Saturday, November 5, 2016

“Conservative” media needs to stop acting like Obama’s journopuppets for Trump

Look, I get it. You want Trump to win. You’re a journalist for a “conservative” media outlet and you want to paint Donald Trump in the best light possible. Stick to the facts. Paint a proper picture. With Hillary Clinton on the other side, you don’t need to paint him as a superhuman, fearless avatar of strength. We’ve already seen eight years of that with Barack Obama’s crony media.

The headline below appears on a Trumpyte publication, Lifezette, operated by Laura Ingraham. For the record, I’m not a Trump supporter. I believe in conservative principles, most of which Mr. Trump fails to appreciate or support. Still, he’s the GOP nominee and the alternative is horrendous, so I can appreciate those who want him to win because he’s a better option. I don’t completely disagree, but this headline is over the top.

Trump Yellow Journalism

No, he didn’t stare down a threat. If you watch the video, he’s looking out into the crowd to see what the commotion is, just as he’s done dozens of times when protesters hit his campaign events. Thankfully, he didn’t say something stupid this time that could have gotten someone in the audience hurt. When the Secret Service agent first came over, Trump did not stare defiantly. He reacted a little slowly, not because he was triumphantly staring down the threat but because he’s a 70-year-old man who’s slow to react to threats. Once he realized he needed to move, he followed his escort appropriately to the pre-determined spot backstage (most likely in an armored vehicle waiting outside for him) and awaited further instructions.

This wasn’t bad. He did exactly as he should whether he’s a candidate or the President. Painting this as anything other than an appropriate response to a potential threat is yellow journalism at it’s finest.

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