For the record, The Huffington Post should never have been banned from Trump’s press briefing. Unlike The New York Times, The Huffington Post allows a wide range of voices to evaluate American politics. Unlike CNN, HuffPost Live aired a provocative interview with Mike Tyson supporting Trump.
Other media corporations, however, helped elect Trump.
CNN and The New York Times created Trump.
This Frankenstein presidency is the culmination of advertising revenue and free air time, combined with an unhealthy fascination of Trump’s mannerisms and demeanor. More attention is placed upon one Trump Tweet than over 300 civilians killed (under President Obama) from 11 U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria. Whereas Hillary Clinton bent the truth constantly, and endured constant scandal, the press found her to be polished and ready to lead the nation. Clinton was the adult in the room, while Trump was the petulant child who’d never win the White House.
The polls, data, punditry, and prognostications stated categorically that Trump would never win the presidency. After all, virtually every pundit on CNN assured voters Hillary Clinton would win the election. With every editorial and opinion piece in The New York Times endorsing Clinton, and with every CNN panelist laughing at Trump’s bizarre style of communication, the Frankenstein presidency grew stronger.
Donald Trump loves being the antagonist in a media slugfest, in the same manner professional wrestling needs a villain.
Trump is the foil to the overtly disingenuous and deceitful politicians of the world. No doubt, Trump is disingenuous and deceitful, but he doesn’t hide these traits; he’s completely honest with his faults, even proud of them. He won’t deny that he hates his enemies and loves his friends. Everything is either good, bad, or needs to become great again. Rather than focus on policy and report the facts, CNN and The New York Times reveled in their newfound toy. They wanted to bully Trump, the schoolyard bully, but in the process elevated the reality show star. In the end, the media bullies were kicked around by a stronger bully, who knew how to manipulate their hatred of him.
Trump was a cash cow to CNN and The New York Times and as they put their weight behind Clinton, the giants laughed at the orange billionaire with funny hair. The two behemoths incessantly mocked Trump; prodding him to entertain viewers and readership with more Tweets and violent (encouraged by Democratic operatives, as reported by CNN) rallies.
However, there were voices warning the world. When I appeared on CNN International, I stated “If you fear Trump, you better hope Bernie Sanders wins.” When media focused only on Trump’s racism, I appeared on CNN New Day explaining that Hillary Clinton was the embodiment of white privilege. My writing and thoughts, however, were overshadowed by Joan Walsh’s indignation; my countless warnings were “idiotic” to the Clinton loyalist.
Now they have their creation in the White House, and they’re experiencing the repercussions of cheating Bernie Sanders. The New York Times had a great deal to do with undermining Bernie’s campaign, as did CNN to a great extent. The Bernie Sanders political revolution was viewed as unrealistic by the more pragmatic pundits on CNN and journalists at the New York Times.
Their initial goal was to ensure Bernie’s voters would fall in line behind Clinton; their choice for Democratic nominee. Every debate, no matter how well Bernie performed, was won by Madam Secretary in the eyes of mainstream media. Even Donna Brazile feeding Clinton debate questions was overlooked; aside from the fact CNN severed ties with Brazile.
After WikiLeaks revelations showing massive media collusion with Clinton, The Observer’s Michael Sainato wrote a piece titled New York Times Propped Up Clinton, Subverted Sanders. As Sainato points out, “the institution served as an extension of the Clinton campaign.” In addition, CNN extended Clinton’s reach into the living rooms of millions of people, and every nightly show was devoted to why Trump was unfit for the presidency.
I explain in the following H. A. Goodman YouTube segment how The New York Times became a public relations firm for Hillary Clinton:
The New York Times endorsed Hillary Clinton twice and it’s devotion to the Democratic political narrative bolstered Trump’s campaign. Trump’s recent ban is a product of overt cheerleading and collusion with Hillary Clinton. Nothing illustrates this collusion better than an Intercept piece by Glenn Greenwald and Lee Fang titled New Email Leak Reveals Clinton Campaign’s Cozy Press Relationship:
As these internal documents demonstrate, a central component of the Clinton campaign strategy is ensuring that journalists they believe are favorable to Clinton are tasked to report the stories the campaign wants circulated.
At times, Clinton’s campaign staff not only internally drafted the stories they wanted published but even specified what should be quoted “on background” and what should be described as “on the record.”
