Sunday, I found myself accidentally at close range of what turned into another big media controversy over President Trump. I was a guest on Fox News’ “Judge Jeanine” (we’ll have a link to that video up elsewhere), appearing right after her monologue in which she called on Paul Ryan to step down as Speaker over House Republicans’ embarrassing failure to pass an Obamacare repeal and replacement bill.
Earlier, Trump had tweeted to his followers to be sure to watch Jeanine Pirro’s show, so the media naturally leaped to the conclusion that he was endorsing her message to Ryan, which had yet to be revealed. Trump has praised Ryan for his efforts, and the White House insists he didn’t know in advance what the Judge would say in her monologue, he was just giving a plug to his friend and supporter’s show.
I think it’s interesting that when it suits the media to depict Trump as a clueless know-nothing, that’s the story; and when it suits them to depict him as a Machiavellian manipulator who was psychic enough to know in advance what Judge Pirro would say, that’s the story.
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