‘Harder on Trump’

Dear Editor,

I would like to make your readers aware of an interview which appeared in the October 21st edition of the New York Times.

The interview was of former President Jimmy Carter, who stated in the interview that, “I think the media have been harder on Trump than any other president certainly that I’ve known about.” And, “I think they feel free to claim that Trump is mentally deranged and everything else without hesitation.” This fine man, while disagreeing with President Trump and the policies of the Republican Party, has the courage to state the truth about the war that the liberal media is engaged in with the present administration.

Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy came out with a study of media coverage of te Trump White House in its first 100 days. It is astonishing because it comes from Harvard, not exactly the bedrock of American conservatism. The study found that in Trump’s first 100 days in office, the tone of the news coverage of the president has been a whopping 80 percent negative to 20 percent positive. CNN and NBC struck a 93 percent negative tone on their Trump stories, with only 7 percent positive. CBS was third in the anti-Trump race, with a 91 to 9 ratio. And the pro-Trump Fox News? That network was 52 percent negative to 48 percent positive.

Let’s take a look at a recent report from MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. On October 19th, “The Rachel Maddow Show” opened with an almost 30-minute segment that attempted to connect the tragic ambush attack that killed four American soldiers in Niger to the latest version of President Trump’s proposed travel ban, which included the nation of Chad. Maddow essentially claimed that the inclusion of Chad in the revised travel ban resulted in extremist attacks such as the one that left four Americans dead.

The liberal Huffington Post, which has no love for Donald Trump and his administration, published a story headlined, “What the hell was this Rachel Maddow segment?” The MSNBC host proclaimed that Chad’s pullout from Niger “had an immediate effect in emboldening ISIS attacks,” but the Huffington Post easily shot down her theory. Colby College Department of Government assistant professor Laura Seay told the Huffington Post that “any expert” would have said Maddow’s conspiracy theory was “crazy” and the pullout of Chadian troops osn’t necessarily related to the Trump travel ban. “Everybody that I know is appalled by this. I would like to think that Maddow’s researchers are more responsible,” Seay told the Huffington Post.

This is just one of the many, many negative, outlandish “news” stories written about President Trump. Is it any ownder he is frustrated?

Summing it up, let me quote again the words of President Carter, “I think the media have been harder on Trump than any other president certainly that I’ve known about.”

Respectfully submitted,

Bill Cochran,