March 26, 2017
At Congress, Trump’s performance at “Presidential Level” was noted, by many media, as he read off the teleprompter straight, with little ad lib. And the praised of Trump ushered in, to the point the White House said it will not release news a few days after the Congress speech, so as to let the good performance sink in, meaning, more media acknowledgement.
But given Trump track-record & the media, with always the past, the much of the media willing to give him a “Re-Set” opportunity to Trump so he can “Re-Start.”
So the question is why is media forever ready to “Re-Set” Trump and for him to have new Trump start? I mean look at Trump’s record for the past year, does that not carry weight? Is there “Exceptionalism” with the American media, that they must always give the President a chance and a new beginning?
This is especially true, if one looks at the “Quality” not “Quantity” of Trump’s Congress address.
For example, while the media talked about Trump’s light tone and positivism, to those listening to Trump’s words, like to many who following what he said carefully, Trump still echo the same “Dark Tone” such as policing immigrants crime, which comes on top of earlier news of weekly publishing immigrants crimes.
Both of these are straight out of Hitler’s practices.
Yet most journalists hailed Trump’s speech.
A great many journalists are hailing Trump’s address to Congress as ushering a new Trump that looks “Presidential.”
Take the following report from US News & World Report, as an example, it reports (source)
Last night was the moment many Americans were waiting for, the moment where Donald Trump switched gears from being candidate to being president of the United States. While his tone and messaging in his inaugural address were dark and ominous his message in his first address to a joint Congress was optimistic.
Trump largely stuck to main GOP talking points, which is sure to please some within the GOP (like me) who have been reluctant to get behind his presidency, and for good reason. At times however, he strayed from that orthodoxy by suggesting substantial spending initiatives for infrastructure and pushing paid maternity leave, an issue typically supported by Democrats.
While I did not agree with all of Trump’s substance, I liked his tone – it seems he finally understands he can’t just pander to his base but must make strides to represent all Americans. What’s more, in the 12 or so hours since the address, the president has stayed off Twitter – maybe signaling a change in his behavior
But other are not convinced, such as Jacob Sugarman, managing editor at AlterNet, who wrote (source) who wrote on the response of Paul Krugman.
Paul Krugman is a Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and a columnist for The New York Times. In 2008, Krugman was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his contributions to New Trade Theory and New Economic Geography. The Prize Committee cited Krugman’s work explaining the patterns of international trade and the geographic distribution of economic activity, by examining the effects of economies of scale and of consumer preferences for diverse goods and services.
All presidents lie some of the time. Many presidents spin most of the time. But never has a president lied, to the public and the press, all of the time. For Paul Krugman, this bottomless mendacity is what separates the Trump administration from all that preceded it, and helps explain why Trump poses such a unique threat to the future of American democracy.
In a Friday column that ricochets from anger to despair and back again, the New York Times economist mourns the first victim of the Trump era: the truth.
“On matters of policy, politicians used to limit their misrepresentations of facts and impacts to relatively hard-to-verify assertions. When George W. Bush insisted that his tax cuts mainly went to the middle class, this wasn’t true, but it took some number-crunching to show that,” he writes. “What we’re getting from Mr. Trump is simply on a different plane from anything we’ve seen before.”
Krugman also took aim at Trump’s enablers, from his dishonest cabinet to the “morally vacuous” Republicans in Congress to the bubble-dwelling electorate whose minds have been warped by two decades of Fox News.
“Even the real possibility that we’re facing subversion by agents of a foreign power, and that top officials are part of the story, doesn’t seem to faze them as long as they can get tax cuts for the rich and benefits cut for the poor,” he laments.
But Krugman saved his most pointed criticism for the Fourth Estate, which saw even the likes of Van Jones gush about the president’s tone in his first address to Congress this week.
“It was a speech filled with falsehoods and vile policy proposals, but read calmly off the telemprompter — and suddenly everyone was declaring the liar-in-chief ‘presidential,’” Krugman fumes. “The point is that if that’s all it takes to exonerate the most dishonest man ever to hold high office in America, we’re doomed.”
If democracy dies in darkness, as the the Washington Post reminds its readers, it may be getting late early in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Read Krugman’s column in the New York Times.
The following are more examples of what journalist wrote of Trump’s Congress Address: