Posted by Curt on 8 June, 2019 at 1:49 pm. 4 comments already!


Picture a beautiful day, 72 degrees, low humidity, not a cloud in the sky. One guy says to another guy at the bus stop, “Nice day, isn’t it?” The second guy loses his mind. “Nice day? Whaddya mean nice day? You can’t talk to me like that. Help, help, police, I’m being accosted. This guy said it was a nice day!”

Guy No. 1 was President Trump, this past week. Guy No. 2 is the news media, especially CNN. Proving that there is literally nothing they will not try to spin as evidence of Trump’s perfidy, the president was polite and deferential to the Queen of England this week. Naturally, the media set its hair on fire again.

CNN rolled out chief international correspondent Clarissa Ward to argue that Trump was polite to the queen not because being polite to the queen is something heads of state should do but “perhaps he likes the idea of being a king.”

On your mark, get set, groupthink: CNN international correspondent Max Foster followed up by repeating the same idea, “He likes the idea of being a king, which would explain why he’s so reverential in the palace environment.”

CNN White House correspondent Kate Bennett echoed the idea with the message of the day, saying that although it was no big deal when previous presidents brought their children to meet the British monarch, “the president perhaps sees his children as American royalty or this is sort of our equivalent … the equivalency, which, you know, it’s not at all how we operate in America.”

This isn’t reporting. It isn’t even “analysis,” the way journos take a drop or morsel of news and make it into a banquet of opinion. It’s practicing mind reading without a license. If President Trump said, “I like people,” Brooke Baldwin and Jim Acosta would pop up on CNN to somberly warn us, more in sorrow than in anger, that our president has just admitted he was a cannibal.

If the president tweeted, on Father’s Day, “America needs strong families with fathers present in the household,” CNN’s chyron monkeys would be writing, “DOES TRUMP HATE MOTHERS?” Nothing is not alarming for CNN and the rest of the Trumpbait news industry, even when Trump is acting completely normal.

Even stranger than accusing Trump of “throne envy” (a phrase used on MSNBC by ex-Sen. Claire McCaskill, who maybe has a little bit of envy for those who remain in office) is when people lapse into a key of royalism and suggest grubby commoner Trump is unworthy of the queen’s presence. An editorial in the British paper The Observer and a petition signed by a million Brits said Trump should be denied the honor of the monarch’s company.

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