A consensus in the media, which, as we know, never do something wrong— that Donald Trump has missed his transition.
And the polls prove it, journalists say.
There were polls, of course, assured the media device, the Hillary Clinton swearing-in would be on Friday.
I don’t think the picture is as dire as many are suggesting, and here is why:
Most incoming presidents do not do much during their transitions. Select a Cabinet and White house staff, make a few announcements, hold a press conference. There is a natural increase in ratings, because you have done so much to anyone crazy, and basking in the glow of feature stories about your style and your families and your Pets.
Trump, however, was constantly in the news in his transition completely Barack Obama overshadowed. He unleashed the Twitter. He continued to the car manufacturer, the intel agencies of Russia, health and nuclear policy, not to mention Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He constantly has the media attacked.
In short, Trump stuck to the same fighting style, and he won the presidency, but also many alienated from those who did not vote for him.
Gallup reported that 44 percent approve of his transition, and 51 percent oppose it. The comparable numbers for Obama (83/12), George W. Bush (61/25) and Bill Clinton (68/18) to make the contrast clear.
A Quinnipiac poll gives him lower grades (37/51), and 45 percent say that he is a worse President than Obama, 34 percent to be a better President, and 15 per cent about the same.
The Washington Post’s Dan Balz puts it this way:
“No President in memory has come to the edge of his inauguration with such a hodgepodge of potential problems and open questions, or with the public the doubts that exist about his leadership. Although he dealt with the issues of directly on Wednesday, what he could — what he can’t answer, until he is in the Oval Office— if he avoid these types of issues, the plague, and possibly also to weaken his presidency in the next four years.
“Trump and his advisors have a lot dismissed from the pre-inaugural to delegitimize controversy as part of the efforts of his election victory and undermine his presidency even before he takes office. Still, the questions that swirl around for him when he came in the lobby of the Trump Tower, a unprecedented blend of the personal, financial and material.”
There are actually advantages and disadvantages, the Trump approach.
If he had spent the transition of getting a tan at the Mar-a-Lago, his consent would be better. He would not represent picking fights and staking out controversial positions, or give the media fodder for the negative pieces.
He would also be the trump card.
Instead, he has been the redefinition of the transition the way he re-defined the nature of the promotional activity for the President.
He is the definition of the markers and setting things in motion for the time after the swearing-in. He may claim to move a few symbolic victories, such as companies rethink or change plans, jobs out of the country. He fired up his base on signature issues. And while critics of his Trump Tower presser messy found, he put his arms on the Central themes and put them to the media to defend while also sliding doors in his lawyer to undress his plan, his share in the Trump organization.
Trump won a close election and lost the popular vote. So, by hitting the ground running, he is about where he was in Nov. 8, with fierce supporters and enraged critics in a divided country.
Transitions have a way of quickly in the story. The talks tend to take place for polls, if Donald Trump actually is about.
Spicer vs. Acosta
On “Media Buzz” yesterday, incoming White House press secretary and Sean Spicer, reinforced his criticism of Jim Acosta, said the CNN correspondent was “childish” and “disrespectful” again and again to interrupt Donald Trump at a press conference. But then he went a step further.
Spicer said Acosta, “a song about the events of the day, he was 100 percent wrong.” After the show, I reached out to CNN for comment, and the network backing up its reporters is urgent.
Spicer says Acosta claims that in a conversation after the presser, the speaker “told him that if he is asked a difficult question [the next time], he would be removed, this is 100 percent not true.” As Spicer the episode, Acosta told do not agree with his assertion that he is disrespectful to the President.
“I said, ‘Jim, I want to be clear, if it happens again, I removed it, the same way we would remove a protester who was as disrespectful as he has done.” Spicer added that he and Trump have no problem with “hard” questions.
Acosta had demanded, recognised to be, after Trump criticized CNN’s role in public relations is a gratuitous dossier claimed that the Russians had “compromising” information about him, but without ventilation no details. Trump refused and kept disparaging CNN.
A CNN spokesman said to me, “As we have learned, many times, just because Sean Spicer says something, doesn’t make it true.
“Jim Acosta is an experienced reporter with the highest level of integrity and extensive experience in both the White house and the President-elect. Persistent and ask the difficult questions, is his job, and he has our full support.”
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET). 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.