Think back to how our last three presidents were treated by the media:
- Bill Clinton had his personal life scrutinized and was almost removed from office for having an affair (Slick Willie was wrong, but did not deserve the treatment he received).
- George W Bush was relentlessly mocked for his accent and intelligence. Worst of all, some directly blame him for 9/11.
- Barack Obama was attacked for eight years by many because the color of his skin. His country of origin, allegiance to the US, and religious beliefs were also questioned and attacked.
These three men did not whine often. They acted like leaders and went to work.
In May, President Trump cried, “no politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly.” And since then, like a steady drum beat, he whines about ‘fake’ news and negative media coverage in his vindictive Tweets.
Those that say the Office of the President deserves respect are correct. Those that give Trump blind support and cry foul when there is a negative story about him are wrong.
Trump gets what he dishes out. He has attacked the media from the start of his campaign. He may not like the media right now, but he sure did like the nonstop coverage (positive and negative) a year ago when he was running for president.
Most of the criticism he receives is about his half-truths and flat out lies. Because of his round-the-clock deception, everything he does is viewed with intense scrutiny. Even Trump’s simple comments and actions are put under a microscope because of his rocky history with the truth.
The media has every right to cover our president as they wish if Trump continues to discredit and attack them. While the Presidency is an important institution that deserves respect, so is the news media.
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