CNN and the rest of the liberal bubble media made good on Trump’s “thank you,” and the president’s campaign were pantomiming chef’s kisses when it was over. The media is so entrenched in its worldview that they totally miss everything going into the audience’s eyeballs.
On Tuesday morning, President Trump thanked CNN for it’s more-than-fair coverage of the RNC. In fact, over the span of the convention, CNN had more hours devoted to the RNC than Fox News, and in general ran every speech and even the promotional videos without breaking in or excessive commentary.
Kudos to CNN and ABC News. Nobody can say a word about them giving Democrats more time, because they didn’t. They bent over backwards to give the RNC more time and a fair hearing. I think their thinking is that Trump will dig his own holes, and they’ll hand him the shovel. But the media dug its own holes instead.
I watched most of the pre-10pm hours of the convention on ABC, where the media bubble was so palpable, I almost literally saw soap dripping from my screen. It was (unintentionally) comical watching George Stephanopoulos lead the ABC lineup of Chris Christie, Rahm Emanuel, along with the field reporters joining protesters outside the White House.
First, they’d comment how a few thousand were gathered on the White House lawn without masks or social distancing, then immediately cut to an unmasked field reporter marching with protesters in Black Lives Matter Square, who were also generally unmasked and not observing social distancing.
It’s this kind of obliviousness to cognitive dissonance that audiences saw, and it reinforced Trump’s core message. He didn’t have to say a word about masks, because the media presented his case in a powerful, visual way. Nobody remembers speeches, but everyone remembers what they saw. This totally blunts the Biden campaign’s play on Trump’s coronavirus response.
Images of burning buildings with field reporters in the foreground talking about “mostly peaceful” demonstrations also leaves people frustrated and feeling they are being lied to. The Democrats, and the Biden campaign’s cynical 180 degree swing on the violence, only when their polling numbers and internal focus group data showed it was hurting them is also not lost on the eyeballs watching the news.
The Republican convention was more “normal” than the Democrats. Despite the tut-tutting and “oh if Bush did this we would be murdered for it” of Trump’s choice of using the White House as his venue, it worked. Trump isn’t scared of being murdered in the media, and in fact craves it. The spectacle, though questionable in legality and certainly in ethics, was exactly what many tired Americans craved.
Americans who live outside the bicoastal liberal bubble, where Trump can do nothing right, saw the positive, optimistic, can-do, in person, RNC presentation, well-staged, with high production values, poignant at times, and not really boring, and they compared it to the DNC’s phone-in Zoom-a-thon. They saw the burning of Kenosha, the preening of sports stars like the Mets and Marlins walking off the field and leaving a BLM t-shirt at home plate.
They saw LeBron and the NBA jump to conclusions over Jacob Blake’s shooting, siding with violent professional rioters from Seattle over Kyle Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse, 17, was wrong to come to Kenosha with a rifle, and is now charged with first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree reckless homicide, faces life in prison if convicted. People can easily see how the media covers for the rioters yet calls for Rittenhouse’s head on a platter.
These visuals help Trump. The Democrats called forth the violent, the lunatic fringe, the aberrant, the freak-show, to “take to the streets” to combat Trump for the last four years. They fed and pampered and showered these people with kisses and money. They encouraged people to harass politicians in their personal lives, at restaurants and at their homes. They threatened safety, property, and innocent lives.
Now they see how four years of doing that has stained them, as bad as, and possibly worse than Trump’s association with the likes of Roger Stone and Paul Manafort. Worse than Trump’s fascination with brutal dictators.
Trump hit these themes in his (too long, if you ask me) Thursday night acceptance speech, which nobody will really remember. But one statement resonates.
At the Democrat National Convention, Joe Biden and his party repeatedly assailed America as a land of racial, economic, and social injustice. So tonight, I ask you a very simple question: How can the Democrat Party ask to lead our country when it spends so much time tearing down our country?
No amount of hand-waving can make that question go away. The answer is not given in words, but in visuals. While Trump can show people going back to work, Arabs and Israelis wishing each other happy holidays, and the spectacle of normalcy with the White House in the background, Democrats and the bubble media can show burning, screaming at the sky, and fearful old men speaking from basements.
Thank you CNN. You and the other media helped Trump immeasurably. You may even, like in 2016, push him to victory.