They Miss Trump so Much and Will Do Anything to Get Him Back
For the New York Times, Trump withdrawal is real!
Hello, dear readers. Parker here.
I’m going to jump right in today. But first…
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The Big Story: Mainstream media desperately wants Trump back in office and can barely hide its excitement
Did you see the front page of yesterday’s New York Times? If not, here you go:
“MOMENTOUS SCENE” — Yowza. Keep it in your pants, man.
From the heroic photo to the cringy language of the article that buried the actual details of the charges facing Trump in the 14th paragraph (“The former president was charged with 31 counts of willfully retaining national defense information under the Espionage Act and one count of making false statements stemming from his interactions with federal investigators and one of his lawyers.”), it was yet another declaration of love from the “failing New York Times” (as Trump likes to call the paper in a bit of kayfabe) to the former president.
In reality, it really wasn’t a “momentous scene,” and Trump pleading not guilty isn’t some sort of shocking development.
During an interview with fellow slimeball and recipient of a Trump presidential pardon, Roger Stone, Trump called on his supporters to protest. Despite this, there were, as MSNBC’s Katie Phang said, what appeared to be “more press than protesters” ahead of his arraignment. It was essentially a retread of what happened when Trump called for protests for his New York indictment.
The people who showed up outside the Miami courthouse seemed to be the usual bunch of weirdos, peddlers of goofy wares, and, of course, the former cult member who always wears a “Blacks For Trump” shirt at Trump events.
There were, at most, a few hundred people there. Far fewer than the thousands that had been anticipated.
What you need to know: mainstream media outlets like the New York Times desperately want Trump back in office, even if they sometimes pretend they don’t. Just look at how stories about his crimes — which are as clear as day — get framed. In short, this is what the Times is saying to Trump:
And if they can’t have Trump, the Times would very much like Ron DeSantis, obviously.
Meanwhile, right-wing media (unsurprisingly) tried to make it seem as though this is outlandish, and there’s not really much of a counternarrative
Check out this Fox News chyron: “Wannabe Dictator Speaks at the White House After Having His Political Rival Arrested.”
Jesus, people. As Emptywheel’s Marcy Wheeler notes, the Biden administration has been as hands-off in the Trump case as possible. Not only that, but Trump is actually getting preferential treatment compared to others accused of similar crimes. The man is, flat-out, a criminal. This really isn’t in dispute! There are pictures of the boxes, filled with classified documents, left on stages and in bathrooms at Trump’s country club. And this was after Trump had refused to cooperate with efforts to retrieve the boxes of documents and lied about which documents he kept in his possession.
Calling Biden a “wannabe dictator” is absolute clown behavior, which is exactly what I expect from Fox News. Meanwhile, a good chunk of mainstream news outlets (see above) aren’t forcefully countering this.
Where are the mainstream news outlets willing to say what every person who has been paying attention already knows, telling audiences that not only is Trump not the victim of a politically motivated prosecution, but he’s been given better treatment because of political considerations?
Aspointed out, “Reality Winner printed and mailed one classified document and didn’t spend a day out of custody for four years from her arrest in early June 2017. She doesn’t even own a private plane and has never fomented the bloody sacking of a US gov’t building.”
“Trump, who stole hundreds of classified documents, disclosed them on more than one occasion, flies his plane internationally, and has started a riot that despoiled the US Capitol is in and out of the courthouse in two hours and doesn't seem to be facing a detention hearing,” Luppen continued.