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Kurtz: Why the McCain farewell Has litmus to a Test
Howard Kurtz weighs in, why Senator John McCain has test the farewell to a political litmus.
No matter, when John McCain left this earth, he would have been in the highest tones praised by the journalists, who admired him enormously, even though she liked him much better when he’s on his own party.
But because he died in the trump era, there are many in the media the honors of an implicit or explicit contrast is drawn, with the help of the President, the majority of these journalists decided not to admire.
And President of the Trump has been in the heats, to say that the story of balking, something positive about the 81-year-old senator after his death on Saturday, according to The Washington Post, over the pile of throw-a plan by John Kelly, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and other members of staff, the White house put out a statement praising McCain as a hero.
And to read in the final words of his former campaign chief Rick Davis, McCain appeared to be, a subtle admission by saying, we should not confuse patriotism with “tribal rivalries” and “weaken it, if we hide behind walls rather than tear down.”
Trump, after a violent relapse, again lowering the White house flag at half-staff yesterday in a statement that “in spite of our differences on strategy and policy, which I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country.”
I will leave it to the readers and viewers decide which of these two tough opponents, which you prefer. But there is simply no question that the former Vietnam POW a hero’s farewell, many journalists and commentators, implied deliver rebuke trump.
It is a case study in the discrepancy between the way the media, the politicians, the you like treat, personally and ideologically, and those you don’t like. McCain, the once-jokingly to the press “my base” tremendous access, and the most common was a Sunday guest of each show. Trump says that 80 percent of the media, fake news, and frequently attacks on journalists and their branches, but provides more access than is generally realized, because he could not hold formal press conferences.
None of which should matter when it comes to reporting, but it works.
Post columnist David Ignatius, while recognizing the late senator defects, begins a piece in this way:
“John McCain’s death provides a moment to reflect on the uprisings in the GOP, which annoyed him during his last decade as a politician, and the produced in the Donald Trump-a man who he seemed to hate it, couldn’t figure it out but how to stop.”
Ignatius, a “Morning Joe” light, goes on to say that he thinks McCain was among those who could never imagine that plenty of Americans “would actually vote for someone of such low moral character. McCain’s refusal thus gaining valuable time on Trump, like other Republicans, was one of his best moments.”
So it will be a litmus test: If, as McCain, you are a person who have to get up of moral character, then, to Trump.
New York Times columnist David Leonhardt careful McCainism hug “,” but first feels obliged to tell the reader about the conservative legislators on the bad side:
“I am aware that McCain could be maddeningly inconsistent and flawed. He equivocated about the Confederate flag in 2000. He often Mitch McConnell added ‘ s flaring by Senate standards. For God’s sake, McCain, Sarah Palin, decided in the Vice-President should. As he himself stated, he had much more against the Republican extremism.”
And yet, the piece says, “the sum of his career is still a viable alternative to Trump, McConnell and the rest of today’s Republican leadership.”
And so, like so much else in today’s society, everyone must be judged on where he or she stands on trump or his policies. The bitterness between the two men makes that a simple story, but it is not the only story.
John McCain was shot down over Hanoi in 1967. He was first elected to Congress in 1982. He had a whole career, a whole life, before Trump took office last year.
To assess these wounded warriors through the lens of Trumpism is unfair and makes me suspect that too many in the media feel compelled to know everything about this President.
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.