Joan Walsh, a CNN contributor and national affairs correspondent for The Nation, took to Twitter on Monday to insult the president and Melania Trump after the ceremony honoring the world’s most famous terrorist-eating dog, Conan. “This is terrifying,” she wrote. “Trump and Melania exude coldness to Conan the hero dog. Melania, whose coat is slightly macabre (to me, but others may find it lovely), moves away from Conan multiple times.”
This is terrifying. Trump and Melania exude coldness to Conan the hero dog. Melania, whose coat is slightly macabre (to me, but others may find it lovely), moves away from Conan multiple times. 1/3 https://t.co/s9T3Y4ZYTn
— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) November 25, 2019
I’ve watched the video several times and did not notice either one of them purposefully backing away from the dog. As usual, Melania Trump’s poised nature kept her still and calm, looking like a painting that should hang in art galleries. What could possibly be “macabre” about a floral-patterned coat adorned with red and white roses in full bloom? I have no idea. Maybe beautiful things ignited the jealous ravings of a woman who wishes she didn’t have jowls. I’ve been through Walsh’s photos on Google. The nicest thing I can say about her wardrobe is that it could cure insomnia.
As for interacting with the dog, notice she said nothing about Mike Pence and the hilarious moment he stopped petting Conan and she went back for more, begging for his attention. That was a fun and sweet moment, so she clearly avoided that.
Walsh didn’t stop at lying about the Trumps’ attitude with the dog. “Trump tells you how incredible ‘this particular type of dog’ is, repeatedly, but he clearly can’t remember the name of the breed or other details,” she continued. Or maybe it tells you that Trump is not the Dog Whisperer and he wanted the handler to be able to tell the press about Conan and give him a moment in the spotlight. And then, predictably, because CNN journalists never get Trump’s jokes while the rest of us laugh uproariously, she said, “Trump repeatedly ‘jokes’ about siccing the dog on journalists.” Yes, he did. And it was hilarious. And everyone in America had a riotous time imagining Jim Acosta being chased around the White House lawn by Conan, the very good dog.
This is the out and out hostility that members of the press show this president, which is the reason most people despise them. They don’t even try to hide their bias and naked hatred of this man and his family. Walsh took heat on Twitter and so she doubled down (a thing conservatives could stand to learn), issuing a false apology and an insult to Trump voters.
Are these the people citizens are supposed to rely on for unbiased, fair reporting — people who take a nice moment, where all Americans can enjoy a dog at the White House for one measly hour, before resuming regular hostilities and trash it? How do they live with themselves?
Megan Fox is the author of “Believe Evidence; The Death of Due Process from Salome to #MeToo.” Follow on Twitter @MeganFoxWriter