There is no need for further commentary on President Trump’s State of the Union. Those who love him, hate him, or show indifference seem convinced he gave a good speech and chose good points. Even those who really despise the man gave him mild kudos this morning. Polls indicate considerable approval for the State of the Union: 76%, 73%, 78% . . . and these from CBS, ABC and CNN, no less!
What remains, however, is the media bias against him, and possible distortions to deceive listeners. When Trump firmly stated, “Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country,” USA Today’s hideous coverage cut out briefly. We heard, instead, “Tonight, we renew our resolve that America . . . be a socialist country.” Accident? Almost certainly, but I would never put it past them to “cause a glitch.”
It should be noted how many times our President said something very important to, and popular with, Americans, and yet USA Today chose to completely ignore the seated Democrats who did not stand or even applaud America’s many successes, or how obediently they responded when Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat Monarch of the House, indicated for them to stand or remain seated.
At the same time, USA Today had a staff of “researchers” eager to debunk anything the President said, and ran a “counter-commentary of fact-checking” throughout the address. Scraping their so-called “facts” from any source available (as long as it had a differing opinion) or redefining what the President actually said. For instance, when Trump gave a solid number of new jobs in our nation, USA Today chose a different set — “non-farm payrolls” only to slightly diminish the number so they could claim a lie.
Some might say it is a prerogative of a “free press” to report what they choose. Thomas Jefferson certainly disagreed! “The only security of all is in a free press,” he said. But even in his own day, he acknowledged that, “Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.” Ben Franklin dramatically stated that, “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.”
Whether government censorship, ideological, or political disdain, no press is “free” if it ignores, alters or abolishes truth in deference to opinion, popular or not. Napoleon knew that, “Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets,” he said.