In the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s visit to Fargo yesterday, one CNN “Editor-at-large” took to writing an “analysis” of Trump’s hour-plus long speech. In doing so, he chose to feature “Donald Trump’s 54 most outrageously over-the-top lines from his North Dakota speech“.
I’ll let you read it for yourself, but I found it amusing. It’s not really analysis at all. In fact, much of it can’t even be classified as commentary. While listing these 54 “outrageously over-the-top lines”, the author largely makes no attempt to explain why they’re classified as such. It must just be his style though. He’s done this multiple times with speeches or interviews the President has made.
I suppose we shouldn’t expect anything less from anyone at CNN. It’s no secret that the media network and Trump have less than a stellar relationship. The Democratic National Committee colluded with CNN in April of 2016 ahead of an interview, speech, and debate that candidate Trump was set to participate in. In his first news conference after taking office, President Trump outright told a CNN reporter – who was being rude – that he was “fake news”. Then there’s the fact that Harvard conducted a study – after the President’s first 100 days in office – that analyzed the media’s coverage of Donald Trump. The result? CNN’s coverage was shown to be 93% negative. And yesterday, the Daily Caller showed how CNN may be skewing the President’s polling numbers.
If CNN’s Editor-at-large wants to disagree with the President and document statements that he believes to be “outrageously over-the-top”, then fine. I have no problem with that. But for goodness sakes, if you’re going to publish them as “analysis”, then you might want to… you know… actually provide the analysis.
On February 25, 2017, I wrote about the left-leaning media bias so prevalent against Trump. I expressed the view that failure on their part to adjust would be at their own peril. We’re now nearly 20 months removed from Donald Trump shocking the political and media establishment with his general election win. Yet, it seems that those who vehemently despise him have learned so very little about how to respond to or cover him. Heck, CNN didn’t have a single show crack the top 20 in May. The lowest-rated show on Fox News outperformed the highest-rated show on CNN.
President Donald J. Trump is a political enigma. CNN either doesn’t know how to cover him or they just don’t care— and they’re suffering for it.