4 Dead Soldiers in Niger Shows How Bad the Media Has Gotten

Four dead soldiers in Niger. They were ambushed and gave their lives in a place most Americans (including journalists) couldn’t find on a map. Their names are Sgt. LaDavid Johnson, Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, and Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright.

Black and Jeremiah Johnson were assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group, and their bodies received a heroes’ somber return to Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C. Dustin Wright was from Lyons, Georgia, which is not too far from my home. I live in a military town, and people very close to me have deployed in harm’s way.

The media went after the president.

They focused on President Trump calling the families of the dead soldiers. They knew Trump would get defensive. They knew he’d try to play “whatabout” games or react in a way they could exploit. They knew that some of the families were not Trump supporters and would make a good story. They exploited the situation to make the president look bad, and participated in a dishonoring of the lives of American professional special forces soldiers.

Of course, they were right.

Trump fumbled his response. They were counting on it. He got defensive and tried to deflect blame. Then when Trump called the widow of a fallen soldier, they were on a hair trigger for anything he might say to upset her. And of course, whatever he said, she was upset.

And instead of respecting her privacy, they pounced and make her suffering a public event.

That’s despicable; it’s no better than a tabloid. But they do it because they’re on a mission. Make no mistake, the media has a case to make: that Trump is a bad president.

And the nation is fed up with hearing it. A recent poll by Politico and Morning Consult shows that 46 percent of all voters think the media makes up stories about Trump. Even 35 percent of Democrats believe the press makes up stories. 85 percent of Trump supporters believe the press makes up stories. They do make up stories, or at least play fast and loose with sources and “facts” from others who make up stories and spoon-feed them to the press.

Let’s contrast that with a story that hasn’t gotten much reporting.

Raqqa has been liberated, and ISIS is being crushed. Most of the reason for this is explained in this one chart. Look at the number of strikes since Jan 20. (From Ricochet.)

President Trump and Secretary of Defense James Mattis deserve tremendous credit, even though the media will be loath to give it. Where the previous administration was content with precision drone strikes and economic damage, the current Commander-in-Chief decided to snuff out the would-be caliphate. Well done.

The European press is reporting this, but in America, the media won’t report anything that makes Trump look good. They only want to report his failures, even if they have to resort to tabloid methods.

It has gotten that bad.

About the author

Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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