- Dec 2015
IF and I emphasize the word *IF* the press was kind to Obama......? There were reasons. Good, actually GREAT, reasons.Here's one thing I've said for awhile that I hope people on the left agree with. If and when a democrat is sitting in the white house again, I hope all media outlets treat said democrat as viciously as Trump. Don't get me wrong, Trump deserves the harsh criticisms he's received. But most media outlets treated Obama with kid gloves and I hope they don't do the same with the next democratic president.
For starters Obama had three really good press secretaries and regular press conferences, allowing journalists almost unlimited opportunities to ask questions and get respectful answers. According to some sources, Obama probably had the smartest, most finely calibrated press operation in White House history. The press secretaries had a keen sense of humor--usually a calm, cool demeanor. They were not insulting or demeaning.
The scandals & lies were limited, unlike Trump. Comments by the president and his staff were intelligent, measured, thoughtful, and laid-back....almost an atmosphere of "nothing to see here, folks".
As Obama said:
“I complained plenty about Fox News, but you never heard me threaten to shut them down, or call them ‘enemies of the people.’”
This just comes down to respect and intelligence. Period. Trump has verbally assaulted the press for 3 years. He's been caught in so many lies--so many scandals--the press has every right to slam him for that.
The press is supposed to be the watch-dog and they are supposed to question everything a sitting president does and says. Let's hope the next president understands that, accepts that and DOESN'T need that.
The Trump presidency has been exhausting.