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Kurtz: When Trump his critics mirror of his tactics
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the hypocrisy of Democrats, who point the Finger at Donald Trump and then turn around and mirror his behavior.
Peter Fonda was the device sounds absolutely out of joint.
He went on a profane tweet storm against the President’s policy, the separation of families, encouraged in fact, the first woman, the contact with the Secret Service:
“We should rip Barron Trump of his mother in his arms and put him in a cage with pedophiles and see if the mother married against the giant-a**hole, she is.”
This kind of ugliness was only the beginning. Since deleted tweets, Fonda said, maybe “lies” section should have the wound,” Sarah Sanders, their children taken away and deported to Arkansas. And he called Kristjen Nielsen, “lies, gaping wound that should be put in a cage and poked by passers-by. The cut should be put on the spot in Lafayette Square, naked and whipped by passers-by while they were being filmed for posterity.”
I mean, these violent fantasies are pure sickness. Later, Fonda was coming to his senses and apologize for the “highly inappropriate and vulgar” comments. Sony Pictures referred to his remarks as “despicable, ruthless and dangerous”—but this is not to pull on his new film.
Which helped to trigger a new round in the long-running debate about the sharp tone, the President of Trump and his critics often in this Hyper-partisan atmosphere.
What I see is that the right game to trump the critics and the left constantly of the wild Trump. It becomes a game of what-aboutism, where partisans to justify the harsh language on your page, by clicking on some of the supposedly more nefarious language, by those on the other side.
The President is a street fighter, no question. But I think even many of those who are not can him, especially in the media, fall into the trap of using even worse language against him.
The result is a fight that more and more in the gutter. And it makes Trump-haters look hypocritical when you condemn the use of tactics, for him.
The New York Times calls this the “politics of anger”:
To inspire “Mr. Trump’s rough discourse increasingly seems to be opponent to respond with a vituperative own words. Whether it’s Robert De Niro ‘ s four-letter condemnation at the Tony Awards or a Congress-interns, called the same word to Mr Trump, when he visited the Capitol has created this week, the President is so much anger among his enemies, that some of the boundaries that he himself has shaken a long time ago.”
The paper reminds us that Trump has crazy branded, journalists, legislators, and opponents of the “” “crazy,” “stupid,” “mentally deranged,” “psycho” “sleazy” and “corrupt”. And there are many more, including that the media of the country are the “biggest enemies”.
But for all the emotional and heartfelt criticism of Trump’s now-repealed policy on the separation of the family, those that the Nazi analogies or comparisons throw the conditions of detention in the concentration camps go way too far.
I think there’s often a double standard in the way each side of the excesses are covered. Each of the presidential insult and the verbal punch attracts heavy media attention and auto-criticism, fair enough.
But if DeNiro the F-bomb or Samantha Bee uses the C-word, or trump, is called everything from a thug to the mentally ill, the reaction in many quarters hey, didja, what so-and-so?And Hollywood liberals often applaud.
Both sides are too deeply rooted, and also invested in such attacks, a return to civility. But the media have a special responsibility, each behavior is responsible for the fire.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of “media madness: Donald Trump, the press, and The war for the truth.” You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.