Over the last several days, I’ve been highly impressed with how the media has covered the claim that Trump referred to certain countries as “s***hole countries”. They didn’t assume he’d said it. Instead, they reported that it was claimed that he said it. First it was Democratic Senator Dick Durban who made this claim. Lindsey Graham has said something very close to it also. The media has been on top of every detail as soon as they become available! I heard George Stephanopoulos this morning saying essentially that Trump “probably said it” on the basis that Trump didn’t deny it at first, and seemed to be feeling around to see how the public was reacting to it. Trump then started denying it when it became clear that the public wasn’t receiving it well. Spot on, George!
With the media’s fair and thorough coverage of this issue, it shouldn’t be long before we know for sure whether or not President Trump really did call Haiti, and Africa, and much of Latin America, “s***hole countries”. They will interview every single Senator who was in that room, and they will get to the bottom of this. I’m sure that as soon as they are sure, they’ll make sure to report it all over every major network so that we all can be sure of what Trump surely said.
Most importantly of all, I really appreciate the media for not getting distracted. It seems every time Trump says something horrible, his base supporters use deflection. Talk about anything but that! And there’s so many things with which the media could have been deflected from this oh so important story of Trump saying “s***hole countries”. Here’s a list of all the things the media has not allowed to distract them:
- ISIS is defeated in Iraq, and nearly defeated in Syria, but they may be regrouping in still chaotic Syria.
- Following the 2010 “no fly zone”, largely pushed into US policy by then Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, Libya has devolved into a semi-anarchic slave trading state . Al Jazeera has been all over this for years, but our mainstream media has only picked it up recently. But I’m glad they’re shelving this minor story to focus on whether or not Trump called Libya a “s***hole”! #priorities
- Trump recently pardoned 5 banksters for fraud charges . Only independent sources like Free Thought Project have wasted their time with this little distraction.
- GDP is soaring, unemployment is low, but some experts worry that a recession is just around the corner
- Iran has been secretly sending weapons to the Shi’a side of the deadly Yemeni civil war that has been raging since 2015, and the UN has recently confirmed this fact.
- Former Haitian dictator Duvalier may have laundered money through Trump Tower. Sure, this kind of thing is part of the reason Haiti would be considered a “s***hole” country, but let’s not deflect!
- DACA will soon expire for many, and over the next year, more undocumented immigrants brought here as children, most of whom are peaceful, will find themselves vulnerable to deportation to a native land they barely remember, without serious immigration reform. But let’s not get distracted with the details, like those silly libertarians at the CATO Institute (Oh libertarians with the obsession with policies and how they actually effect regular people!)
Thank goodness our televised media knows how to stay focused! They won’t rest until they get to the bottom of whether or not Trump said “s***hole countries”, and if so, exactly which countries he was referring to. Let Huffington Post, and CATO, and independent rabble rousers like the Free Thought Project worry about all these diversions.
Thank goodness though that we have wonderful corporations like Google to protect us from this unimportant news by setting their search engine to show preference to the important stuff. Mr. Trump! You are on notice! We will find out what you said, and the America people will know the truth!
The price of freedom is eternal vigilance – Thomas Jefferson
*On a serious note, I really appreciate Huffington Post’s Dwayne Wong (cited in number 2 above) for putting this in perspective. I’m glad to see that semi-mainstream media sources in print and online can get past the sensationalism pushed by televised media and actual engage in the often thankless job of journalism.
Related to this Africa issue, you may also enjoy my recent column for The Pavlovic Today “MLK On The Evils Of War”