Trump's News Conference

CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY FEBRUARY 20, 2017

         PRESIDENT TRUMP’S PRESS CONFERENCE LAST THURSDAY WAS THE WILDEST I HAVE EVER SEEN AND THAT INCLUDES PRESS CONFERENCES OF RICHARD NIXON DURING THE VIETNAM WAR AND WATERGATE ERAS WHEN PRESS SKEPTICISM MORPHED INTO CYNICISM, AT LEAST AGAINST REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTS.

         TRUMP NOTED THAT PUBLIC APPROVAL OF THE MEDIA IS LOWER THAN CONGRESS. THE LIBERAL WING OF THE MEDIA NEVER CHANGE. SURVEYS HAVE REPEATEDLY SHOWN THE PUBLIC DOESN’T BELIEVE MOST JOURNALISTS, BUT THEIR BEHAVIOR AND BIASES NEVER CHANGE. THEY DON’T PRACTICE DIVERSITY BY HIRING CONSERVATIVE REPORTERS. THEIRS IS A UNIFORM OPINION BASED LARGELY ON A SHARED WORLDVIEW.

         CONGRESS DOESN’T GET IT EITHER. WHEN MOST MEMBERS RESPOND ONLY TO THE WISHES OF DONORS AND NOT THE INTERESTS OF MOST AMERICANS, IT IS INEVITABLE THE PUBLIC WON’T APPROVE OF THEM EITHER. BUT THE PUBLIC CAN’T SIMULTANEOUSLY DENOUNCE BIG GOVERNMENT WHILE RECEIVING BENEFITS.

         AT HIS NEWS CONFERENCE, TRUMP PROMISED BIG CHANGES STARTING THIS WEEK. SUCCESS WILL LOWER THE LEVEL OF CRITICISM. MAYBE. I’M CAL THOMAS IN WASHINGTON.