In an interview with Fox & Friends on Wednesday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said that the media is locked in a permanent state of hatred for President Trump because he won’t bow to them like Republican presidents of yesteryear.
“What we are watching here, and I think people realize this, what’s happened for a long time around here are the rules: You are a Republican, you had to try to impress the media so they would kind of say nice things about you. If you became the Republican nominee, they would shred you – they would call you all types of horrible things,” Rubio said. “[Trump] just doesn’t care about any of that stuff. And neither do Americans.”
Rubio pointed to the last two Republican presidential nominees, John McCain and Mitt Romney, noting how even though they were “shredded” by the political press in Washington, they kept trying to gain the approval of the liberal media.
“And then you elect a president who’s not from here and decides I’m not playing this hypocritical game. And they can’t stand it because they’re supposed to be the gatekeepers that decide who gets to run for president and who doesn’t,” Rubio said.
That’s a pretty good take on the situation. The media has had control of the ballgame for so long that they just don’t know what to do with themselves now that it’s out of their hands. You can see this derangement start to creep in to their coverage of the Democratic primaries as well. We can’t say much about supporters of Bernie Sanders, but they’re right about one thing: All the corporate interests that run the media are dead-set on preventing that guy from being the nominee. And you can already tell that the power is slipping out of their hands on that side of the aisle, just like it’s slipped out of their hands among those on the right.
Trump didn’t cause conservatives to lose faith in the media; the deterioration of trust had been happening for quite a while. But his historic campaign, which broke all the rules about how a candidate is supposed to apologize and kowtow to the press, surely hastened the media’s decline. And the more Trump ignored what he was “supposed” to do, the more irate and unhinged the media became.
Somehow, even after four years of this game, the would-be gatekeepers in the press haven’t figured it out. They keep getting played like a fiddle, much to the laughter of Trump’s millions of supporters.