“Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right and I’m stuck in the middle…”
The lyrics from that oldies tune seemed oh, so appropriate as I caught the headlines this week, like they were written just for this time and this political environment.
I keep hoping that I’ll wake up from this dream that is increasingly causing me to avoid the daily news.
One the one hand I think it’s obvious to most people that you have this overwhelming—and often over the top–media bias against the President. The head of CNN in the last election campaign said that he wasn’t sure that they could even try to be objective in their treatment of someone like Donald Trump and then proceeded to play that out so much so that most realized CNN had become the “Clinton News Network”. Then on election night, ABC’s pseudo journalist Martha Radaatz literally broke down in tears on the air when she realized that Trump had won. A just released Harvard study showed that Trump has gotten more negative media coverage than any other President in our generation. And the political opposition Trump is so deep-seated as to become hated and almost rabid.
On the other hand, let’s be clear that Trump gets a lot of the media coverage that he deserves (just because they hate you and think you are crazy, doesn’t necessarily mean you aren’t actually crazy) It should also be every bit as obvious that we have a President who has the maturity level of a middle school kid, and an outsized ego (even for a politician, which is saying something) combined with a thin skin which is never a good combination. Forget what you think of his policies, we have a guy in the Oval Office who made much of his name and money from tabloid publicity and is now taking that approach to running the most powerful country in the world.
My head hurts when I think of it. The pace of craziness is probably unprecedented outside of a third world banana republic. It seems like a long time ago that President Trump fired the Director of the FBI, yet it actually was just earlier this week. That news, big though it was, has been overshadowed by charges of sharing intelligence with the Russian ambassador, and charges that the President pressured the FBI to drop an investigation of his former advisor. Those may be true or may be leaks designed to discredit the President, we don’t have all the facts yet. Of course all that is inevitably followed by the latest predictions of impeachment by the media and that paragon of virtue and common sense, Rep. Maxine Waters. And now the Justice Dept. has now appointed a special counsel to….well, hopefully to just make it all stop.
How do we stop the ‘scandal a day’ news cycle? How can we get our President to stop doing incredibly stupid things and how can we get his opponents and the media to quit trying to make it their personal goal to bring him down no matter what it takes?
“Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right…”…and I feel stuck in the middle, along with the American people.