It’s their default setting to be offended, outraged and angered by anything their President says: take a look at this:
Donald Trump just put the 'Me' in his Memorial Day tweet
President Donald Trump went in, um, another direction on Monday. "Happy Memorial Day! Those who died for our great…
“Happy Memorial Day! Those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today. Best economy in decades, lowest unemployment numbers for Blacks and Hispanics EVER (& women in 18years), rebuilding our Military and so much more. Nice!”
It is a tweet, not the Gettysburg Address, yet the CNN coverage devotes an entire page to taking the tweet as far out of context as they could. It is of course impossible to know whether dead heroes would have approved of the direction the US economy is heading, but it is hard to to see how the rust-belt unemployment wasteland of the previous decade was any kind of memorial to their sacrifice.
CNN don’t wish to focus on the fact that the USA today has the lowest unemployment numbers since the 1960’s, the best female unemployment in 18 years and the lowest Black and Hispanic unemployment ever! Virtually every KPI for the economy and for optimism about the future is at all-time highs. That’s not a good story for CNN: it makes Donald Trump look competent, Presidential and that rarity, a politician who keeps his promises.
So their editorial team met in a back room and asked each other “How can we make this into a story that demonises Trump?”
“Let’s ignore the good news for America, and say it’s all about Trump praising his own achievements instead of mourning the fallen in a solemn manner!”
“That might work, let’s run with it, and don’t spare the indignation!”
The funny thing is, CNN don’t really matter anymore: the public gets it direct on Twitter, CNN doesn’t control the narrative any more. It will be interesting to see how the mid-term elections go in this scenario.