President Jimmy Carter made waves this week when he told New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, “I think the media have been harder on Trump than any other president certainly that I’ve known about.”
This, naturally, made right-wingers jump up and yell, “See! Totally unfair! Fake news! Banana, banana, BANANA!”
To this, I say, “APPLE!” Um, I mean of course the media treats Trump differently. Trump is different. Trump ran on being different. He also ran on being tough, which makes me wonder why he’s so whiny and snowflakey.
Granted, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News all have devolved from news outlets into punditry platforms. They don’t cover important issues like the tax plan and health care the way they dwell on middle school playground issues like, “Ooo, did you hear what he said about you? He called you a dodo head! What you got to say about that?!”
But real journalists — most of them coming from or still at print-based organizations — are covering the issues and that makes them seem harder on Trump. When they seem hardest on Trump is when they use his exact, harsh words — mostly in the form of Tweets.
But while we’re comparing the treatment of Trump to the treatment of other presidents. let’s be sure to remember that:
- People treat grizzly bears differently than hamsters.
- The media covers the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration differently than the New Year’s Eve Buzzard Drop in Perry, Georgia. And, yes, that’s a real thing!
- Media coverage of Vietnam was more harsh than their coverage of Grenada.
- And doctors treat cancer harder than the flu.
Even if the legitimate media — not the cable TV pundits and talking heads — did treat Trump differently, it would be understandable because they’ve never had a 13-year-old, whiny, thin-skinned, Twitter-addicted, narcissistic drama queen as president before.
Lastly, comparing how the media treats Trump versus the way they treated Obama, the Bushes, Clinton, Reagan, Carter, Roosevelt, Lincoln, Jackson, whoever is very much apples and oranges.