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Resist the Temptation of Pointless Press Battles

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As he prepares to assume power, President-elect Trump and those of us who support his agenda of conservative reform should resist the temptation for pointless battles with the press. Liberal media bias is nothing new, and the most successful conservatives, like Reagan, managed to transcend it.

Richard Nixon, on the other hand made a fetish out of fighting with the press and that obsession contributed to his political demise. Constant complaining about media coverage encourages a victim mentality, and makes it less likely that journalists grant better treatment: they won’t want to be seen as backing down.

In primary campaigns with more than a dozen candidates, a contender might gain traction from media bashing, but as the most powerful individual on earth, a sitting president can’t plausibly portray himself as a defenseless victim of some all-powerful journalistic cabal.

 

 

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  1. John D. Fiat  •  Dec 24, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Yeah, but back then, it was nothing like the barrage of BS and fake news that Conservatives have to deal with nowadays. There was no social media or youtube. They didn't even have cable news when Reagan was in. And the synergy of all of this, is just so much more to deal with. I mean, it took months to organize a massive protest back then, because it had to be done via mail and phone calls. But nowadays, these idiots can just go on Facebook and say so and so (i.e Trump) said something "racist" or that "black lives don't matter more than everyone else's" and they'll instantly have a million idiotic protesters at their disposal. For example, if one of them writes, Trump wants to split up families (enforce illegal immigration), so let's show him how wrong and racist that is. Go to #TrumpEvilDeporter! If they did this, there would be a chain of morons from Seattle to TJ within an hour!

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