This post was written by Connor Balough
Ted Cruz has constantly said that the media is going to attack Donald Trump when he secures the nod, but it appears that they have used up all their ammo already. With Trump as the biggest ratings draw for broadcast media in over a generation, few in the media wish to take down Trump at all, hoping that his fans tune in to their programming.
In a blockbuster Politico column, Campbell Brown, the former CNN and NBC correspondent and anchor, blasted television news for the rise of Donald Trump.
She makes many great points about how Trump’s candidacy is “largely a creation of a TV media that wants him, or needs him, to be the central character in this year’s political drama.”
Brown also pulls the curtain back on a little-known fact of television news: some TV anchors may be silently cheering along the Trump campaign — even if they fear what a Trump presidancy would be like.
“I know from personal experience that it is common practice for TV anchors to have substantial bonuses written into their contracts if they hit ratings marks. With this 2016 presidential soap opera, they are almost surely hitting those marks. So, we get all Trump, all the time.”
Prntly’s “biggest fan”, Phillip Bump, is now grudgingly praising Trump in his articles:
We don’t want to link to them, but feel free to visit Washington Post to see how Mr. Bump constantly writes articles about Trump, and how in one piece, he said Trump is growing more powerful.
On some foreign policy issues, the roles are reversed for the candidates and their parties. It’s Hillary the Hawk against Donald the Quasi-Dove.
Just as Barack Obama seemed the more feminized candidate in 2008 because of his talk-it-out management style, his antiwar platform and his delicate eating habits, always watching his figure, so now, in some ways, Trump seems less macho than Hillary.
He has a tender ego, pouty tweets, needy temperament and obsession with hand sanitizer, whereas she is so tough and combat-hardened, she’s known by her staff as “the Warrior.”
The prime example of commander-in-chief judgment Trump offers is the fact that, like Obama, he thought the invasion of Iraq was a stupid idea.
He can sound belligerent, of course, saying that he would bomb the expletive-deleted out of ISIS and that he would think up new and imaginative ways to torture terrorists and kill their families.
But he says that in most cases he would rather do the art of the deal than shock and awe.
“Unlike other candidates for the presidency, war and aggression will not be my first instinct,” he said in his maiden foreign policy speech in Washington last week, adding, “A superpower understands that caution and restraint are really truly signs of strength.”
These Kumbaya lines had the neocons leaping into Hillary’s muscular embrace.
If the neocons get neophyte Republicans on the presidential ticket, they prefer ones like Dan Quayle, W. and Sarah Palin, who are “educable,” as Bill Kristol, the editor of The Weekly Standard, once said of Quayle.
Trump may have a lot to learn about the issues, but he’s not malleable.
In his new book, “Alter Egos,” Times White House correspondent Mark Landler makes the case that the former Goldwater Girl, the daughter of a Navy petty officer and a staunch Republican, has long had hawkish tendencies, reflected in her support for military action in Iraq and Libya and a no-fly zone in Syria.