Media Are Indeed An Opposition Party … Here’s Why

It was and remains a succinct, salient observation.

In September of last year, with the presidential campaign in high gear, Salena Zito, writing in The Atlantic, analyzed the relationship between Republican nominee Donald Trump, members of the press who covered his campaign and Americans who supported his candidacy. Zito observed … the press takes him literally, but not seriously; his supporters take him seriously, but not literally.

That concept remains central to Trump’s steadfast support among voters, as well as the palpable contempt with which the Liberal Media Complex (a.k.a. ‘mainstream’ media) views him. When you literally critique someone who’s overtly prone to exaggeration, and whose politics and policies you reject, expect to be driven bonkers.

Now, what if the liberal media had applied their literal standards to Barack Obama when he was president? After all, it was Mr. Obama who was fond of noting that, “Not just 99.5% of scientists and experts, but 99% of world leaders” shared the notion that “climate change is real, man-made and dangerous.”

Now, I’m not a climate scientist, or a world leader, but I can tell you that whenever someone cites 99% or 99.5% of anyone or anything, chances are they’re either ignorant or a liar … or perhaps they’re simply … prone to exaggeration.

Did The New York Times, The Atlantic or others among the Liberal Media Complex go bonkers over Mr. Obama’s repeatedly purveying such a whopper, and others like it? Of course not.

That’s because they didn’t take Mr. Obama literally … they took him seriously.

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