Friday, January 27, 2017

Scarborough warns Trump on fighting with the press: The media always wins

At Hot Air by Allah Pundit  -- 

Via Mediaite, the best part comes at the end when the camera cuts to a tighter shot of Joe and he speaks directly to it. The chyron might as well be “I Know You’re Watching, Donald, So Listen Closely.”

If it were true that the media always won, President Hillary Clinton would be wrapping up her first week on the job today. Scarborough’s ready for that comeback, though: Trump is at ~40 percent approval, he notes, and Hillary was conspicuously weak opposition. He can’t go on this way flailing at everyone who makes him unhappy and expect to preserve his political capital. Can’t he, though?

The point of Bannon’s attack on the media yesterday was to lock down the devotion of the American right, which, if it works, will cement that 40 percent as Trump’s floor. It’s us or them, Bannon seemed to be saying of the press. If you dislike the media, you must rally behind Trump. If that works, and it probably will, it’ll make Trump bulletproof on the right as reporters fire one story after another at him questioning his judgment and his basic fitness for office. As for the rest of the electorate, Bannon probably believes (not incorrectly) that another 10-15 percent can be won over with the right mix of policy outcomes notwithstanding people’s suspicions about Trump personally.

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