President Obama has had enough of the press “grading on a curve” when it comes to presidential candidate Donald Trump. In a press conference Thursday, Obama issued a scathing rebuke to those who refuse to do their job in the media and are normalizing Trump’s outrageous and unacceptable behaviors and lack of qualifications.
I think the most important thing for the public and the press is to just listen what he says and follow up, and ask questions about what appear to be either contradictory or uniformed or outright bad ideas. There is this process that seems to take place over the course of the election season, where somehow, behavior, that in normal times we would consider completely unacceptable and outrageous, becomes normalized. People start thinking that we should be grading on a curve.
While Obama didn’t name Matt Lauer, the “journalist” that bungled Wednesday’s forum, it is pretty obvious that the shoe fits. It is apparent that the corporate media don’t expect Trump to be able to answer hard questions because they simply don’t ask many and when they do, they rarely fact check him.
Wednesday night, during the Commander-in-Chief forum, Donald Trump lied in about two-thirds of statements checked by Politifact. That isn’t shocking, at all (but it SHOULD be!). What is is that Matt Lauer didn’t attempt to fact check him at all, not even when he said he never supported the Iraq war (he did).
It is crystal clear that the President, like most of us, have grown tired of the constant grilling of Hillary Clinton over already well-settled issues and conspiracy theories. Especially in light of the fact that during last night’s forum, Trump literally said that as long as men and women are simply in proximity to each other there will be sexual assaults (obviously Trump thinks that men can’t stop their wild weenies from raping people without their permission), apparently, Trump is rape culture incarnate.
Lauer. Didn’t. Challenge. Him.
However, Lauer constantly interrupted Hillary Clinton, attempted to grill her on a closed investigation, and basically allowed Trump to say whatever he wanted. Lies, intimating that he has some secret knowledge about Obama, even repeating his bold faced lie that Obama formed ISIS (an organization 5 years older than Obama’s presidency). Lauer sat quietly while Trump made mountains out of molehills and basically thrashed about like a preteen with a grudge against his student council rival. It is not hard to imagine him throwing gum in Hillary’s hair, seriously.
Obama has already said that Trump isn’t qualified to be president, but it bears repeating especially in light of the fact that last night NBC News and Lauer sacrificed their journalistic integrity on the altar of Trump Propaganda. At least when Trump’s planned right-wing news network is launched, they will have a good relationship.
As far as Mr. Trump, I think I’ve already offered my opinion. I don’t think the guy’s qualified to be President of the United States, and every time he speaks, that opinion is confirmed.
"I don't think the guy's qualified to be president of the United States" — President Obama on Donald Trump https://t.co/wAazcBbAyq
— CNN (@CNN) September 8, 2016
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