The Death of the Media

Melanie and Melania Trump

We point out, constantly it seems, that our national media is a disgrace. While Prznint Stupid screams FAKE NEWS at every chance he gets, the Villagers go ever further to enable them, discard hard news stories (oh, like Puerto Rico having 4,000+ deaths, which is more deaths than Katrina and 9-11 and that the island still does not have electricity restored) and instead focus on really unimportant gossip.

To wit, here is the beginning of CNN’s Reliable Sources newsletter by Brian Stelter:

Melania Trump did not travel to Camp David with President Trump over the weekend. She has been out of sight for 24 days. And this mystery is poised to get a lot more media attention in the coming days. Why? Because as CNN’s Kate Bennett reported Sunday evening, “the first lady will not be traveling to the G7 summit this year or join the President when he goes to Singapore for the planned June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.”

BUT: She is “expected to attend a White House event on Monday evening to honor Gold Star families…”

BUT BUT: The event is closed to the press, so Monday evening may not resolve the mystery / concern / speculation…

This story is a “talker”

Lemme fend off some of the criticism I’ve already seen on social media: No, this is probably not the most “important” story involving the Trumps right now. But it’s a “talker” in a way that policy debates and ethics scandals and abuse of power allegations are typically not. People are genuinely curious about this and concerned about her…

–> At the same time, as I said on Sunday’s “Reliable Sources,” I think there’s a risk of some liberals falling into a conspiracy theory trap here by assuming the worst about what’s going on. We need less speculating, more reporting…

Reality check from Lynn Sweet

“First ladies get media coverage, I don’t care what your political ideology is,” Chicago Sun Times DC bureau chief Lynn Sweet told me on CNN. “When a first lady disappears from the public… after being in a hospital… of course reporters are going to raise questions. It’s not hostile…”

 >> Sweet added: “If she’s doing stuff in the White House, [why] isn’t there a picture?”

 >> The counterargument to that: FLOTUS is intensely private… As Yashar Ali tweeted: “People close to her have often told me of how stubborn she can be about things like this. A simple statement could end speculation, but she refuses to give in…

So you tell me which story Republicans want covered more: the absolute failure of hurricane Maria recovery and the related death toll OR where in the world is Melancholy Trump?

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11 Responses to The Death of the Media

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  2. roket says:

    Isn’t that sweet? They’re concerned that liberals might fall into a conspiracy theory trap here. Meanwhile, they will continue to report conservative conspiracy theories as fact. This is good news for Elvis.

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  3. RWW says:

    You don’t have to believe in any kind of conspiracy theory to conclude the following: 1) the administration lies about everything. 2) if Melania could be put on live TV praising Comrade Stupid, she already would have been. 3) the media covers the administration as a reality show production rather than the criminal cabal that it demonstrably is.

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    • Osirisopto says:

      It takes time to recover from an abortion. They’re really hard on people and she deserves to take the time she needs to get her head straight, again.

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  4. MDavis says:

    Best reporter was the kid, the student reporter. I guess he know he had one shot.

    Reporter asks Trump “Where’s Melania?” Trump responds by pointing to a (random) window of the White House and saying “she’s looking at us right there, in that window.” Reporters turn and look, see nothing. Trump: “Ha, ha, made you look, now come here and let me give you a wet willie”

    Reporters ask Trump “What about Puerto Rico?” Trump replies “It’s a witch hunt. Didn’t you get my coded message about 13 democrats investigating me? 13? Doesn’t that number mean anything any more? I’ll say it again – 13 … and some others.”

    Student reporter asks Shuckabee Sanders “exactly what measures does this administration propose to stop school shootings?” SHS stops, calls up which is a bit rusty, to be honest (I kid – honest – ha) then talks about motherhood, for some reason, finally brings up the vaguest commentary about protecting our schools because kids should not be afraid in a place they go to every day.

    Question: What do you think SHS was thinking about to make herself appear emotional?

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  5. FelineMama says:

    I am so disgusted & fed up with this whole damn family. Actually, the whole damn administration!

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  6. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    I heard a report that the Harvard figure for Maria deaths is a lowball, and it’s more like 6,000 people dead.

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  7. Pyed says:

    The true number is somewhere along a sliding scale, of which 4,645 casualties represent the low end,

    And since Corporal Bonespur is totally bereft in this area, I’m going to demonstrate how empathy works. If I were Malaria and I had a few days headstart leaving the hospital, I would have grabbed Baron and made a beeline to the nearest international airport and taken the first flight back to Slovenia,

    I don’t care how much of a Bumfuckistan it is, it couldn’t be worse than Trump Towers.

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