Tuesday's HOT MIC
This is how the Compromised Media™ creates and propels its own Narrative:
President Trump shared on Twitter a cartoon on Tuesday morning of a train running over a person with a CNN logo covering the person’s head, three days after a fatal collision in Charlottesville, Va. Mr. Trump deleted his retweet minutes later.
Mr. Trump has been under fire for how he has publicly addressed bloody demonstrations by white nationalists over the weekend. Promoting a cartoon of a person being run over by a train appeared to belittle the attack by a driver who ran into a crowd of counterprotesters, leaving a 32-year-old woman dead on Saturday and 19 others injured. An Ohio man has been charged with second-degree murder in the crash.
"Appeared to belittle." Appeared to whom? To the New York Times? To the writers, Eileen Sullivan and Maggie Haberman, the latter of whom is one of Trump's most persistent and virulent critics -- and so, naturally, she is one of the two White House correspondents for the newspaper? (The other is the self-admitted "hack," Glenn Thrush; both he and Haberman were outed in the Wikileaks drop of John Podesta's emails last year.)
A White House official said early Tuesday that the tweet of the train was posted inadvertently and was deleted as soon as it was noticed. A retweet requires two actions, clicks or taps on a smartphone or computer, in order to post, meaning the president would have had a second chance to be sure he wanted to tweet the cartoon.
The former director of the Office of Government Ethics called on lawmakers to condemn Mr. Trump’s post.
Rupert Murdoch has repeatedly urged President Trump to fire him. Anthony Scaramucci, the president’s former communications director, thrashed him on television as a white nationalist. Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, the national security adviser, refused to even say he could work with him.
For months, Mr. Trump has considered ousting Stephen K. Bannon, the White House chief strategist and relentless nationalist who ran the Breitbart website and called it a “platform for the alt-right.” Mr. Trump has sent Mr. Bannon to a kind of internal exile, and has not met face-to-face for more than a week with a man who was once a fixture in the Oval Office, according to aides and friends of the president.
But what once endeared him to the president has now become a major liability. After the president waited two days to blame white supremacists for the violence in Charlottesville, there is new pressure from Mr. Trump’s critics to dismiss Mr. Bannon.
“I don’t think that White House has a chance of functioning properly as long as there’s a resident lunatic fringe,” said Mark Salter, a longtime adviser to Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona. At best, he said, Mr. Bannon seems willing to “tolerate something that’s intolerable” in Mr. Trump’s base.
They never stop, they never sleep, they never quit. It's long past time to stop treating them like journalists and start treating they like what they really are: saboteurs.