Mainstream media “crossed the Rubicon” with blatant lies about President Trump’s Mount Rushmore Independence Day address, wrote Wall Street Journal (WSJ) columnist Holman W. Jenkins Jr. Tuesday.
In his op-ed, Jenkins claimed that liberal press members distorted the president’s speech on July 3 and introduced his own story of an “unparalleled drive to preserve Confederate symbols and the legacy of white dominance.”
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But the New York Times – though he labeled the address “dark and divisive”
Jenkins also pointed out that when the president “released his uninformed Twitter rant about NASCAR’s misunderstood audio event” and its ban on Confederate symbols just a day later, the Times again stated that Trump “specifically avoided mentioning anything related to Confederate monuments.”
“Which, I suppose, means that Trump’s defense testimonies are not the only ones bothered by Rubicon that we have crossed when mainstream press offices and a US senator flagrantly lie about the contents of a presidential address,” he said.
Meanwhile, WSJ editorial assistant Daniel Henninger wrote Wednesday that the president’s speech on July 4 was “a detailed, articulated defense of American history and values” the “evening news” ignored in favor of “downer-ism” following “unprecedented events. “
“You saw a directory of violence this weekend, murders and more protests. Not least was the toppling in Rochester, NY, of a statue of Frederick Douglass, a founding father of Black American pride,” he said.
“These are times – and emotions – that are not suitable for conventional political analysis,” Henninger argued.
“As the election nears, the Trump-wielding media has decided that his commitment to” truth “requires distortions of reality, such as his Mount Rushmore speech being” dark “, protesters are voices of light (really) and the reviving economy is actually declining , “he wrote. “But much of the media propagates this downfall-to-horizon scenario – the threat of death or unlimited systemic racism – when the public is focused on finding an upside and an exit from what they have just gone through.”
In a Thursday talk on “America’s Newsroom”, Henninger expanded his commentary, explaining that “conventional metrics and analyzes” have moved out of the 2020 window.
While “coalitions” are moving in the aftermath of nationwide protests against George Floyd’s death and among the coronavirus pandemics, Henninger said the president was “on something with that Mount Rushmore century.”
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“I probably think it would be a good idea if he expanded on some of those ideas [and] maybe handled hope and fear for people living in the dangerous cities, the inner-city neighborhoods, “he advised.
“And since I just don’t think we’re in a normal choice at all. People are focused on these two events and they will leave their votes, I think, based on which candidate they think is best for addressing the aftermath of these events . “