One thing that’s been interesting about watching Democrats and the media react to Donald Trump is that they lack any attention span whatsoever. That’s not unique to Democrats or journalists, of course, but it has been extraordinary to watch them fail even by their own standards. They’re so eager to find that one golden torpedo that will put a hole in the ship that they can’t even stick with a story. God knows how much damage they could do to Trump if they actually infused their reporting with depth.
But on the other hand, “depth” would imply truth, and the left-wing cabal has never had much use for that. So it is that they jump from outrage to outrage, never sticking with anything long enough to expose viewers/voters to the realities of any given situation. Some of it’s ratings-driven, of course. Some of it’s just human nature. But a lot of it is their determination to finally find something that sticks to this man. They don’t seem to realize that it all becomes a blur.
Trump knows this, of course, which is why he can easily jump from one manufactured controversy to the next without any lasting effects. The attention span just isn’t there. And the media helps him survive in a strange way by treating all of his “outrages” with the same level of alarm. If you were to watch the coverage completely objectively, you’d come away thinking that his “threatening Hillary Clinton with assassination” was just as outrageous as his comments about a crying baby and that’s just as outrageous as his “blood coming out of her wherever” remark and that’s just as outrageous as his position on nukes and that’s just as outrageous as his plan to ban Muslim immigrants, etc. There’s no scope. No scale. It’s just one big endless wave of “THIS IS THE MOST TERRIBLE THING WE’VE EVER SEEN.”
The media really bit down on the “2nd Amendment” remark, but not even that could keep their sustained attention. Once Trump accused President Obama of bearing personal responsibility for the Islamic State, they were off to the races once again.
“In many respects, you know, they honor President Obama,” Trump said at a rally in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday. “He is the founder of ISIS.”
Cue the feeding frenzy.
As always, Trump declined to walk back his remarks in subsequent interviews. On Hugh Hewitt’s radio show Thursday, Trump rejected Hewitt’s attempts to soften the meaning of his words.
“No, I meant he’s the founder of ISIS,” Trump said. “I do. He was the most valuable player. I give him the most valuable player award.”
An award, Trump said, that he shared with his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton.
This will fade as soon as there’s another story for the media to play with for a day or two, but it’s actually too bad. Because like most of Trump’s remarks, there is a lot of truth hidden underneath the shiny surface of this one. And it’s a truth the American voters deserve to know.