Just in the last month, there have been numerous high-profile examples of the mainstream media taking a quote from President Trump, erasing it of context, and then reporting it using the worst possible interpretation of what he could mean.
We saw it with the infamous “go back” tweet that he sent regarding the House Squad members, which the media couldn’t WAIT to compare to the old “go back to Africa” cliché that had little or nothing to do with Trump’s meaning or intentions. Then we saw it again with the Baltimore remarks, where Trump was trying to explain why Rep. Elijah Cummings has plenty on his plate without stretching it out to go-nowhere impeachment hearings. Once more, we saw it with Trump’s “I am the chosen one” comment, which, if you watch the video, it couldn’t be more obvious that he’s joking.
And now even Fox News is getting in on the action.
It started with these tweets from Trump: “Just watched @FoxNews heavily promoting the Democrats through their DNC Communications Director, spewing out whatever she wanted with zero pushback by anchor, @SandraSmithFox. Terrible considering that Fox couldn’t even land a debate, the Dems give them NOTHING! @CNN & @MSNBC are all in for the Open Border Socialists (or beyond).
“Fox hires ‘give Hillary the questions’ @donnabrazile, Juan Williams and low ratings Shep Smith,” he continued. “HOPELESS & CLUELESS! They should go all the way LEFT and I will still find a way to Win – That’s what I do, Win. Too Bad!…. I don’t want to Win for myself, I only want to Win for the people. The New @FoxNews is letting millions of GREAT people down! We have to start looking for a new News Outlet. Fox isn’t working for us anymore!”
Unwilling, perhaps, to address the very real concerns that their network is headed to the left (a concern shared by many more than just Trump), Fox News personalities fought back by presuming the worst about Trump’s last statement.
“Fox News isn’t supposed to work for you,” tweeted Brit Hume.
“We don’t work for you,” said Guy Benson.
And of course, this uncharitable reading of Trump’s phrasing was echoed far and wide throughout the larger mainstream media atmosphere.
Anyone with half a nickel’s worth of brains knows that Trump wasn’t suggesting that Fox News actually WORKS for the White House. He’s saying it the way you might say about a restaurant that used to be good: “You know, the service sucks here now. This place just isn’t working for me anymore.”
That we even have to explain that is a sad commentary on how desperate the media (including certain people at Fox) is to take President Trump and his supporters down a peg, no matter what.