Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Trump taunts media as mutual disgust reaches new depths


A number of people on my Twitter feed agree with Trump and Trotter that reporters are peppering the president with “gotcha” questions. These are usually along the lines of “you said X and now you’re doing Y.” But every politician faces gotcha questions--some fair, some unfair--and finessing them is part of the job. I don’t recall Trump supporters demanding that reporters be positive when Barack Obama or Bill Clinton was grappling with difficulties.
In such a polarized country, somewhere around half the public is going to cheer Trump’s evisceration of the press, and somewhere around half is going to applaud the journalistic denunciations of the president. But right now people are dying. We’re facing what Trump’s surgeon general called a Pearl Harbor moment. And yet the two sides keep carpet-bombing each other.


  1. Garnel IronheartApril 7, 2020 at 5:24 PM

    Both Trump and his opponents are incapable of overcoming the urge to use any opportunity to score points. Trump is certainly guilty of this. He is clearly clueless as to the magnitude of the situation and until he himself tests positive and is whisked away to isolation he will continue to make his ridiculous claims.
    But the press isn't doing itself any favours. One almost gets the impression they want Trump to fail and for this virus to kill huge numbers of Americans so that they can say "Ha! It's all his fault!" Somewhere along the line these reporters have to realize "Hey, this man-child can be manipulated through praise. Let's give him credit for doing the right things, even if he didn't do them, in the hopes that he'll change course and do them now." But they're also not mature enough to do that.

  2. We must wipe out opposition to Donald Trump. And we must wipe out the virus.

    We fight the virus on many fronts: social distancing, hopital care, vaccines.

    We fight political opposition by exercising free speech and denouncing any negative coverage of the President.

    We must not become weary. The battle is long and arduous.

  3. Way to sanctify God's name, Mr. Robot.

    Virus: A vicious form of matter that is not alive but when housed in a suitable host replicates to the detriment of the host's life. A form of illness.

    Trump supporter: Someone who emotes strong feelings as if he were thoughtful and lives to see those feelings reinforced and mirrored back, to the detriment of the capacity for thought itself. A form of mania.

  4. yes if he isn't praised enough people will die! and you suggest pointing this out is wrong?

  5. Kalonymus HaQatanApril 7, 2020 at 11:53 PM

    you are drawing an inference from minor to major

  6. Inductive proof works, just differently. Dialectic, not analytic.


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