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Kurtz: Why the press is not the ‘greatest enemy’
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz reacts to President Trump’s tweet calling the media the “Land of the greatest enemy.”
The President can Trump, said yesterday that it is “to be seen no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea,” but the remains.
The White house can insist, there is no trade war with the us allies—consultant Peter Navarro has apologised for his “special place in hell” slam on Justin Trudeau—but the result remains to be seen.
But there is one thing that is clear: Donald Trump, after nearly 17 months in office, now the Republican party is.
The latest evidence was the primary defeat in South Carolina Congressman Mark Sanford, the former Governor, whose term of office was overshadowed by a sex scandal after he was found, crept with his Argentine mistress. Sanford did not lose because of the trump tweet to say with the hours in the time of the vote (to, “he is better in Argentina”—Yes, he went there), but because he had criticized the policy of the President. This is why most of the GOP legislators are afraid to challenge Trump on everything.
So, if the Republicans in these midterm elections, members of the Trumpist party are now, what you have to run?
A large economy, to be sure, to cook together, to 3.8 per cent unemployment, and a President who excels in the culture war. But what is the impact of the Singapore summit and the G-7-a blowup?
As Dan Balz put it in The Washington Post, “The question is, can he gain something politically from these efforts in the absence of demonstrable benefits?”
The President, for his part, is the fault of the media for detecting the size of the summit:
To watch “So funny is the Fake news, especially NBC and CNN. They are fighting hard to shut down the deal with North Korea. 500 days ago, you would have “asked” for this deal-looked like war would break out. Our country is the greatest enemy of the Fake-News is published so easy to fool!”
First, as someone who wrote a book about the media’s predominantly negative reporting from Trump, the press, even the worst press is not “our country is the greatest enemy.” A greater enemy than Kim Jong Un? As the, is, what, the guy’s name is Vladimir Putin? I wish the President would stop with this over-the-top rhetoric.
Second, Trump is a fair point that some are gone in the press to vilify out of your way, Kim, as I wrote yesterday. And it is certainly true that he reduced nuclear tensions by a meeting with the North Korean dictator and the Start of a negotiation process.
But the press is right to push back against presidential statement, that it is no longer a nuclear threat. Kim agreed, and nothing concrete in the joint statement, only a General target. All of the thorny details to disarmament and inspections, and the easing of U.S. sanctions. The North Koreans have always lied again, that your nukes. And the whole process could eventually collapse, as the President has confirmed.
So it is unlikely there will be tangible results., the of November
Whatever the President is furious about the reporting, this is not only a product of the liberal media. Erick Erickson, the conservative blogger and radio host—and a great asset to the critics—wrote this yesterday:
“The President is pissing in the punch bowl of the G7 countries, insists the Russians are coming back in the organization, then she flies to Singapore to kissy face with a man, the routine is a killer moderate his own people.
“Had it made Barack Obama, the Republicans would be calling for his impeachment.”
But Obama is history, and the Republicans are now the trump party.
It is a lot of hypocrisy on all sides. The President deserves recognition for the first Kim to the table, but at the moment there is no offer. The press should be held accountable for their double standards, but it is not, I repeat, is America’s enemy.
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.