TIME Magazine December 19, 2016 issue, Donald Trump, Person of the Year

The Media Has Found Its Scapegoat For Everything

When Time named Donald Trump the “person of the year” for 2016, I noticed on the cover that they indulged themselves one tiny alteration: “president of the divided states of America.” Of course, liberals are never going to accept the next four years. They didn’t accept President George W. Bush in 2000, even after 9/11. They’ll never accept Trump.

Now all those memories are flooding back as the press resets itself to make Trump the universal scapegoat for everything. They will spare nothing, literally nothing, to pick apart and turn it to some kind of Trump bash.

The RNC issued a public statement, like they do every year, celebrating the Christmas holiday. The first paragraph read:

Merry Christmas to all! Over two millennia ago, a new hope was born into the world, a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind. Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King. We hope Americans celebrating Christmas today will enjoy a day of festivities and a renewed closeness with family and friends.

And pow, the left and the press pounced on “a new King” as if they were denouncing Mussolini in prewar Italy.

Umm…wow. Nowhere in the statement’s three paragraphs is Trump mentioned. Actually, neither is Jesus Christ for that matter. But both are somehow inferred here because Trump is the scapegoat for everything, even Christmas.

I won’t even go into the myriad “racist” comments, because I don’t have the space to write about them all. But I will cite one example from Sunday (Christmas Day!). They’re still bringing up 31 year-old claims of racism by Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump’s pick for Attorney General. We’ve spilled gallons of digital ink on this website debunking this witch hunt. But the Washington Post headlined their piece “Trump’s pick for attorney general is shadowed by race and history.” In their email digest, the ominous image read “‘Far from’ a racist or ‘racist to the core’?”

Really? They even cited Sessions voting against a hate crimes bill named after Matthew Shepard in 2009. By 2009, it was well known that Shepard was not murdered because he was gay, but because of a drug deal gone wrong. No mention of that in the Post article. Trump and his administration will be the scapegoat for every hate crime since Reconstruction. They might even find a way to blame him for 9/11 and the Iraq War. It wouldn’t surprise me.

One more example, and this one really has me dizzy from the spinning.

President Obama’s irredeemable backstabbing of Israel and empowering of the anti-Israel UN was almost universally condemned in the press. But somehow Trump’s agreeing with them (in fact Trump called for the U.S. to veto the resolution first) is dangerous interference. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu clearly knew something that he shared with Trump prior to the Friday vote.

“From the information that we have, we have no doubt that the Obama Administration initiated it, stood behind it, coordinated on the wording and demanded that it be passed,” Netanyahu told his Cabinet on Sunday.

But the New York Times warns that Trump’s position “could easily stir new antipathy among the Sunni Arab states Mr. Netanyahu has been courting most, analysts said.” They go out there looking for so-called experts and analysts to place blame on Trump for taking the very positions they themselves would agree with if it was anyone else.

Trump picks David Friedman as Ambassador to Israel, and suddenly the man is a dangerous zealot. Suddenly, Jared Kushner, an orthodox Jew, is anathema because he’s not a liberal enough Jew. Richard Cohen called Friedman’s appointment “an insult” to liberal Jews. Well, who asked them? Most of them voted for Clinton.

Eight years of Obama prodding, eye-poking, and actively undermining Netanyahu, glad-handing terrorists, and his weak-kneed milquetoast strategy for Syria and ISIS have produced nothing but more terror, no peace, and no partner with whom Israel can even negotiate for peace. But Trump will be made the scapegoat if he can’t succeed where liberals have failed.

Now that Trump has made this promise, watch the press throw it up in our faces every single day for the next four years. In 2009, Obama made a similar promise in front of the entire UN. I guess the press missed it.

Here we are, 25 days from Trump’s inauguration–the man hasn’t served a single day as president–and the press is champing at the bit to make Trump the universal scapegoat for the next four years. No wonder the American public trusts them less now than anytime ever in the history of Gallup’s polling.

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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