Legacy media became predictably hysterical after President Donald Trump’s speech Friday defending American exceptionalism at one of the nation’s most iconic monuments, Mount Rushmore.
“We will state the truth in full, without apology: We declare that the United States of America is the most just and exceptional nation ever to exist on Earth,” Trump proclaimed from the South Dakota Black Hills. “We are proud of the face that our country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, and we understand that these values have dramatically advanced the cause of peace and justice throughout the world.”
The media translation of this could come straight out of an article from the satire website Babylon Bee. Trump says America is good, media leaps to Orange Man Bad.
“President Trump delivered a dark and divisive speech at Mount Rushmore, leaning into the culture wars and barely mentioning the pandemic,” blasted The New York Times just moments following the Independence Day address.
The usual culprits followed suit, publishing blatant opinion pieces deriding the president’s patriotic address celebrating American heroes as pushing “racial division” and “exploiting social divisions” while advertising these attack articles as “news.”
Pres. Donald Trump pushes racial division, flouts virus rules at the foot of Mount Rushmore. https://t.co/xMXv7fLaXN
— ABC News (@ABC) July 4, 2020
At Mount Rushmore, Trump exploits social divisions, warns of ‘left-wing cultural revolution’ in dark speech ahead of Independence Day. https://t.co/kXEOf8tcnI
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 4, 2020
President Trump’s unyielding push to preserve Confederate symbols and the legacy of white domination was crystallized by his harsh denunciation of the racial justice movement Friday night at Mount Rushmore.
— Robert Costa (@costareports) July 4, 2020
Yet CNN’s political editor-at-large Chris Cillizza appeared to be completely oblivious to this latest battle on the cultural front, saying he had no idea about the movement to blow up Mount Rushmore in a piece attempting to make Trump look ridiculous headlined, “The 28 most outrageous lines from Donald Trump’s Mount Rushmore speech.”
Here’s the line from Trump that Cillizza took issue with: “I am here as your President to proclaim, before the country and before the world, this monument will never be desecrated.”
“Uh, was there some sort of movement to tear down Mount Rushmore I was unaware of or…?” Cillizza wrote.
Haven’t seen this much gaslighting since Victorian-era London. pic.twitter.com/K48nGYhEJY
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) July 4, 2020
As a matter of fact, yes. Statues memorializing each American hero whose face graces the peak of Mount Rushmore have been demolished or removed across the country. Further, a Quillette survey out last month shows 44 percent of self-identifying liberals support destroying the mountain monument. The Democratic Party gave credence to the insane proposal.
It’s no wonder why, then, Trump consistently characterizes the mainstream media as the “enemy of the people.”
Yes, a free and independent press engaged in the relentless pursuit of truth is fundamental to the functioning of a healthy democracy. What America possesses today, however, is a corporate media filled with individuals who very well might believe they’re being objective, but have honed their journalistic skills under the instruction of far-left professors, providing yet another illustration of the extent that decades of un-checked left-wing academia have undermined the nation’s mainstream institutions.
If one hadn’t been convinced already, the media infected with a severe case of Trump Derangement Syndrome have now shown they’ll lie about anything. After spending nearly half a decade attempting to legitimize fanatical conspiracies about Russia in a brazen attempt to undermine Trump’s presidency,the media’s alleged truth-tellers have misled the public on virutally every issue since Trump took office.
They’ve lied about Trump’s call with the Ukrainian president that kicked off a pointless impeachment attempt. They’ve lied about coronavirus to attack Republicans. They’ve lied about the lockdowns destroying public health while celebrating mass protests in the name of social justice over social distancing. They’ve lied about the riots tearing apart minority communities, instead painting them as peaceful protestors seeking justice from the same media who have convinced them that America is a fundamentally unjust society.
"This mostly a protest. It is not, generally speaking, unruly.
But fires have been started."
MSNBC reporter says protests in Minneapolis are not "generally speaking, unruly" as buildings burn in the background. pic.twitter.com/IzzEmKgxhM
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 29, 2020
They’ve also lied about anarchal demands to “defund police,” attempting to cover up for the increased radicalism by claiming to the public that protestor calls really mean “reform police.” One must wonder, then, why the Minneapolis City Council voted to completely dismantle its city’s law enforcement charged with protecting its nearly half a million residents.
Now the radicalized media has taken to lying about a speech entirely focused on American pride. This dark turn is merely a preview of what is to come with the less than 120 days until election day. Corporate media’s operations to oust the president at all costs, even to the detriment of its credibility under a full-blown self-destruction, will intensify along with the extremes.
In the end, even if Trump fails to capture a second term, no one wins in the following paradox. The media loses what is left of its historically low public trust and America remains deeply divided while its institutions go unchecked by an unreliable outside branch. If the media coverage of former Vice President Joe Biden is any indication of the level of scrutiny planned for the potential incoming Democrat administration, one can expect far less accountability for Democrat officials at the height of government power.
The media’s obsession with destroying Trump is also destroying the country. As of this writing, COVID-19 death rates are still plummeting, and they could continue to decline into no longer being an epidemic threat. The media will not report that, however, which could save countless lives by lifting lockdowns. Instead, media types with a severe animus towards Trump will charge the president with manipulating the Centers for Disease Control to declare an end to the pandemic for the sake of re-election.
At the end of the day, the facts don’t matter to corporat emedia. It’s all about Trump, even if it destroys the country — and it will.