MRC Newsbusters published 2 reports yesterday showing the stark differences between the treatment President Trump and Obama got from the press. As though a report is needed, the differences are obvious to the layman to perceive, MRC drove home just how differently the treatment is. Barack Obama’s first 100 days were “honeymoonesque” while Trump’s have felt like a constant knife fight.
Michelle Malkin on Fox & Friends pointed out the hypocrisy as well:
Here are a few examples of how the press handled Obama with kid gloves courtesy of Newsbusters:
“We know that wind can make a cold day feel colder, but can national pride make a freezing day feel warmer? It seems to be the case because regardless of the final crowd number estimates, never have so many people shivered so long with such joy. From above, even the seagulls must have been awed by the blanket of humanity.”
— ABC’s Bill Weir on World News, January 20, 2009.
“Brains are in the ascendancy now, absolutely. They’re such a brainy Cabinet.”
— Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth during NBC’s live coverage, January 20, 2009.
NBC’s Al Roker: “You know, Brian, I gotta tell ya, it was a very emotional trip….I had tears in my eyes….”
Anchor Brian Williams: “Al, I’d love to tell you that I have no idea what you’re talking about, that everybody here kept their emotions thoroughly in check during the ceremony, but I’d be lying to you, my friend.”
— Exchange during NBC’s live coverage January 20, 2009 following Obama’s swearing-in.
“It was a giant love fest….When Barack Obama started to speak, I was right in the middle of the crowd. People were crying, they were laughing, they were cheering. Suddenly someone would just come up and hug you. It was just amazing. It was like you’re standing in the middle of these strangers, and all of a sudden you had a million friends around you. That’s what it felt like yesterday.”
— CNN’s Carol Costello on the January 21, 2009 American Morning, recounting her experience at Obama’s inauguration.
“One of the sacraments of our national religion is the inauguration….So it was that as many as 2 million pilgrims made their way to Washington and the Mall to witness this most sacred event.”
— CBS’s Harry Smith recounting how he experienced Obama’s inauguration, January 21, 2009 The Early Show.
“For a public event, it was absolutely stunning. People with tears in their eyes, Dave, people lining up, and this is something I just can’t wrap my arms around, to buy merchandise with any depiction — this is a guy we just elected President. It’s not a rock star or an athlete or an actor. This is our President. To see people, whatever your politics, that excited about our new chief executive after a line of what the ordinary voter would maybe describe as bad choices or choices of evils, for years, generations, it is unbelievable to me.”
— NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams on CBS’s Late Show, January 26, 2009.
“The scene I will always remember was the look on Barack Obama’s face when he came out on the Capitol steps and looked out on that great crowd that stretched over a mile before him….With the severity of the problems he faced, no human, no matter how confident, it seems to me, could look out on that crowd and not wonder: ‘Can I live up to the expectations of all those people?’ Yet, in the three days since then, he has laid out an ambitious program, promises of more transparency in government, new walls between the government and special interests by executive order. He will close Guantanamo prison and outlaw torture. He has told the world that we will practice what we preach.”
— CBS’s Bob Schieffer on President Obama’s first three days in office, January 23, 2009 Evening News.
George Stephanopoulos: “This first week was disciplined and strategic like that campaign, all designed to show that the President is moving on all fronts to bring change….Signs those executive orders for sweeping change to open government….Sweeping change in foreign policy….Working on the economy, but also with bipartisan congressional leadership, the President showing that he wants to change the tone in Washington.
Fill-in anchor Diane Sawyer: “Change the tone and change it at warp speed.”
— ABC’s World News, January 23, 2009.
“The President showed his analytical mind….He was at his best intellectually. I thought it was a great example of how his mind works….What a mind he has, and I love his ability to do it on television. I love to think with him.”
— MSNBC’s Chris Matthews during live coverage following Obama’s February 9, 2009 press conference.
Anchor Anderson Cooper: “What do you think this President’s staff is saying to him tonight? What would you say to him tonight after this press conference?”
Senior political analyst David Gergen: “Well done. Pour it on….I thought it was a classic and shrewd exercise of presidential power.”
— Exchange on CNN following Obama’s press conference, February 9, 2009.
“I like to say that, in some ways, Barack Obama is the first President since George Washington to be taking a step down into the Oval Office. I mean, from visionary leader of a giant movement, now he’s got an executive position that he has to perform in, in a way.”
Read the rest at Newsbusters.
It’s obvious the media has an agenda. 20 years ago at least they made a veiled attempt to hide their disdain for Republicans. Today, they are out in the open with their bias. The American people, liberal or conservative, should expect more from their media.