The president visited Iraq…
…and the Washington Post reported that the president visited Iraq…
…and now the Wall Street Journal is outraged that the WaPo reported that the president visited Iraq.
Is there anything the “liberal media” can do that won’t cause the conservative media to cry “liberal bias”??? Perhaps if they lied, the right-wing grievance-mongers would like them more, since they don’t seem to like it when the press reports facts. In fact, 80 percent of the Republican Party does seem to prefer falsehoods over truth, evidenced by their continued support for a certain president.
Here is the WSJ editorial board’s frantic attempt to find something to be outraged about.
President Trump touched down Wednesday in Iraq in his first visit to a conflict zone as commander in chief, a week after announcing a victory over the Islamic State that his own Pentagon and State Department days earlier said remained incomplete.
The president’s visit to Al Asad Air Base west of Baghdad, which was shrouded in secrecy, follows months of public pressure for him to spend time with troops deployed to conflicts in the Middle East and punctuates the biggest week of turmoil the Pentagon has faced during his presidency.
[C]an anyone reading those opening two sentences wonder why millions of Americans believe Donald Trump when he tells them that he can’t get a fair shake from the press?
Can the Wall Street Journal actually find anything untrue or unfair in those passages? Did Trump not visit Iraq? Did Trump not ignore professional advice and announce a withdrawal from Syria without planning? Did his announcement not leave the Pentagon blindsided and scrambling to come up with a half-workable process?
If Trump’s management of foreign and domestic policy is incompetent and chaotic, it’s not the fault of the press.
Conservative blogger Ann Althouse adds:
I can barely read the news these days (and I absolutely cannot watch it on TV). The negativity toward Trump is so relentless, cluttering up everything.
“Negativity.” If only the press just pretended everything were all right instead of reporting objectively.