The Press Could Earn Our Respect Again — By Reporting More Stories Like These Ones

One of the hopes I have for 2018 is for most of the media to grow up, get over their disappointment that their choice for president didn’t win, and start reporting the facts.

It’s a faint hope. I am not confident it will happen. But when you see petulant writing like that of Mark Landler from the New York Times, all we’re left with is confusion as to how they can survive financially when more of their audience is leaving by the day.

Starting with Landler’s title “Trump, the Insurgent, Breaks with 70 Years of American Foreign Policy“, it doesn’t take a genius to see where on the political spectrum Landler sits when he uses a word typically reserved for actual terrorists (Insurgent).

From the article:

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Nearly a year into his presidency, Mr. Trump remains an erratic, idiosyncratic leader on the global stage, an insurgent who attacks allies the United States has nurtured since World War II and who can seem more at home with America’s adversaries. His Twitter posts, delivered without warning or consultation, often make a mockery of his administration’s policies and subvert the messages his emissaries are trying to deliver abroad.

Mr. Trump has pulled out of trade and climate change agreements and denounced the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. He has broken with decades of American policy in the Middle East by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. And he has taunted Kim-Jong-un of North Korea as “short and fat,” fanning fears of war on the peninsula.

Above all, Mr. Trump has transformed the world’s view of the United States from a reliable anchor of the liberal, rules-based international order into something more inward-looking and unpredictable. That is a seminal change from the role the country has played for 70 years, under presidents from both parties, and it has lasting implications for how other countries chart their futures.

If Landler, one reporter among hundreds, gets apoplectic from our president calling a fat little tyrant “short and fat,” could it be we don’t need to take him seriously?

The leftist media should understand something: Though kernels of truth periodically appear in your product, everyday Americans know what’s left of what you produce contains, for the most part, gross exaggerations, lies, or flimsy opinions held as truths. We don’t trust you, and we don’t have the time to sift through the excrement to find the pony.

There are many good things to report on the Trump administration’s first year. Aside from Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court, 22 regulations removed for every one put in place, and knocking ISIS on its heels, we are witnessing positive ripple effects of the Trump tax plan on the international stage:

BEIJING — China said on Thursday that it would temporarily exempt foreign companies from paying tax on their earnings, a bid to keep American businesses from taking their profits out of China following Washington’s overhaul of the United States tax code.

There is, however, a catch: To be eligible, foreign companies must invest those earnings in sectors encouraged by China’s government — including railways, mining, technology and agriculture — according to a statement from the Finance Ministry. The measure is retroactive from Jan. 1 this year, the ministry said.

The move would “promote the growth of foreign investment, improve the quality of foreign investment and encourage overseas investors to continuously expand their investment in China,” the ministry said. It did not elaborate.

Despite its appeal as a manufacturing hub, one where companies from around the world have set up operations to tap into a highly skilled work force and strong infrastructure, China charges high taxes. On top of a standard corporate rate of 25 percent, companies are required to make social security contributions and other payments that push their tax burden higher than it is in many other countries.

In the end, my hope for a truthful media is an academic one because if the positive Trumpmentum continues, the facts will report themselves, and we won’t need a group of braying goats out in the pasture.

Happy New Year, Clashers! May 2018 be your best yet.

God Bless America.

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Michael Cummings
Michael A. Cummings has a Bachelors in Business Management from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, and a Masters in Rhetoric & Composition from Northern Arizona University. He has worked as a department store Loss Prevention Officer, bank auditor, textbook store manager, Chinese food delivery man, and technology salesman. Cummings wrote position pieces for the 2010 Trevor Drown for US Senate (AR) and 2012 Joe Coors for Congress (CO) campaigns.

 

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