously titled, “A Note About Our Coverage Of Donald Trump’s “Campaign,“ HuffPost Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim and editorial director Danny Shea informed readers: “Trump’s campaign is a sideshow. We won’t take the bait. If you are interested in what The Donald has to say, you’ll find it next to our stories on the Kardashians and The Bachelorette.”
Grim and Shea are now trying to decide if they want the egg on their face fried or scrambled.
Trump has not just proven the media wrong. He is personally steamrolling individuals who showboat by attacking him or who aren’t on their game. To the reporters hunting Trump’s scalp, the famous line from Rambo now applies: “We’re not hunting him, he’s hunting us!”
Univision anchor Jorge Ramos took his turn at Trump hunting at a new conference Tuesday night in Dubuque, Iowa, but accidentally shot himself in the foot. Ramos, whose daughter went to work for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, was exposed as an annoying activist with an agenda, to the delight of Trump supporters. Trump at first dismissed him as he barked opinions out of turn — then brought him back to listen to his rudely delivered “questions.”
Trump deserves recognition for enforcing decorum while at the same time not dodging the questions. Trump is unafraid. At a time when most politicians tiptoe around hot-button issues, his approach is refreshing even to those who disagree with him.
Can anyone imagine any of the other Republican hopefuls daring to dismiss a Latino reporter?
MSNBC reporter Katy Tur was famously bamboozled as Trump turned the tables on her during an in-studio interview.
“Don’t be naive. You’re a very naive person,” Trump said after she questioned his assertions about crime committed by illegal immigrants.
“The Pew Research says . . . ” she stammered, before losing her train of thought.
“Come on, try getting it out,” Trump taunted. “Try getting it out.”
“Good Morning America” reporter Tom Llamas attempted to tell Trump that the term “anchor babies” was “offensive.”
“You mean it’s not politically correct and yet everybody uses it?” Trump reasoned.
“Look it up in the dictionary! It’s offensive!”
Trump asked him what he should say instead. “The American-born child of an undocumented immigrant,” Llamas responded.
“You want me to say that? OK. I’ll use the word anchor baby,” Trump said. “Excuse me, I’ll use the word anchor baby.”
Mainstream journalists will have to deal with the unprecedented inconvenience of dealing with a politician in a presidential campaign who doesn’t care what they think.
And the Huffington Post may just have to decide in 2017 whether it will be sending its entertainment reporters to cover the White House.
This piece originally appeared in LifeZette.