The moment a mainstream media journalist took a second to say something kind to President Donald Trump for a change — versus incessantly trying to smear him — the rest of her peers in the demonstrably partisan, left-wing media pounced on her like a lion.
“No matter what your politics are, I have to say that I appreciate the access @realDonaldTrump gives us on a regular basis and the ability to ask any question,” ABC News correspondent Kyra Phillips graciously tweeted early Friday evening.
No matter what your politics are, I have to say that I appreciate the access @realDonaldTrump gives us on a regular basis and the ability to ask any question. @PressSec @johnrobertsFox pic.twitter.com/CLutdtZRlj
— Kyra Phillips (@KyraPhillips) July 19, 2019
It was an understandable sentiment, given as the Trump administration has been far more transparent than the administration of former President Barack Hussein Obama.
So much so, in fact, that two years ago even ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl — who’s not exactly a fan of the administration — gave Trump props for it.
“I have probably had more opportunities to ask questions of President Trump over the past two weeks than I had of President Obama during the last two years of his presidency,” he said at the time.
Moreover, as of -mid, 2019, the current president had yet to spy on any reporters.
“The Obama administration, on the other hand, declared open war on the press in a take-no-prisoners kind of way,” Canadian radio broadcaster Michael Enright pointed out in a column two months ago.
“Obama’s justice department tapped reporters’ phones, dragged reporters into court, and prosecuted three times as many cases targeting leakers than all previous administrations combined.”
Yet here’s how America’s allegedly unbiased, allegedly non-partisan “journalists” reacted to Phillips thanking Trump for providing a level of press access certainly higher than Obama:
How does having access to a habitual liar serve the public good? I’ll wait.
— C. J. H. (@ConvilleH) July 20, 2019
This is a sickening example of the love some journalists have for access over everything.
— John Russell (@JohnRussell99) July 21, 2019
You are a network reporter. You do not need to kiss any politician’s ass in public. Let alone one who calls journalists, “the enemy of the people.” JFC.
— Chris Bury (@ChrisBuryNews) July 21, 2019
This ain’t it
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 21, 2019
You’re literally bragging about being an access journalist.
— Jonathan M. Katz✍? (@KatzOnEarth) July 21, 2019
As interview requests go, this is pretty 101 stuff @KyraPhillips . This level of fawning might get you a retweet from @POTUS , but if you want the one-on-one interview you’ll need to kiss the ring much harder than this.
— Teymoor Nabili (@teymoornabili) July 21, 2019
He calls us the enemy of the people and you spew this bullshit.
— Jeremy Schneider (@J_Schneider) July 20, 2019
Is this supposed to be sarcasm or are you angling to be the next Press Secretary? What good is being able to ask any question when you never get a coherent, honest answer?
— Dave Hogg (@stareagle) July 20, 2019
What an embarrassing thing for this reporter to tweet. https://t.co/cNNXcbGXe1
— Soledad O’Brien (@soledadobrien) July 20, 2019
Siri, give me an example of Stockholm Syndrome in the American media. https://t.co/pGyLb9aVFm
— Charles Arthur (@charlesarthur) July 20, 2019
So much journalisming. Keep in mind that every single one of the tweeters above identifies himself or herself as a so-called “journalist.” What’s particularly ironic is that these are among the same journalists who actually kissed the butt of Obama during his eight years in office.
To be clear, Phillips was not kissing Trump’s butt. She was just thanking him for press access. Note also how she explicitly pointed out that her tweet wasn’t meant to be political.
“No matter what your politics are …,” she’d written.
Yet it became political because of the far-left, which couldn’t stand the thought of the president being complimented for anything. See the far-left’s reaction below:
No matter what your politics are, you have to agree it’s not too late to delete this tweet.
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) July 20, 2019
This is garbage
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) July 20, 2019
— ? Kim (@kim) July 21, 2019
Seriously, though, @KyraPhillips is pathetic
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) July 20, 2019
Seriously @KyraPhillips? He pathologically-lies to you when you ask those questions, and he calls you the enemy of the people. You might wanna rethink that “appreciation”… #Trump https://t.co/pa3WPGVBMz
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) July 21, 2019
This is Stockholm Syndrome. https://t.co/yUBTE0oe8v
— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) July 20, 2019
This is the most fall-off-your-chair-she can’t-be-serious pile of upside down wtf’ness I’ve ever seen. Is she trolling? Displaying master level snarkiness?
This is from a journalist. This can’t be for real. https://t.co/0927unX783
— bob clendenin (@bobclendenin) July 20, 2019
The corporate Fourth Estate enables the Fourth Reich, part amillionty. https://t.co/NcfYXhQoLA
— Scot Ross (@rossacrosswi) July 20, 2019
Keep in mind these are all far-left activists (if not outright extremists, as is the case with Media Matters contributor Parker Molloy) whose Twitter feeds are littered with anti-Trump tweets.
What’s remarkable is how these far-left activists’ tweets mirror those of the media’s “journalists” to a T. It suggests, at the very least, that actual journalist Lara Logan wasn’t wrong when she pointed out earlier this year that “85 percent of journalists are registered Democrats” who’ve sacrificed their pursuit of truth in favor of left-wing propaganda.
“[A]ll the coverage on Trump all the time is negative,” she said. “That tells you that distortion of the way things go in real life. Because although the media has always been left-leaning, we’ve abandoned our pretense or at least the effort to be objective today.”
To the point that merely complimenting the president on something that’s factually accurate — that he provides fairly decent press access — is grounds for mass outrage. Sad.
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