Trump tames the media

How Trump substitutes for Israel.

Jack Engelhard

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So now it’s Trump…and like I said elsewhere, “Any day that Israel does not make the news is a good day.”

I am sure President Trump never intended to run interference for the Jewish State, but it has been turning out that way.

Trump is not Jewish but he may as well be for all the blows he’s taking on Israel’s behalf as an unintended stand-in.

Used to be that nearly every day you could count on a headline slanted against Israel throughout the media, beginning with The New York Times and CNN.

Now? Not so much. In fact, I haven’t seen much of it ever since…well, ever since Trump became president. Or ran for the office.

It’s him they want…it’s him they’re hunting down with slurs that used to roll off the tongue against Israel. 

Trump on Obamacare…on immigration…on the NFL…on Iran…on FAKE NEWS…on race relations…Charlottesville…it’s all his fault. Just ask the media.

You don’t have to ask. They are sure to tell. They scrutinize with poison every word he says until they concoct a sound-bite or an action that will do him harm. 

The Israelis know how it feels.

Trump’s sensible action of just the other day…to keep a sharper eye on the Iran nuke deal through Congress…drew shrieking criticism from the media. Well naturally. Obama’s illegal payoff to the mullahs was bad for the United States and bad for Israel, which translates as good for the Left. 

The Left took over the news media in the mid 1960s and reporters became radicalized in the 1970s, to this day. All at once everyone going into journalism wanted to be Woodward and Bernstein. Now the job wasn’t about the facts, but “making the world a better place.” 

Obama’s illegal payoff to the mullahs was bad for the United States and bad for Israel, which translates as good for the Left. 
Armed with such (faux) idealism, journalism became judgmental and journalists, self-anointed heroes and good guys, searched for villains and bad guys – and wouldn’t you know what they found. They found Israel. As they fell for Che Guevara as an emblem of the revolutionary spirit, so they adopted Yasser Arafat, an even more brutal killer, murderer, and terrorist, to represent their ideals. 

A man like that, they told us, would make the world a better place.   

People who think Israel bashing is something new under the sun need to be reminded that it was like that throughout the decades. NBC, CBS, ABC and certainly NPR and PBS never, absolutely never referred to Israel except as an occupier deserving nothing but punishment. 

Peter Jennings at ABC-TV springs to mind as particularly and consistently obnoxious against the Jewish State. Ditto Anthony Lewis at The New York Times.

The entire media apparatus operated in cahoots with one thought in mind – Trample the Jews and the country they prayed and bled for.

I can attest to this personally from my years at The Philadelphia Inquirer, but that’s another story…except to remember cartoonist Tony Auth and the anti-Semitic op-ed cartoons that won him the Pulitzer. (He turns up in the newsroom thriller “The Bathsheba Deadline” as cartoonist Peter Brand, the newsroom snitch – inside info to readers who keep asking how facts become fiction in the novel.)) 

But it was also during that time that Cable came of age and along came CNN, which brought us the PLO’s Hanan Ashrawi, Peter Jennings’ dear friend, who was always given a full microphone to justify every Palestinian Arab massacre against Israeli civilians.

Donald Trump arrived just in time to take the heat…but he can also give it, and give it double-time.

FAKE NEWS charges by Trump against CNN, NBC, NYT and across the board, giving them all a case of the jitters – and a taste of justice at last. 

New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes regularly for Arutz Sheva. Engelhard wrote the international book-to-movie 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: