BY ALLEN WEST
This past week, Media Research Center released another updated report on the liberal progressive media’s coverage of President Trump. And there’s no new news here. The report found that the leftist media produces 90 percent negative coverage of President Trump. If you are one who channel surfs between different news agencies, you tend to believe some are on a different planet. The left’s abject obsession with a porn star, to include a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live, is rather unconscionable, but sadly, it is what we have come to expect.
Last week provided clear examples of the unabashed bias of the liberal progressive media. I dare not call them mainstream because they are out of touch with mainstream America. The astonishing point, which they seem to not recognize, is that what they are doing is a losing strategy. As a matter of fact, the once highly vaunted and acclaimed “blue wave” predicted for this midterm election is fading into a ripple in a pond caused by a frog. It was a CNN poll that evidences the deteriorating advantage that was once touted by the progressive socialist left. How ironic that this revelation came because of a CNN poll.
We witnessed the release of three Americans last week. They had been held hostage by the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. This feat was given a whopping 30 seconds of coverage by one very far left liberal progressive media outlet. However, it was the collective piling on by the left, and their repetitive talking point, that President Donald Trump should not be “praising” Kim Jong Un for the release of these Americans. Hmm, let’s do a little comparative analysis. How much did the leftist media cover the return of young Otto Warmbier, who was taken, wrongfully charged, tried, sentenced, imprisoned, tortured, and returned to this nation in a coma? Otto was taken hostage by the North Koreans during the Obama presidency, and as you can ascertain, Obama’s policy of “strategic patience” did not work out well for the Warmbier Family, who were the guests of VP Mike Pence for the opening ceremony of this years Winter Olympics. And, ironically, it was the leftist media that was fawning over and praising the sister of Kim Jung Un, who said hardly a word. I suppose praising Kim Jong Un’s sister who is the North Korean minister of propaganda, like the position of one Joseph Goebbels, is acceptable when your mantra is to hate any and everything President Trump does.
Ahh, but the hypocrisy does not end there. Where was the liberal progressive media when Barack Obama released five senior members of the Taliban for, wait for it, Bowe Bergdahl? Oh yes, you remember, the fella who Susan Rice praised as someone who had “served with honor and distinction”? Anyone recall the warm welcome Barack Obama gave the parents of one Bowe Bergdahl– you know, the deserter whose actions resulted in the deaths of four American Soldiers sent on search and rescue patrols? And think about the resounding call to action by Barack Obama when an American journalist named James Foley was taken by ISIS, the “jayvee team.” Barack Obama was so concerned about Mr. Foley that he took time away from his golf vacation to deliver a weak press statement on the matter, and then he exited quickly to hop onto his golf cart. Things did not work out so well for James Foley. Remember? He was beheaded by ISIS.
The liberal progressive media said very little when Americans were abandoned to die for 13 hours in Benghazi. Four did lose their lives. And to this day, we know that Barack Obama was so concerned that he went to bed. You know, he had to catch Air Force One for a fundraiser event. But where was the liberal progressive media when we know that Obama, and his minions, abjectly lied about the nature of what happened on September 11, 2012? Yes, crickets, because it was all about winning reelection. Who cares that Americans died and our President lied about it?
President Donald Trump praising Kim Jong Un for releasing three Americans? So what? The liberal progressive media said nothing when Barack Obama was allowing Americans to be killed by our enemies.
And speaking of enemies, the liberal progressive media, well, the left in general, went into full apoplectic meltdown status last week with the announcement of the withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iranian nuclear agreement. Sadly, I think the leftist media forgot some things, like it takes two parties to make an agreement, unless I am dreaming, I do not recall the Iranians ever affixing a signature. Also, our own U.S. Senate never took the measure up for a vote, not even a debate, since the Senate Democrats filibustered the measure. The JCPOA was yet another of Barack Obama’s unilateral executive actions, kind of like DACA, which any subsequent executive can disavow. Sorry, Barry Soetoro, but that is basic U.S. Civics – a teachable moment.
But the liberal progressive media didn’t bring that up, nor the fact that the former Deputy National Security Adviser, Ben Rhodes, admitted to manipulating the media concerning this agreement in order to gain popular support. Another point the leftist media is not honest or forthcoming about is the billions of palletized, laundered cash sent to Iran via an unmarked jet under the cover of darkness. And I thought Obama had the most transparent presidential administration in our history? And no, we did not owe Iran billions of dollars in cash. Those funds were part of an arms deal with the Iranian government led by the Shah of Iran, and all bets were off when the Ayatollah Khomeini overthrew the Shah. No previous U.S. President had ever considered releasing those funds.
But, the leftist media has now gone to assert that withdrawing from the JCPOA will unleash Iranian belligerence. Dang it, where have they been? After all, while the JCPOA was in effect, Iran has supported the Houthi rebels in Yemen, who are firing Iranian ballistic missiles at the Riyadh airport where Americans do travel. Iran has enabled Gen. Qassem Sulemani of the terrorist designated Quds Force to conduct operations in Iraq and Syria, along with the Iranian Republican Guards Corps. Oops, I forgot to mention that Iranian supported Hezbollah is also operating freely in Syria, another Islamic terrorist organization. While the JCPOA was in effect, Iran was building new military facilities in Syria, another of its client states in their Middle East hegemonic expansion. I guess building new military bases is easy to do with $150B from Barack Obama. Yes, Israel launched attacks against Iranian bases in Syria, but who does the liberal progressive media believe enabled those bases to be built? Certainly not President Donald Trump. So, will John Kerry be charged with violating the Logan Act? Will anyone check out his and Obama’s bank accounts? I bet there are some interesting deposits, or stock options there.
Therefore, the 90 percent of negative coverage of President Donald Trump by the liberal progressive media is a losing strategy. They are causing the progressive socialist leftist “blue wave” to turn into a kiddie pool. And no telling how they will negatively spin the 70th Anniversary of the modern-day State of Israel, and the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.
The liberal progressive media has embraced a losing strategy by assimilating their hatred of one man, President Donald Trump, into a hatred of our nation. Their bias is on full display, and it is despicable.
Editor’s Note: This column previously appeared at CNSNews.com. Used with the permission of the author.
Lt. Col. Allen B. West is the former U.S. Congressman representing Florida’s 22nd District, a Fox News Contributor, a Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, the former Executive Director of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas Texas, and the author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom.
Col. West is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family. During his 22 year career in the United States Army, he was awarded the Bronze Star, 3 Meritorious Service Medals, 3 Army Commendation Medals (1 with Valor device), and a Valorous Unit Award. In 1993 he was named the US Army ROTC Instructor of the Year. Col. West believes it will be principled constitutional conservative policies, not politics, which will secure a sound economic future for Americans.