Friday, May 26, 2017

Politics Talk. The press is going crazy cause they're reaping what they've sown?

via Robert Reich's Page.

After the attack, Jacobs was evaluated in an ambulance at the scene and taken to Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital. Several hours later he left the hospital wearing a sling around his arm.

Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault.

Donald Trump’s reaction? In Sicily for the G-7 summit, he praised Greg Gianforte’s election as a “great win in Montana.”

For years, conservatives warned that liberals were “defining deviancy downward” by tolerating bad social behavior.

Donald Trump is actively defining deviancy downward in American politics. He’s making America meaner.

Last year, Trump said of a protester at one of his campaign rallies: “I’d like to punch him in the face.”

In a different era, when decency was the norm, House members would not seat a thug like Gianforte in the chamber. In the age of Trump, it’s okay to beat up a reporter.

Charlie Sykes, a conservative former talk-show host in Wisconsin, says “every time something like Montana happens, Republicans adjust their standards and put an emphasis on team loyalty. They normalize and accept previously unacceptable behavior.”

Gianforte’s attack on Jacobs was shameful enough. Almost as shameful was Gianforte’s press release about what occurred, written immediately afterward by his campaign spokesman, Shane Scanlon:

“Ben Jacobs entered the office without permission, aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg’s face, and began asking badgering questions. Jacobs was asked to leave. After asking Jacobs to lower the recorder, Jacobs declined. Greg then attempted to grab the phone that was pushed in his face. Jacobs grabbed Greg’s wrist, and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground. It’s unfortunate that this aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist created this scene at our campaign volunteer BBQ.“

It was all a blatant lie, as confirmed by the Fox News crew that watched the whole thing. But under Trump, blatant lying is the new normal.

And a “liberal journalist” is the enemy.
I've watched coverage of the "body slammed journalist" and have been a bit amazed.  A little background first.  I've watched Sean Spicers news conferences and the reporters have been almost animalistic in their behavior, talk to the guy with barely concealed contempt and demean him in their very questions.

Additionally I've watched while the news media has taken sides in the political process.  At one time they tried to hide who they were rooting for, but today they blatantly wave their liberal politics in the face of any who will listen.

Now back on task.

What did the media expect?  They harass people and think that behavior is to be applauded.  They continue to ask questions after a person says they have no further comment?

The truth is stark.  The news media is part of the democrat resistance.  They are the enemy.

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