Reports are that the heads of the major network news organizations went into a meeting with President-Elect Donald Trump yesterday expecting the usual; they would tell the Republican president-elect the terms they demanded for White Coverage and he would acquiesce to them. It did not turn out that way.
“Trump started with [CNN chief] Jeff Zucker and said ‘I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed,’”
“The meeting was a total disaster. The TV execs and anchors went in there thinking they would be discussing the access they would get to the Trump administration, but instead they got a Trump-style dressing down,”
Trump did the right thing. Yes, the media are a bunch of arrogant, partisan liars. They know Steve Bannon isn’t a Nazi, and they know Jeff Sessions isn’t a racist; but they promote exactly that Narrative because that’s the Narrative the Democrat Party wants to put out.
The press is not interested in merely informing the public of the facts and events of the day. They find that work tedious and beneath them. Members of the press see themselves as a sort of Priesthood, with a mission to guide the putrid masses toward a better, fairer, more enlightened world. Mere facts do not lend themselves to that mission; so the priesthood promotes a mix of fables and myths that make up The Narrative. For example; the public must be made to believe that White Racist Cops Gun Down Innocent Black Honor Students Every Day in order to nudge the world toward racial harmony and enlightenment. The public must be made to believe that
Global Warming Climate Change is the most harrowing threat humanity has ever faced and that it is totally worth giving up our freedom and prosperity to prevent it because this moves the world toward Ecotopia. The public must be made to believe that all Republicans are closet Nazis (or the current code-word “White Nationalists”) so that the Democrats can advance the Agenda supported by The Narrative.
The strategy of every Republican, heretofore, has been to attempt to placate and appease the press. “Maybe if they see that we’re really nice guys, they’ll give us a fair shake.” How well did that work out for you George W Bush? How about you, President McCain?
And Donald Trump just said, “To Hell with that.” He recognizes that the Press are his adversaries; and he treats them as such.