If there is one thing that reminds you of NZ’s island and isolated state in world affairs its local reporting on US politics, and this was never more evident than in the local media’s commentary on the Trump McCain disagreement.
And this amateurish and baised reporting runs over into driving the views and commentary from the public. For example we have Kiwiblog this week, with Mr. Farrar being one of NZ’s most prominent political commentators, getting it completely wrong. He published a post yesterday that predictably ran the MSM political establishment line and began with this sentence-
I didn’t think it would take long for Donald Trump to implode, but this was even quicker than I expected.
A long line of the usual fawning Kommieblog trolls instantly jumped in to endorse Mr. Farrar’s opinion. Yes, Trump was done. We all knew it was coming. Here he is wrecking the Republican Party. He’s a Democrat plant. Blah blah blah blah. All the kind of uninformed views one would expect from flitting whitebait fed breadcrumbs from a biased and therefore unreliable local mainstream media.
What Mr. Farrar and the rest of the NZ media deny in their commentary on Trump and the McCain disagreement is the rising tide of discontent with the Progressive political establishment in the US today. Why do they deny this? Because they don’t want the same discontent to grow here in NZ.
The facts on the Trump McCain issue are separate from the issue of a wave of discontent with the current political paradigm. But here are just a few of those facts that if you only follow NZ media, you haven’t heard yet.
- Trump has not imploded. In fact his polling has improved.
- Trump did not say what the media said he did about McCain. Here is what he actually said as reported in a fact check article by Sharyl Attkisson–
1. The Post did not provide context at the outset disclosing that McCain and Trump have been feuding, with McCain characterizing some Trump supporters as “crazies” and Trump stating that McCain graduated last in his class in Annapolis. The charged rhetoric continued at the conservative Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa this weekend.
2. When a panelist characterized McCain as a “war hero,” the Post is accurate in reporting that Trump initially said McCain is “not a war hero.” But then, Trump immediately modified his statement saying– four times– that McCain is a war hero:
“He is a war hero.”
“He’s a war hero because he was captured.”
“He’s a war hero, because he was captured.”
“I believe, perhaps, he’s a war hero. But right now, he’s said some very bad things about a lot of people.”
3. Did Trump say McCain is not a war hero because he was captured? No, not in the exchanges represented in the Post.
4. Is the Post’s characterization an accident? It would appear not, because it is repeated in the Post’s caption of the video clip, which also states: “Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a decorated Vietnam war veteran, was not a war hero because he was captured by the North Vietnamese [emphasis added].”
Further, in the Post’s second sentence, Trump is quoted as stating of McCain, “He’s not a war hero…He’s a war hero because he was captured,” but the article selectively left out the phrase Trump had uttered in between: “He is a war hero.”
Trump actually said the opposite of what the Post lead sentence and video caption claim. The Post might have been able to get away stating that Trump “implied” McCain was not a war hero because McCain was captured, but even that would have been a subjective interpretation since Trump had actually stated the opposite.
- McCain is viewed by many as a war hero, but in fact there are two stories there too, with many ex POWs and vets claiming he corroborated with the enemy and that is why he has refused to release documents relating to his service. There are claims that McCain was likely to have been prosecuted for aiding and assisting the enemy if those records were made public.
- McCain has consistently worked with the mainstream Democrat/ RINO power bloc to denigrate and savagely attack Tea Party groups and fellow Republicans such as Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.
- McCain has failed to work for better conditions for returned servicemen and done nothing to improve a distressingly ineffective Vet Hospital performance.
- McCain blocked attempts to find Vietnam servicemen missing in action in Vietnam.
So in the states and outside the MSM there’s an entirely different perspective to be found on this issue.
Not forgetting that Trump has his critics. (I”m one of them). Many think he’s too close to the Democrats and the Clintons. He’s been a gun grabber in the past. He’s been a Democrat most of his life.
Has he changed for the better? Who knows? So far, he’s going pretty good, and he has not imploded, as the pundits have stated. He has growing support, and I think that is because he is seen as an agent of change.
I think many support Trump for that fact, that he is an agent of change, and no matter how many flaws he might have he still has to be an improvement over the stinking rancid Progressive status quo. That is the status quo that has the mainstream media and a lot of bloggers as its propaganda force and cheer squad.