The Resistance Media (™) is adopting a more confrontational approach with President Donald Trump and Republicans in a bid to give more credibility to their brand of fake journalism.
They have been more combative with the president and congressmen who appear on their shows to make them “more accountable” for what they contend is the president’s corrupt behavior and to score points with fellow media conspirators.
They have been incensed at the audacity of the president’s efforts to get Ukraine to investigate former President Joe Biden, calling it an unseemly abuse of power. The only problem is the Ukraine controversy is a hoax based on a worthless anonymous whistleblower’s complaint filled with misinformation. His claim that the president used military aid as a quid pro quo proved to be false. Democrats announced a constitutionally dubious impeachment inquiry based on propaganda about the call. Their probe is politically motivated and their outrage is phony.
Biden publicly acknowledged that in spring 2016, when he was vice president and spearheading the Obama administration’s Ukraine policy, he pushed Ukraine to fire top prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who was investigating Burisma Holdings. His son Hunter was serving on the board for a reported $85,000 a month. Biden had threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. aid if Shokin was not fired.
The media is becoming pretty fed up with President Donald Trump humiliating them over and over again. He is a longtime, outspoken, harsh critic of their biased, unprofessional behavior. He often offers his mostly unwanted opinions about the cable news shows.
Recently the president tweeted about veteran journalist Bob Woodward for bringing a modicum of reason to a panel discussion on CBS’ Face the Nation alongside Peter Baker and moderator Margaret Brennan.
“Good job, I must say, by Bob Woodward on “Deface the Nation.” The CBS no name host(ess), and other guest, Peter Baker of The Failing New York Times, were totally biased, boring and wrong (as usual), but Woodward was cool, calm and interesting,” he tweeted.
After Trump was inaugurated White House daily briefings turned into verbal brawls as reporters harassed and demeaned his press secretaries and jockeyed for the spotlight.
Combative CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta was even banned, but after court intervention the White House relented and returned his press pass.
After the CNN debacle and a number of other showdowns, the White House had had enough, putting a stop to daily press briefings. Journalists were forced to battle wind and helicopter noises to volley questions at the president when he left the White House for official business. The cameras were only on him.
The fake news journalists were becoming desperate for relevance and attention once again so they apparently came up with a new scheme. Trump couldn’t shut them out of everything. They would just have to wait for public events like a state visit to the White House or press conferences with world leaders to target Trump for humiliation. That would teach him not to mess with the press!
During a contentious press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö recently President Trump smacked down Reuters reporter Jeff Mason as he tried to get clarity about Trump’s call with the president of Ukraine with repeated questions.
“I’ve given you a long answer, ask this gentleman a question. Don’t be rude,” Trump told Mason.
“No sir, I don’t want to be rude,” Mason said. “I just wanted you to have a chance to answer the question that I asked you.”
Trump confronted him about his effort to give credibility to the whistleblower’s concocted complaint: “It’s a whole hoax and you know who’s playing into the hoax? People like you and the fake news media that we have in this country — and I say in many cases, the corrupt media because you’re corrupt,” Trump told Mason. “Much of the media in this country is not just fake. It’s corrupt.”
After the dust-up Mason was quite proud of himself, tweeting a photo of Niinistö with the comment, “The Finnish president looks uncomfortable…”
Mason’s media colleagues were delighted. “Masterful work by @jeffmason1,” AP reporter Zeke Miller tweeted. Acosta also chimed in: “Excellent work by @jeffmason1 standing his ground to ask his questions.”
Fox News anchor Eric Shawn interviewed the ‘Trump Buster’ on America’s News HQ last week, “I would be utterly remiss in my professional responsibilities if I did not praise your diligence, your dedication,” he told Mason, noting that some people were calling the confrontation a “tutorial in journalism for journalism schools.”