Donald Trump is right. Some of the news reported by the press is fake.
It is not right. It never happened. But deep down he realizes that much of it is accurate and dead on. His problem is the way the media analyzes the news that it gathers. He also does not like that the press ignores much of the good news coming out of the White House.
That’s why we witnessed the unprofessional exchange between Trump and the media the day after the mid term elections. CNN reporter Jim Acosta lost his White House press credential because of it.
I’ve never witnessed a more hostile media-source environment than the one between Trump and the media.
Much of it is Trump’s fault. He created the environment and people who work for him are fueling it. Here is why I believe some of the news never happened. Most of it comes from unnamed sources. Sometimes those sources are wrong. Sometimes those sources only know part of the truth. Sometimes those sources have an agenda.
The reporter must trust that the source is telling the truth and knows the entire story. Most of the time they do. Some of the time they don’t.
From my years as a reporter I’ve found that leaks begin when people inside an organization don’t believe in the leader or in the product. There are people inside the West Wing who disagree with Trump’s policies and the way he is running the country.
I was not allowed to used unnamed sources most of the time. During the rare times I was allowed I had to name the source to my editor. That always made me nervous because if the source’s name got out they could lose their job and I could lose access.
The White House sources believe that they are doing what’s best for the country when they leak stories to the press. If Trump talks about something privately they deem to be bad for the people, they leak it in hopes that public pressure causes Trump to change his position or soften his view.
I do not believe that reporters from the Washington Post or the New York Times wake up in the morning looking to make up stories about Trump. But I do believe they look for dirt on Trump.
Trump created this environment by being rude to the press and his Republican opponents during the primary. Trump can’t be a bully and then when things blow back in his face plead for everybody to be civil. That’s not the way it works. People go by the motto of I will treat you like you treat me.
For example. If you invite me over to your house and I am polite, how are you going to treat me?
If you invite me over to your house and I complain that the drapes and carpet are ugly and I grab the wife by the ass, would you treat me differently? I would guess yes.
Trump has been that rude and drunk guest for two years now. What does he expect?
Trump stirred up the hornets nest during the latest press conference by talking about the dishonest and fake media for the billionth time. That set the tone for a hostile meeting.
CNN reporter Jim Acosta did some grandstanding and should have relinquished his microphone after his first question. He brushed aside an interns attempt to take the microphone away. His actions were wrong but not enough to have his credentials revoked.
However, he should have backed down no matter how mad he was. The media is not supposed to be part of the story.
On this day I am calling a double technical foul on Trump and Acosta along with two minutes in the penalty box.