Antony and Cleopatra, Romeo and Juliet – Donald Trump and the legacy media? The best romance tales of our time have by no means did not encourage the lovelorn on St. Valentine’s Day, and this 12 months will show no exception.
Sure, for some time after their infamous and really public breakup with Trump, the media fooled round and performed the sphere with newcomer President Joe Biden. He handled the press effectively, granted White House entry, didn’t name them names (a minimum of not typically), and it appeared that they shared the identical values … and that’s vital in any relationship. But it quickly grew to become obvious that not solely was this new love curiosity emotionally closed off (no questions, please), however he simply couldn’t ignite that keenness that was really easy and free-flowing with The Donald.
They’ve been aside for greater than a 12 months now, and it’s as plain because the tears operating down the tabloid pages: the media needs Donald Trump again, and so they’ll do something to catch his eye as soon as extra.
You are Always on My Mind
The institution press wished Trump to suppose it had moved on, that it not wanted or craved his specific model of machismo, however the indicators had been nonetheless there. Even on that particular first anniversary with Joe Biden – a time when focus and adoring eyes actually ought to have been on its new paramour’s celebration, the media simply couldn’t assist itself. On January 20, the inauguration anniversary, extra tales had been about Donald than Joe.
Don’t suppose Biden was blind to this, although, oh no. He knew.
Joe might so not often deliver himself to even utter the identify of his rival. “My predecessor,” “the other guy,” he used. Any moniker that would save him from having to say the dreaded identify. And, after all, blaming all of the ills of the cosmos on Trump grew to become nearly second nature. When the media would make a comparability between the 2 presidents, the jealousy grew to become an excessive amount of, and Joe would lash out with harsh derision.
Honesty, Honesty, Honesty
Perhaps, ultimately, the media simply grew sick of Biden’s lies and boasting. Yes, a relationship wants belief and loyalty, however asking your important different to jettison their integrity to assist you time and time once more simply grew to become an excessive amount of.
Joe wished reporters to spice up his ego; he even had his White House employees attain out to his beloved correspondents and flippantly scold them over the poor protection for his grand plans and schemes. The media acquiesced, naturally, as lovers typically do. But it stung. And when ballot after ballot confirmed that even the previously adoring public had had sufficient, the press realized it was now or by no means to flee what was quick turning into a mentally abusive relationship.
News present hosts, reporters, and pundits obsessed over Donald Trump throughout his presidency. He was morning, midday, and evening, and each sentence he stated was price a minimum of 300 phrases on the digital web page. Some would say that Donald made conventional information retailers related once more in an age when social media has develop into the dominant communication platform. When they bought collectively, the media had a brand new objective and fireplace, a raison d’etre, if you’ll. And then he went away.
Still, they couldn’t cease. Every alternative to speak about Trump was taken. Day after day, love letters of criticism poured forth, and but, beneath the floor scorn, the actual message was clear: Donald, we wish you again. Without Trump, the scores have dropped, the credibility is stretched even additional past perception, and speaking continuous about something however Joe Biden’s significantly troubled presidency simply doesn’t draw the crowds.
Of course, they don’t need Trump to be president once more, however to have him run? To make him the 2024 contender? That can be the Fourth Estate’s fondest want. They are able to ditch this new man in a heartbeat and spend 24 hours a day speaking continuous Donald.
The solely query remaining is how far is the media keen to go to get him again?
~ Read extra from Mark Angelides.