Much like they did when Sen. John McCain died, the media embraced the memory of former President George H.W. Bush not because they revered the man, but to strike a contrast with President Donald Trump — they praise Bush to then make an unfavorable comparison.
And while the Bush family went out of its way to ensure the 41st president’s funeral service was apolitical, the media more than made up for this with a relentless focus on Trump in their coverage, but ABC News correspondent Terry Moran took things a step further when he mocked the president by fantasizing how he would conduct his own funeral.
“First he’s going to choreograph it. So, there might be more trumpets and fanfare,” Moran said of the idea of Trump someday having a state funeral. “It will be the best presidential funeral ever. No one will ever have seen anything like that funeral.”
That President Trump’s death was central in their mind not wholly unexpected.
To be clear, Moran is not a fan of Trump’s, as seen in his earlier coverage of Bush’s funeral.
“[Bush] recognized that whatever he thought of 45 — and he didn’t much like him — he was put there by the people and the Constitution, and he wanted him at his funeral,” he said.
"[Bush] recognized that whatever he thought of 45 — and he didn't much like him — he was put there by the people and the Constitution, and he wanted him at his funeral” – ABC News’ @TerryMoran
— Start Here – The Daily Podcast from ABC News (@StartHereABC) December 6, 2018
This being a display of how much the media appreciated Bush, injecting politics into what should have been a somber moment that celebrated the former president’s life.
On a day Americans might hope the media would set aside its consuming hatred of President Trump, a classless Moran stooped to a troubling low to disappoint them.
Here’s a sampling of responses from social media users on Twitter:
But of course, GHWB’s funeral isn’t about Trump, were told by the same msn
— Shadyhugs??? (@Shadyhugs) December 6, 2018
Double gross. Not, too, surprised, but had hoped “hate” would have taken a back seat, today.
— Debi Tenneyuque (@Avesmamaw) December 6, 2018
As one observer noted, the correspondents became ‘a bit giddy’ while discussing Trump’s mock funeral.
They became a little bit giddy talking about that. It went from golf announcing to a kid talking about his christmas list.
— brett (@ingallswilliams) December 6, 2018
ABC was so sick and twisted on this one. Shame on them. Does anyone still question the left wing slant of the media? What would the public reaction have been if ABC had theorized about Obama’s funeral?
— Paul Schoessler (@PaulSchoessler) December 7, 2018
This is why ABC news is known as fake news they can even let a man be buried and peace without dragging our president through the mud shame on you ABC
— Floyd (@Floyd02967307) December 6, 2018
@TerryMoran How do you know for sure about what 41 thought of 45? Of course he would want the sitting president at his funeral. It would be ridiculous to think otherwise. He was not a petty person and I suspect he didn’t make every single thing about President Trump.
— Kate Johnson (@kaideejay) December 6, 2018
ABC “reporters” just couldn’t bring themselves to show grace & manners on a day of mourning for a man known for his grace and manners, could they? And then they will wail about “lack of civility” in our public discourse. Hypocrites, all.
— Reine (@ReineDeTout) December 6, 2018
@TerryMoran web coverage of G.H.W. Bush’s funeral was typical ABC garbage. Moran’s comment about imagining Trumps funeral shows just how far, or low, the liberal media is willing to go. Moran/ABC should apologize but it would be 100% meaningless.
— Gregg Bundy (@bundy_gregg) December 6, 2018
You take a funeral to continue knocks at our current President? Real classy and this is why we should take liberal media seriously? ?
— Beaglemama (@anndas6) December 7, 2018
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