One January 2015 strategy document — designed to plant stories on Clinton’s decision-making process about whether to run for president — singled out reporter Maggie Haberman, then of Politico, now covering the election for the New York Times, as a “friendly journalist” who has “teed up” stories for them in the past and “never disappointed” them. Nick Merrill, the campaign press secretary, produced the memo, according to the document metadata…
Other documents listed those whom the campaign regarded as their most reliable “surrogates” — such as CNN’s Hilary Rosen and Donna Brazile, as well as Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden — but then also listed operatives whom they believed were either good “progressive helpers” or more potentially friendly media figures who might be worth targeting with messaging. The metadata of the surrogate document shows the file was authored by Jennifer Palmieri, the communications director of the campaign. As The Intercept previously reported, pundits regularly featured on cable news programs were paid by the Clinton campaign without any disclosure when they appeared; several of them are included on this “surrogates” list, including Stephanie Cutter and Maria Cardona.
From television pundits paid by the Clinton campaign to “friendly journalists” and “progressive helpers” writing favorable stories, Trump’s media ban is the equivalent of Frankenstein escaping the mad scientist’s lab. Media’s creation is on the loose, and it’s banning the same people who cheated Bernie and worshipped Hillary Clinton.
In addition, CNN became a media entity obsessed with taking down Trump. Serving as a virtual campaign headquarters for Clinton, the following CNN article highlights its allegiance to the Democratic establishment:
(CNN)Hillary Clinton said Monday that Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, was the most dangerous presidential candidate in the history of the United States.
Clinton, in an interview with CBS News’ Charlie Rose, said Trump has “no self-discipline, no self-control, no sense of history, no understanding of the limits of the kind of power that any president should impose upon himself.”
…In an ABC News poll released this week, 60% of voters said Trump was not qualified to be president, 37% said he was qualified. Clinton had the near inverse of those numbers: 59% said she was qualified, while 39% said she was not.
The template for CNN and others covering Trump was to first quote Hillary Clinton’s hyperbole and then back it up with poll numbers. Trump was “the most dangerous” candidate in history, and instead of covering Clinton’s claim as merely hyperbole or opinion, CNN shows and pundits were centered around this narrative.
Media gave Trump infinitely more coverage than his GOP rivals and the Clinton campaign elevated Trump. CNN President Jeff Zucker eventually regretted giving Trump so much air time, as reported by BuzzFeed:
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts — CNN President Jeff Zucker on Friday said it was a “mistake” to air so many Trump rallies “and let them run” in 2015, giving the candidate an unfettered platform to call Mexicans rapists, support bans on Muslims from entering the US, and overall grow his base, which includes white nationalists.
“If we made any mistake last year, it’s that we probably did put on too many of his campaign rallies in those early months and let them run,” Zucker said at a talk at the Harvard Kennedy School. “Listen, because you never knew what he would say, there was an attraction to put those on air.”
Moderator Lois Romano, from the Washington Post, focused heavily on Trump’s journey to becoming the Republican nominee and CNN’s role in the election coverage.
Zucker said he has “a unique relationship” with Trump — he was president of NBC Entertainment when The Apprentice began airing — but rejected the idea that he helped Trump secure CNN coverage and the Republican nomination. He would not say whether he thought Trump was fit to be president.
He said that when they asked Trump for an interview, he said yes. “We never got that from other Republican candidates,” he said. “Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush went two months without agreeing to do an interview. That’s not Trump’s fault. That’s not CNN’s fault.”
CNN’s “unique” relationship with Trump was only about revenue and ratings. The New York Times did everything possible to voice the Democratic establishment’s narrative, and profited as well in the process. Trump’s media ban eventually brings CNN and The New York Times full circle; their creation no longer wants their free media or template condoning Democratic scandals while investigating Trump’s with vigor.
CNN’s president stated exactly why Trump was created through media, explaining “Listen, because you never knew what he would say, there was an attraction to put those on air.”
Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. For the time being, CNN and The New York Times will have to simply run anti-Trump, pro-Democratic establishment pieces by hearing about Trump’s press briefings.
As for POLITICO, just ask Glenn Thrush (now at The New York Times) why Trump’s media ban is unfair. America’s media Frankenstein has revolted and the mad scientists who mocked and denigrated the president are now crying about a media ban. It’s time to reevaluate how American media allowed itself to be manipulated by both Trump and Clinton. The repercussions of focusing solely on ratings, while at the same time championing a candidate under two FBI criminal probes, resulted in President Trump. Media’s monster has been unleashed, and further collusion with the Democratic establishment from CNN and The New York Times will only make him stronger.