But even in an Acosta-less world, the theory would still have some merit. Press and major network news programs regularly vilify the President and — by extension — anyone who supports him (as evidenced here, here, and here).
Along those lines, buckle up and put in your mouthpiece — this one’s gonna be a real slap in the face.
On MSNBC’s Meet the Press Daily Friday, New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg decided she’d give you a really, really excellent reason to cancel your subscription.
Firstly, Caitlin Huey-Burns — reporter for RealClearPolitics — incidentally referred to Trump as “the leader of the free world,” mid-insult.
Goldberg took issue with that characterization:
“He’s not the leader of the free world. But, sorry…”
…and, remember — this is someone who’s bringing you the news…
“Angela Merkel is the leader of the free world. … He’s a sort of junior player in a bloc of authoritarian countries. … He’s part of a bloc that includes [Russian President] Vladimir Putin, [Philippines President Rodrigo] Duterte. … He’s part of kind of an axis of power of thugs.”*
And that’s the news, folks.
But not quite all.
[*I believe the word she used is “thugs.” See for yourself in the video below.]
Host Katy Tur provided a hair of pushback:
“[Trump] is not rounding people up and murdering them without any due process.”
Ready for Goldberg’s reply? Sit back:
“He would certainly like to.”
Seriously — that was her reply.
That gets you a job at The New York Times.
Katy offered a counterargument.
Now, what might you think that would be? Something along the lines of “You are really, really, really insane” might fit the bill.
She went for something with significantly less punch:
“I don’t think you can say that definitively, Michelle.”
NOTE: “I don’t THINK you can say that DEFINITIVELY.”
She doesn’t think. Definitively. You know — maybe a little murder, sure. But not just a complete extermination of the planet. Some, of course. But let’s keep a little perspective.
And that, Jim Acosta, is that.
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