CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter begrudgingly admitted Sunday that President Donald Trump is winning his so-called “messaging war” with congressional Democrats.
In explaining why, Stelter suggested it’s because Democrats refuse to abide by what one could argue are the media’s wishes and push for the immediate impeachment of their shared enemy.
“President Trump is winning the messaging war about impeachment,” he said. “Democrats are losing. And I’m noticing that the Dems are under increasing pressure, including from members of the media, to explain their mixed messaging and their failure to communicate.”
While Stelter, who’s known for distorting the news, tried to portray the media as just being interested in trying to uncover the truth, the evidence suggests otherwise.
Though multiple polls have shown that a majority of Americans oppose impeaching Trump, the media keeps talking about impeachment nonstop. It’s a “self-perpetuating news cycle about impeachment,” Fox News host Jesse Watters put it during a discussion three months ago.
“The whole news cycle is driven by impeachment through the press,” he said. “The press wants to book Democrats who want to impeach the President. They invite them on and they say impeach and then they do a segment on it. Then the media runs a poll on impeachment and they do a segment on the poll.”
“Then the media asks Donald Trump about impeachment. He says it, then they do a segment. They ask the Democrats running for President about impeachment, then they do a segment. It’s a self-perpetuating news cycle about impeachment.”
And no matter how many times Democrat Party leaders dismiss the idea, the media keep haranguing them about it.
“With Trump, journalists keep uncovering allegations of corruption and obstruction,” Stelter continued Sunday. “The list of potentially impeachable conduct grows longer every week, but the political coverage is usually about the process, not the substance, the process.”
“Which Democrats support an impeachment inquiry. Which don’t? Will they impeach? Won’t they? And to be fair to the reporters chasing the story every day, they are covering the story, because the process is a mess. The mixed messages have become the story instead of the substance.”
That may be because perhaps there’s actually no substance. During his rant, Stelter displayed pictures of headline stories that allegedly prove his point about “potentially impeachable conduct.” The problem was that the headlines were almost all bogus.
“Air Force says it sent crews to Trump’s Scottish resort up to 40 times,” one headline from Politico read.
Except that the dubious allegations contained in that story have already been debunked.
“A nonprofit paid to rent Trump’s D.C. hotel ballrooms. Its headliners: Pence and Pompeo,” another sensational headline, this one from The Washington Post, read.
The allegations contained in that story have also been debunked — not to mention mocked:
Now if President Trump can get the whole administration to troll as well as he does, more people will see how ridiculous WaPo, NYT, CNN, and the rest have become.#MediaBias @MAGAhttps://t.co/oUhxWytC50
— Robert DePree (@rightly) September 14, 2019
“[The media] keep breaking news about this topics,” Stelter continued, “what the head of the ethics group Public Citizen recently called ‘the normalization of corruption.’ This week a federal appeals court revived a lawsuit saying that Trump is violating the Constitution by doing business with foreign governments.”
However, this too doesn’t appear to prove anything.
“A federal appeals court in New York breathed new life into a case alleging President Trump violated the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause through his continued financial interest in properties in New York City and Washington, D.C.,” the Washington Examiner reported.
“The divided three-judge panel did not say whether it believes Trump violated the Emoluments Clause by serving domestic and foreign governments at his properties but instead said the plaintiffs who brought the case have the legal right to sue.”
“So all of this is going on … but the Democrats, the divisions within the Democratic Party are the big story,” Stelter lamented. ” Meanwhile, the president is winning the messaging war.”
“On Friday morning, he went on a tweetstorm. CNN’s Daniel Dale found in three tweets, the president made three false claims while arguing that he shouldn’t be impeached. He’s making up all of this stuff, lying constantly, yet he’s winning the messaging war.”
The problem with CNN’s fact-checks is that they tend to be petty. For instance, CNN’s Daniel Dale rated Trump’s claim that his administration “will soon have [a] record number of Judges, 2 SC Justices” as false by comparing Trump’s current confirmations to the total confirmations of past presidents.
Amazingly, even Planned Parenthood has shown more honesty than CNN.
“Trump has appointed a record number of judges,” a page on its Action Fund website accurately reads. “As of April 2019, at least 179 federal judges have been nominated to lifetime appointments by President Trump — more than any of his five predecessors.”
Unfortunately, this is how CNN and Stelter invariably operate — by distorting the facts. That being said, Stelter likely wasn’t wrong to note that Trump’s “is winning the messaging war.”
On the other hand, he was probably wrong to assume it’s because of the Democrats’ refusal to impeach, when in reality it’s probably because his messages of prosperity, freedom and economic growth are resonating with the American people, whereas the Democrats’ messages of gun confiscation, free healthcare for illegals are driving them away … and away … and away.