Temperamental, Not Presidential

When will members of the media give up and accept that a seventy-year-old playboy’s entire personality is not going to suddenly change into George Washington’s?

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An important reminder for many. I’ve been disgusted by how fawning many members of the media have been concerning Trump and Syria. I’ve been open about supporting the missile strike, but I also want to be open about how freaking stupid I think it is to say the president is somehow more presidential now because of a military show of force. Did we learn nothing from the leadup to the Iraq War?

When will members of the media give up and accept that a seventy-year-old playboy’s entire personality is not going to suddenly change into George Washington’s? He is who he is, and if anything, his sudden willingness to abandon one of his few consistently held positions just because he saw some pictures of suffering should terrify us. Anyway…

“’Guest after guest is gushing. From MSNBC to CNN, Trump is receiving his best night of press so far,’ wrote Sam Sacks, a Washington podcaster and journalist. ‘And all he had to do was start a war.’

Why do so many in the news media love a show of force?

‘There is no faster way to bring public support than to pursue military action,’ said Ken Paulson, head of the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center.

‘It’s a pattern not only in American history, but in world history. We rally around the commander in chief — and that’s understandable.’

Paulson noted that the news media also ‘seem to get bored with their own narrative’ about Trump’s failings, and they welcome a chance to switch it up.”

All of this is made worse by reports suggesting that the driving force behind Tump’s decisions was Ivanka’s own emotional response to the chemical attack.

 

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