Reporters Are Addicts. Trump Is Their Drug.

This is an unhealthy co-dependent relationship where reporters need just one more fix of Trump.

Reporters are the addicts stealing money from their mom's purse for a hit of their drug. It is an exotic one called Trump. Yesterday, as the nation came together to honor President Bush, reporters were fixated on President Trump. They were fixated on his reactions during the funeral, the responses of others to him, and even how he took a limo to Blair House, oblivious to the fact Barack Obama had once done the same thing.

With reporters desperate for a fix of Trump, history is all new. Things long done are treated as new events. They obsess over Trump. Stories not about Trump are turned into Trump. The Trump angle must be explored and exploited.

There are tons of stories out there that are not about Trump that must be turned into stories about Trump. There are stories where Trump is only tangentially related that suddenly revolve around Trump. He lives rent free in the heads of the national press corps.

Yes, he is President of the United States. But not everything is about Trump. He only has to overshadow everything if the press makes him. They do just that. They do it for clicks. They do it for ratings. They do it because they exist in a sick co-dependent symbiotic relationship with the President and in the sick BDSM arrangement, Trump is the master. They are the slaves.

They need a twelve step program, but I fear the fix is too strong. And like meth addicts, even their faces are changing as they pick at their skin and more permanently scowl. This is unhealthy.

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MistyBat
MistyBat

Tuesday, 12/4/2018:

"[Trump's] chief promises were that he would build the wall, defund planned parenthood, and repeal Obamacare, and he hasn't done any of those things...I don't think he's capable. I don't think he's capable of sustained focus. I don't think he understands the system.

"[H]e knows very little about the legislative process, hasn't learned anything, hasn't surrounded himself with people that can get it done, hasn't done all the things you need to do so. It's mostly his fault that he hasn't achieved those things. I'm not in charge of Trump."

~Tucker Carlson

TimCooper
TimCooper

Why are you a Republican...I dunno...Gotta love it LOL

DavidMKern
DavidMKern

Another alternative is that the press is at war with Trump because his policies are the exact opposite of their political agenda. No other Republican President since Reagan has been their exact opposite on global warming, illegal immigration, appointing conservative judges, etc. So while the press was certainly not a friend of the Bush’s (or Romney, McCain, Dole), all of these candidates held some positions in common with them. But I can’t think of a simple Trump policy the press likes – can you? When you are at war, the target of your bomb drops are the enemy, and in political terms, that is what Trump is to the press. He is the evil of Nazi-Germany in their eyes. That is the reason why the media is totally obsessed with taking out Trump to an unprecedented degree of animosity.

JASmius
JASmius

It's a bit more complicated with that.

One of the things Trump and the media have in common is an obsession with ratings. Three years ago, for the media, that meant covering Trump non-stop (that, and, as they always do, they sought to inflict upon the GOP the weakest candidate in the party's primary field). The latter motivation blew up in their faces (to EVERYBODY's surprise, Trump himself most of all), but the former continued because, due to partisan audience demographics alone, "obsessing" over Trump (as the media "obsesses" over all presidents) meant continued high ratings. And that will continue as long as Trump remains in office, more than any other reason, because Trump keeps supplying them with insatiable mountains of material.

If you want to break the media's "obsession" with the presidency, you need to elect someone who is the antithesis of Donald J. Trump. Has anybody tried resurrecting Calvin Coolidge, yet?

Leon G
Leon G

This reads like an attempt to ignore Trump's behavior during Bush's funeral. Instead of acknowledging that he crossed his arms and scowled while the rest of the participants recited the Apostles' Creed, it's a subject change to "who cares". Since I've read no less than three posts exactly like this in the last twenty minutes, this response seems coordinated.