It wasn’t a press conference – it was a kinky dungeon session where masochistic journalists eagerly sought out the delicious pain Master T was dealing. Hack after hack stepped up, tried to play “gotcha.” and ended up whimpering in the fetal position. The best part was CNN’s Jim Acosta, fresh from whining about how conservative outlets now get to ask questions too, basically handing Trump the cat-o-nine tails. Dude, next time keep from talking yourself into more public humiliation by biting down on the ball gag.
The media’s safe word is “Objectivity,” but none of them uttered it.
The wonderful thing about Trump – and the thing that sets the Fredocons and wusspublicans fussing – is that he gives exactly zero damns about the media’s inflated and ridiculous self-image. He doesn’t pay lip service to their lie that they are anything but what Instapundit calls “Democratic Party operatives with bylines.” Trump called them the “the enemy of the American People,” to which normals responded with “Yeah, sounds about right.”
The press conference provided a great excuse for one of the media’s periodic freakouts about pretend oppression. After all, the best press is Threatened by Fascism Press, where the pampered members of the Fourth Estate get to play the heroic resistance to huge, shadowy forces intent on stilling their voices and suppressing truth and justice. Except the media might come off as a bit more sincere about freedom of speech if it spared even a fraction of its ostentatious current concern for itself for the conservatives being silenced and beaten at Berkeley while the police stood back, under orders to let it happen. Oh, and it would be more convincing if the media did not eagerly support overturning a Supreme Court ruling that said that the government could not stop people from showing a movie critical of Hillary Clinton. I’m not saying my novel People’s Republic’s depiction of a lapdog press serving the liberal fascist elite in post-secession blue America represents the media’s desired end-state, but all the evidence supports that the media’s desired end-state is totally to serve as the lapdog of a liberal fascist elite in a post-secession blue America.
Except, according to the AP, the National Guard is busy preparing to be unleashed upon the photogenic honor student dreamers who the press tells us make up the undocumented friend community – when they aren’t murdering us or voting, which our ink-stained guardians assure us totally never ever happens, and Trump lies, plus you’re a racist. Another day, another example of Fake News. My favorite part of this particular press foot-shoot was getting lectured on the intricacies of the Posse Comitatus Act by 25-year old media savants whose military experience consists of pestering their dorm mates about Call of Duty’s cartoon guns being phallocentric and how the game is insufficiently welcoming to the trans perspective.
It’s all so pathetic, and the clichés are so hackneyed. As always, there was the “Will You Denounce X?” Guy, rolling out the usual demand that Trump “denounce” some misbehavior he has nothing to do with in what everyone who isn’t an utter moron or in Congress sees as a cheesy ploy to associate the innocent respondent with said misbehavior. The day after Israel’s leader rhapsodized about Trump’s friendship for the Jewish people, Trump’s somehow obligated to concede the implicit charge that he’s secretly ant-Semitic? It’s stupid, it’s a lie, and it’s wonderful that Trump refused to play along with this tired, hack tactic.
But wait, what about Trump’s bathrobe? Better flood the zone, stat!
Now, the media could try something new, like being objective and covering issues people care about. It could stop making every single question some sort of gotcha ploy designed to generate a viral clip. Normals tire of these antics; they want information that affects their lives. How about a question like “Mr. President, the market is up 10 percent since the election. Where do you expect it to go from here and why?” That’s not a softball question just because it recognizes that Trump has a success; it seeks information that every American with an IRA or 401(k) wants to know. Sexy? No. Useful? Yes. Oh, and it also totally undercut’s Trump’s ability to make the question about the press – I actually wonder how he would respond to a non-hostile, reasonable question because, outside of Katie Pavlich, I‘ve never seen him asked one.
But the media won’t learn, which is why it needs to die and be reborn as something that isn’t the hacky lackey of one of the political parties. Until then, the mainstream media will just keep on begging “Thank you Mr. President, may I have another?” and Trump will happily keep on delivering.