According to Joe Conch, media reporter for The Hill, President Donald Trump has seen more positive coverage of his state visit to the United Kingdom in the overseas press in the American media, which has focused more on the negative.
Appearing on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday morning, Concha was asked to compare the difference in media coverage seen in the U.K. to that seen in the U.S., and he pointed to the case involving disgraced actor Jussie Smollett.
“The Chicago media had one story, and our national media had a completely different story,” he said.
“I kind of feel the same way about the British press,” Concha added. “They’re on the ground, they know how London works, they know the people and they’re portraying this thing a lot more positively, as you just showed, than the U.S. media, who are concentrating almost solely on these protests.”
Concha reminded the Fox News early morning crew that the protests this week in London were only “about a third as large as they were when President Trump went there in July of 2018.”
A tidbit of news that is not getting much airplay in the states.
“All we’re seeing, basically, is this Trump Baby Blimp,” he sais. “Which is getting more coverage than the O.J. Bronco. I see this thing constantly. … It’s typical of what we’ve seen with Trump. If it’s negative, that’s the way we’re gonna go.”
But then, a 2018 Media Research Center analysis showed more than 90 percent of the evening news coverage of Trump was negative, so this is not breaking news.
Concha took notice of how well Trump got along with Prime Minister Theresa May and his camaraderie with Queen Elizabeth, saying the president has come across as a “strong leader” and “competent” in his appearances alongside the prime minister and the Queen.
Clips were played of negative coverage seen on MSNBC, where Buckingham Palace is mentioned in the same breath as to a “tailgate party at Yankee Stadium,” and on CNN.
Noting that television is a visual medium, Concha said “the optics” show that in terms of all the ceremonies he has attended, Trump “has come across as a strong leader who is very competent in these situations.”
“And then you hear the punditry on our side, of people guessing what’s going on or sharing their feelings on certain subjects,” he added. “And that’s the problem, we’re getting way too many opinions based solely on speculation and how people perceive things instead of what people see on their screens.”
Concha recalled Ronald Reagan’s reception in West Germany, where he was called a fascist, to say protests are going to happen, but they shouldn’t be the focus of media pundits out to portray Trump as a “buffoon on the world stage.”
“It’s clearly showing that he knows what he’s doing here,” Concha declared.
This much was evident in the president’s final engagement with the Queen, which was the D-Day 75th-anniversary ceremony in Portsmouth.
“It was a great honor to be with you,” Trump reportedly told Her Majesty, as he said goodbye, making a short trip to Ireland, before going to Normandy on Thursday to mark D-Day.
He referred to the Queen as a “great, great woman” in commenting to the media.
Queen Elizabeth told President Trump, “I hope you come to this country again soon,” according to the Daily Mail.
That certainly sounds like his visit was more of a success than the American media will ever let on.
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