Trump’s revenge and how Woodward/Bernstein ruined journalism

Thoughtful criticism is one thing, whether against Trump or Netanyahu. A barrage of it is something else. It then becomes pure, gleeful hatred. 

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Jack Engelhard
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Trump’s self-made video parody that shows him wrestling down CNN has all the self-righteous pundits in an uproar, but it puts the heat where it belongs…on CNN and the rest of them that round-the-clock give him no peace, no mercy, no fairness, no slack. In return, Trump goes Raw. (Like Truman once did.) 

Friends in Israel tell me that Trump is not alone. Benjamin Netanyahu, they say, gets the same treatment from the Hebrew press. Most times, even worse.

The same, maybe. Worse, impossible. 

In fact a Harvard study illustrates that Trump coverage from mainstream media has been a whopping 80 to 93 percent negative since he took office. 

On top of that the obscenities coming from our TV news and talk shows are so violent that there is no choice but to say that we are past media bias and deep into media depravity. It’s been so non-stop nasty that many of us have stopped reading and watching the coverage. We know what’s coming. We are braced. Trump gets even.

Thoughtful criticism is one thing, whether against Trump or Netanyahu. A barrage of it is something else. It then becomes pure, gleeful hatred. 

I could write a book about it and in fact I did, from which I quote that today’s journalists are the offspring of “Woodard and Bernstein, all of them into it, into journalism for the romance of changing the world.” With that, by the way, comes automatic hostility against Israel, more proof that Liberalism truly is a mental disorder.  


...there is no choice but to say that we are past media bias and deep into media depravity.
Rather than Journalism 101, simply stating the facts, these kids, who ordinarily would have gone into teaching and nursing, embraced reportage as a means to MAKE THE WOLRD A BETTER PLACE. So forget detached and impartial coverage. Instead, they will tell you what to think. 

 “This,” we wrote, “is a generation of dreamers rushing, in their laptops, toward universal blessedness and they want it Now.”

Their brave new world was supposed to extend from Obama to Hillary. Well it didn’t work out. So they’ve become angry, petulant and unhinged spoiled brats.

Many of them, entitled grandchildren of the 1960s/70s, have just started shaving and they arrive at a press briefing already sullen. 

It is not the Progressive agenda that they were promised and they are shattered.

Behold their temper tantrums on word that the daily briefings may no longer be televised.

What hurts?

Woodward and Bernstein brought down a president, Nixon, and so today’s editors and reporters figure it’s their turn to bring down Donald Trump. 

But they have not succeeded. That’s what hurts and that’s why CNN had to fire three reporters for faking yet another story about Trump and Russia. 

But Nixon had Watergate. That was legit. The Russia business is totally absurd.  

Perhaps Trump may want to slow down his tweeting. He may want to take more care in the language and images he uses. 

But no matter what he says or does, they are conditioned to go after him without cause or reason. 

He gets no latitude, certainly nothing like President Harry S Truman. 

Back in 1950, Truman threatened to beat up Washington Post music critic Paul Hume because Hume gave Margaret, Truman’s daughter, a poor review for her singing. Truman wrote: “Some day I hope to meet you. When that happens you’ll need a new nose.”

Led by the indulgent press of that era, America laughed – Good old give-em-hell Harry at it again.

Anything like that from Trump defending his own family (which gets slandered regularly) and they’d call for his impeachment. 

They hated Trump at Hello as we say Goodbye at anything that resembles true journalism. 

New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes regularly for Arutz Sheva. Engelhard wrote the international bestseller “Indecent Proposal” and the ground-breaking inside-journalism thriller “The Bathsheba Deadline.” His latest is “News Anchor Sweetheart.” He is the recipient of the Ben Hecht Award for Literary Excellence. Website: www.jackengelhard.com


 


 


 








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