The old saying goes: “Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone.”
So does stupidity.
Somehow, America’s mainstream media keep finding the dumbest things to cover. While President Trump has been busy of late making some incredible news — on Iran, on North Korea, on China — the MSM has decided to focus on some really stupid and pointless topics.
It can’t be easy. The world is blasting away at a million miles an hour, so to sift through all the consequential happenings each day to get to the silly and absurd takes real effort. And yet the MSM is more than up to the task — every minute of every hour.
Take CNN right now, at this minute. The top story on its webpage is “Doctor: Trump wrote his own glowing health letter.” Inside the piece, CNN touts the piece as “EXCLUSIVE.” Dr. Harold Bornstein, a wacky dude who looks like a hippy with his long gray hair and round John Lennon glasses, claims Trump dictated a 2015 letter touting his health. Sure, the story also says Bornstein once asserted that he wrote the letter, but now he says he didn’t (hey, one of those is a lie, so let’s just go with whatever we want, CNN must be thinking).
It gets dumber. Under that piece is this: “Analysis: 4 reasons why Trump faking a doctor’s note matters.” Yes, CNN broke off one of its highly-skilled “journalists” to tell us why a claim from a former Trump doctor really matters, you know, to you, Mr. or Mrs. America.
“… Bornstein undoubtedly thought he would reap some sort of gains from his willingness to put aside medical ethics in order to please Mr. Trump,” writes Chris Cillizza, with absolutely no proof of anything supporting the claim.
Meanwhile, over at the vaunted New York Times, another “journalist” has penned this important piece: “‘We’ll See,’ Trump Says on North Korea. And Iran. And Nafta. And So On.” Yes, Trump often says we’ll have to wait to see how things play out. Huge story.
President Trump, a new-to-the-game politician who once campaigned on a promise of “I alone can fix it,” has spent the past month speaking with a decidedly less definitive stance, shrugging off a series of diplomatic high-wire acts that may come to define his presidency with a bit of well-worn Trumpese.
“We’ll see,” when a reporter asked Mr. Trump on Tuesday whether he deserved the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to arrange peace talks between North and South Korea.
“We’ll see what happens, I often say,” the president said a day earlier about relations with North Korea, apparently aware of his tendency to take an indefinite view on timely negotiations.
The implication is that Trump doesn’t know enough — “a new-to-the-game politician” — to be an effective president.
Of course, this isn’t new, but it is remarkable how the MSM can skim over huge news — the Iran nuclear ambitions, the possible end of the Korean War — to focus on minutia, all of which is intended to make Trump look bad.
Last month, NewsBusters analysts examined transcripts of all CNN broadcasts that aired between April 12 and April 16, finding 77 separate mentions of an unproven claim that Trump once paid prostitutes to urinate on each other while in Moscow. On Wednesday, Newsbusters reported that CNN has put Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, on the air 59 times in less than two months. CNN has also devoted an entire segment to the size of Trump’s trouser legs. Seriously.
There’s no question that CNN and others in the MSM want to take down Trump. It’s their sworn mission, and one they apparently hope to achieve using any means necessary.
Still, it’s odd that they don’t see that their tendency to focus on tiny things that they think might be embarrassing to the president only bolster his case about fake news.
Will they ever learn?