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Fox News host Greg Gutfeld said Sunday that President Donald Trump has exposed the media as little more than “an emotional moving tantrum.”
Appearing on “MediaBuzz,” Gutfeld was asked by host and colleague Howard Kurtz to comment on the media reaction to Trump questioning how devout presumptive 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden is when it comes to his Catholic faith.
“The media can mock Catholicism, any kind of Christianity, but if somebody they don’t like does it, then all of a sudden it’s sacrilegious,” Gutfeld said.
“The one thing you know about Trump is that he is always reciprocal in insults, meaning you come after him, he’s coming after you,” he added. “We have been doing this for four years, the idea of continuing to be surprised by his insults is like waking up every morning and being surprised by a sunrise.”
Gutfeld pointed out that Biden had recently criticized Trump on religion, saying as a result it’s fair game.
Kurtz pointed to how the media is always quick to portray the president as “erratic,” using mail in voting as an example. Gutfeld suggested the real challenge may be a capacity issue for the U.S. Postal Service.
The discussion then shifted to the media’s converge of the coronavirus.
“The media portrays everything Trump does as evil, so you cannot take their assessment of his Covid response seriously,” Gutfeld observed. “Especially when they said nothing at the start. From CNN to the Washington Post, they all played down the pandemic early on, comparing it to the flu and so on, and offered no path forward. So their armchair quarterbacking needs to be dismissed.”
He also noted that the U.S. response to the virus is opposite of an autocracy and can’t be compared to other countries.
“The problem here, bottom line, the media cannot handle more than one data point,” Gutfeld said. “So they look at cases, but they don’t look at age, death rates, population density, island versus not island, or living situations in general. So you can’t take them seriously. This is a once in a lifetime event. And I think we achieved what we set out to achieve, which was flatten the curve and try to control the death rate.”
After citing examples of Trump “shattering norms,” as portrayed by the media, Kurtz asked his guest if “everything gets dialed up to 11 with this president?”
“The response from the medias has been dialed up to 433, Gutfeld said. “Their hair is on fire — you can actually see their hair from space because it’s like a giant wildfire. You could see it from Saturn.”
“When your hair is on fire for four years, no one’s listening to you,” he continued. “The greatest thing that Trump did was he exposed what the media’s really like. That they’re an emotional moving tantrum and when things don’t go their way, they come after you.”
In discussing his book, where he calls on readers to resist the media’s command to expand destructive narratives, Gutfeld said “the content, especially with the growth of social media is now discontent.”
“If you can get people upset, they tend to click more. So a lot of the stories are framed in a way to kind of upset you,” he said, adding that Fox “is the least offender” because the network believes in the American people.
“I do not feel that way about the media, the rest of the mainstream media, Gutfeld said. “If we were at each other’s throat the media can maintain a stranglehold on us. The minute we get rid of these identity politics and intersectionality and kinda band together, the media would lose its power. I think once you understand it, it becomes obvious.”
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