Sad. I’ve worked with John at the White House and admired his hosting on CNN. Thought he was an honest, objective newsman.
Too bad he lets himself become just another partisan Democrat certain their opinions are facts. I guess he’s been co-opted into the poisonous liberal culture at CNN, which pretends to play it straight, but which has become as bad as MSNBC.
Which makes it worse than MSNBC, which at least doesn’t pretend.
Legendary reporter Bob Woodward says CNN’s lawsuit to reinstate Jim Acosta’s press pass is a bad idea, suggesting it only helps Trump, according to remarks reported by NBC News media reporter Dylan Byers on his Twitter feed.
“This is a negative … Trump is sitting around saying, ‘This is great,’” Woodward said at the Global Financial Leadership Conference in Florida. The lawsuit amounts to taking Trump’s bait, Woodward said, and the “remedy” isn’t a lawsuit, but “more serious reporting about what he’s doing.”
I have to think Woodward is not just opposed to the lawsuit because it helps Trump, but that rather he is appalled by the kind of journalism Acosta does. He also noted: “In the news media there has been an emotional reaction to Trump … too many people for Trump or against Trump have become emotionally unhinged about this.”
To someone like Woodward, an old school reporter who methodically assembles scoops and important news stories and books, the pure angry editorializing of the press when it comes to Trump is an anathema. The press has discredited itself by abandoning not just objectivity – or at least, the attempt at objectivity – but to have efffectively throw itself in with the Resistance instead of trying to check their emotions and stick to the facts.
Yes, you read that correctly. CNN’s Alisyn Camerota didn’t get to all of his accomplishments – and some, like withdrawing from the Paris climate accords, she might think aren’t accomplishments at all – but she did list a few.
A new strategy for a network that badly lags MSNBC and Fox? A new commitment to journalism instead of incessant Trump bashing? To cite the name of a CNN show, a “New Day”?
Last night, CNN’s Erin Burnett said Trump would go down as a “great president” if he solved the North Korea crisis.
This is probably not a new approach by the network, but I can’t help thinking maybe it is – I’m an optimist by nature. CNN has smart people, and if they could only work a little bit to keep their bias in check, it might not be such a bad network. I love watching Fox, but I frankly get a little tired sometimes of all the cheerleading. It would be nice to have another option on occasion.
What this CNN Panel doesn’t get is that this is exactly what Donald Trump was elected to do. Speak politically incorrect truths and take politically incorrect actions to change the culture in Washington and alter the direction of the country.
Here’s the terrible thing Trump said during remarks in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Wednesday night:
Somebody said, “Why did you appoint a rich person to be in charge of the economy?” No it’s true. And Wilbur’s a very rich person in charge of commerce . . . We can’t have the world taking advantage of us anymore. And I love all people, rich or poor, but in those particular positions, I just don’t want a poor person. Does that make sense?
Oh the outrage! Putting people in charge of figuring out how to make America wealthy who have already figured out how to make themselves wealthy. How illogical!
But of course, if you express a reality that doesn’t treat everyone equally, that doesn’t assume the false premise that we’re all exactly the same deep down inside, then you’ve sinned against mankind. And deeply upset CNN.
Note how Cuomo repeatedly expresses disbelief that people in Trump’s audience are actually applauding the president’s line that he doesn’t want poor people running the economy.
It’s just another example about how average voters are so much smarter than the people on TV who are lecturing them. They get why they’re applauding. They want people who know what they’re doing in charge. And they’re not snowflakes who think Trump is insulting them, nor are they warped with the distorting thinking of limousine liberals who can afford to create their own reality instead of confront one that wil pay the bills.
Listen, I’ve proven many times that I don’t know how to make lots of money. Mr. President, if Wilbur Ross ever resigns as Secretary of Commerce, please, please please, don’t appoint me to the position.
And BTW, who was Barack Obama’s Secretary of Commerce his entire second term? Penny Pritzker, a billionaire from Chicago.