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Kurtz: Trump’s gain control, forcing a reassessment of media
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs on why the media will not admit, that Trump is the first year of a flop.
I felt for weeks that some in the media have been on the edge of the Roll-out of a President Trump take the first year in office.
And in the Wake of yesterday’s final passage of the massive tax cuts that the moment has come.
The dominant media narrative, of course, is that Trump still did not get much done, that he was in over his head, that he understands government, he keeps picking petty fights rather than big to win battles.
But the thing with the experts is that the press tired of the same row, week after week, month after month. Some inevitably credit for a new insight, and for always being ahead of the pack with a burst of contrarian wisdom, want to take.
And hot, hey, maybe trump has to do some important things, after all.
It is true, the President did not get much from the Republican Congress this year. But a new law that cuts taxes for businesses and individuals—even if the measure polls badly and is not primarily the middle class, which puts an end to the judgment that Trump does not know how you up the hill. Like it or not, this is a broad legislation that was quickly pushed through the house and the Senate in a show of party-line muscle.
Trump still not get much recognition for the record-breaking stock market, but there is now some recognition that the Dow-Almost-25,000 can be completely detached from his policy. And it is to be to a greater appreciation for the President’s progress in the saving of regulations and the appointment of judges (even if three of the nominees had to recently resign because he didn’t have an answer, a Senate panel has questions about basic court procedures).
At Axios, Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen, the new floor:
“The media often presidencies, and the policy is evaluated through liberal tinted glasses. But the vast majority of the Republican party, as well as love, this policy …
“We said all year: you See, what he does, not what he says. Until recently, he hasn’t done much. But these gains are considerable, with consequences for millions of people and many years to come.”
You will note that Trump has won the approval not only for Neil from gorsuch, but for a dozen Circuit Court judges.
And while Trump’s repeated failed attempts to scrap ObamaCare, he boasted yesterday, the abolition of the individual mandate—a provision added to the tax amounts to the repeal of the health care program. This is an exaggeration, but let people wait until they are sick to buy insurance, could be created to undermine the exchanges of Barack Obama.
On foreign policy, it is an eloquent New York Times piece by conservative columnist Ross Douthat, a sharp critic of Trump. He says, drawn by the decimation of ISIS, as soon as the attention of the media:
“There is nothing more characteristic for the trump era, to win with his fire hose of misinformation, scandal and exaggeration, that America and its allies succeeded in recently, it’s a war, just two years before shock consumed lines and dominated the political debate and helped Donald Trump elected to the President — and somehow, no one seemed to notice.”
It is true, there was no handover ceremony and ISIS still exists, but it has lost physical stronghold in Iraq.
Douthat says: “This is a press error, a case where the media is not sufficiently reporting a major success, because it does not fit into the narrative of Trumpian disaster, our journalistic entities invested.”
But the narrative is changing a little. While Trump remains quite unpopular, at least according to the polls, the media reluctantly, that his presidency will be a significant impact.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of five books and has its headquarters in Washington. You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.