Can’t give unqualified credit … This morning NBC’s Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Carrie Dann write that the overnight return of U.S. prisoners from North Korea “highlights the best and worst of Trump.” President Donald Trump just secured the release of U.S. citizens from a dictatorial hellhole seemingly without giving anything up. I’m failing to see anything to criticize here.
What was “the worst”? Trump gave praise to the North Korean dictator for releasing the prisoners and treating them well. Trump is playing a carrot and stick game here. He’s been harsh to Kim in the past, but gave a little praise to reward this positive action. Is that so wrong? To these three, it apparently is.
Related … The NBC piece above reminds me of something CNN’s Jim Acosta said yesterday via Twitter:
Obama policies dumped by Trump: Iran deal, Paris Climate Agreement, Trans-Pacific Trade Deal, DACA, Obamacare Individual Mandate
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) May 8, 2018
To that I say thank you, Jim. To Acosta and his left-wing friends in the Swamp, that list is a reason to detest Trump. When I look at that list, I see that every one of those was a campaign promise. This reminds me of January 2010 and Scott Brown’s race against Martha Coakley to replace Sen. Ted Kennedy. Scott Brown’s campaign theme was “I will be the 41st vote against Obamacare.” Martha Coakley’s campaign theme was “Scott Brown will be the 41st vote against Obamacare.” We know how that turned out. (Disclosure: I sold printed materials to the Scott Brown campaign in 2010 and 2012 and received advertising revenue from the campaign for a state-based blog I owned.)
The list of things Trump has done is exactly why people voted for this president – no matter how much that confuses people like Acosta.
Sad CNN … CNN’s overnight crew fretted that President Trump would get credit for the freed prisoners coming home from North Korea. NewsBusters has the video of how CNN handled the arrival of those prisoners at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. The hosts opined that perhaps this move was made to distract from CNN’s favorite programming, the Stormy Daniels one-night stand. Whether it be the Malaysian airliner crash or the Stormy Daniels saga, CNN has time and time again shown that it has a tough time walking and chewing gum at the same time.
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Imaginary … When it comes to bias in the media, Chris Cillizza acts like Mr. Hooper, Bob, and Gordon acted toward Big Bird when he talked about Mr. Snuffleupagus. That’s right: Cillizza thinks that media bias is imaginary. Cillizza tried to explain Trump’s tweet about 90 percent of media coverage on Trump being negative yesterday. During that explanation, Cillizza said , “The more open we [media] are about how we do our jobs, the better chance we have of convincing people that our most basic commitment is to getting stories right, not pushing some sort of imagined ideological agenda.”
Get that? The ideological agenda you see every day from Chris Cillizza is not an ideological agenda. Thanks to NewsBusters for flagging this.
About that NBC News “report” … I wrote yesterday about how Matt Lauer’s former co-host Ann Curry said that she told management to look into Lauer back in 2012. NBC News has now claimed that it talked to Curry for its report, which cleared NBC News management of any wrongdoing in the Lauer case, including denying that management knew of the behavior women have alleged Lauer engaged in. Curry has shot back, saying that she never spoke with investigators. File under imaginary conversations?
Mr. Hooper …
Writing about Snuffleupagus above got me thinking of Mr. Hooper. The death of actor Will Lee, who played Mr. Hooper on “Sesame Street,” was the first time I saw death portrayed on television or even really thought about a human I knew dying. I was nine and probably should have stopped watching the show by then, but it was good television and I tuned in from time to time. Looking back, the show handled the death with dignity and didn’t try to swap in a new Mr. Hooper, but dealt with the issue in a straightforward and non-condescending manner.
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Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC.