The Media Is 'In Love With Being Unable to Understand' Trump
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Saturday, New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas explained how mainstream media outlets are destroying themselves in their viciousness and hatred of President Donald Trump.
"I can no longer take The New York Times or CNN seriously, because it's a steady drum-beat. CNN has gone mad, I've never seen anything like it," Metaxas told PJ Media. "The only time they're not criticizing Trump is on some of the commericals."
Metaxas, author of more than 20 books including biographies of Martin Luther, William Wilberforce, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer (as well as two inspiring books about the lives of 7 men and 7 women and the "secrets of their greatness"), declared himself finished with the mainstream media. "I have to say that there comes a time when you just say, 'I'm out. I'm like 'Shark Tank.' I'm out."
The bestselling author called Trump "the victim of what used to be genuine news organizations, like The New York Times and infamously, CNN, and NBC. He's the victim of their having become something other than journalistic organizations."
Metaxas said these mainstream media outlets have become more like propaganda machines, but aimed against the sitting president as opposed to for him. "They feel a moral compulsion to show that he's evil, that he's morally unit, whatever. So the narrative always goes there," the author explained.
He argued that the media has essentially given up the fundamental job of reporting news. "Even if [Trump] does something like bring unemployment way down (which he did), or create a ton of jobs (which he did), or get us talking to the head of North Korea using China to put pressure on North Korea — whatever it is that he has done is not really reported."
"I've never seen anything like this, when there is great news and it's not reported," Metaxas added. "I'm not talking about it's not reported enough or it's not reported in the right way, I mean it's essentially ignored. In a sane world, that stuff would lead news cycles for days."
The author described the Trump presidency as "bizarre times" because "you actually have to be an informed citizen to appreciate whatever good this president has been able to accomplish. And if you aren't an informed citizen, you would think that he's Hitler 2.0."
Metaxas argued that the media's hatred toward Trump comes from willful misunderstanding.
Trump "has a way of communicating that, if you understand his language, if you can read him and read between the lines — which I think most American can — then you can get him. But if you're used to parsing every syllable of a politician and what they say in this ex-cathedra statement, he is a nightmare."