Trump and the media

The media are telling us how to think and they want us to think badly of Trump.

Jack Engelhard

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The same crowd that tried to push him around is now trying to order him around. They think they own Trump.

At about the same time that Mayor de Blasio lectured Trump on how to behave, the press boys and girls read him the riot act because he failed to report back to them when he sneaked out for a steak at 21 Club. They too instructed Trump on how to behave, which amounts to galloping chutzpah.

These are the same people who in all these eight years never asked Obama a single tough question, except maybe about his golf score, and who never bothered much about the fact that he seldom treated them to a press conference. Obama could do no wrong.

Trump can’t get anything right so far as the press is concerned, and can this be because this Conservative betrayed those Liberals by winning?

Yes it can – and already we can see where this is going for the next four to eight years.

Trump will have no choice but to give as good as he got, and he got it pretty bad from the moment he announced himself a candidate.

The tweet has been Trump’s revenge, and it will have to remain so. That’s his news media against theirs.

Topped by The New York Times, for more than a year the media pounced on him with daily doses of insult and mockery. The networks followed with words and pictures intended to do him the most harm. Only Fox News, as did Arutz Sheva, gave him a break and he returned the favor by appearing regularly on that cable network – and this helped him win.

This is precisely what irks the media. He won, they lost and they find this unforgivable.

The consequences of media bias can be dire and can already be felt on our streets, where thousands are protesting, most of them college students.
No, they will not forgive, even as the Times’ editors admitted that their reporting may have been too harshly lopsided, and promised to correct the error – but never did. The next day they went right back to smearing Trump to substantiate the cliché that old habits die hard.

The consequences of media bias can be dire and can already be felt on our streets, where thousands are protesting, most of them college students.

But not all are Ivy League.

Nut jobs also read and when they read in the Times that Trump is “a threat to the nation,” or when David Remnick at The New Yorker cites Trump’s victory as “An American Tragedy,” that’s language that can incite. People already unhinged (and who knew there were so many of them?) may take certain words as a summons to act.

They don’t get nuance, though really, there hasn’t been much of that, either. The papers have been mighty straightforward saying, “Trump must be stopped.”

Hysteria like that – now that is a threat to the nation.

Trump, for sure, but we are all at risk when we cannot trust what we “read in the papers.”

The papers used to be where we got news we could trust. Now they’re telling us how to think; think like them.

That’s why Trump poked fun at them at all his rallies. He was on to them. We need to do the same, treat them as a joke.

But it is not funny how they have misused our faith in the press.

New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes a regular column for Arutz Sheva. New from the novelist: “News Anchor Sweetheart,” a novelist’s version of Fox News and Megyn Kelly. Engelhard is the author of the international bestseller “Indecent Proposal.” He is the recipient of the Ben Hecht Award for Literary Excellence. Website: