COMMENTARY: A biased press?


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In a recent commentary (The shutdown and the border openers), Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham (B/G) join President Trump’s practice of bashing the media because, in their opinion, the media favors the Democratic Party’s positions in their reporting.

B/G claim that their Media Research Center’s recent study shows that “… when it came time to assess blame for the shutdown, the network evening news shows blamed Trump 133 occasions and singled out the Democrats only 23 times.”

Well, let’s see if the media was correct in doing so.

B/G may not have watched the televised negotiations between Trump, Pelosi and Schumer held before the shutdown. If they had, they would have heard Trump say “I am proud to shut down the government for border security. I’m not going to blame you for it … I will take the mantel. I will be the one to shut it down.” Schumer replied, “We shouldn’t shut down the government over a dispute.”

Now, I admit that English is not my first language, but it would be my limited understanding from those statements that the President was man enough to take the blame if the government did shut down. It did and he was (correctly blamed for it). So, guys, what’s your beef with the media?

B/G also complain that the media gives too much coverage to the new Democratic Party members whom he refers to as extremists. They claim that these extremists now control the party and are forcing Pelosi and the party to take the nonsensical position that there will be no border wall funding.

Those members, they claim, feel embolden by the knowledge that the media will give them all the air time they want. Well actually, I think they are emboldened by the fact that they are in the majority and have the numbers to move the legislation they want. I suggest they go back a few years when Paul Ryan was speaker.

Remember when no legislation, regardless of how beneficial it might be, moved unless it was first approved by a majority of the Republican members.

It didn’t matter that a bill could pass with Republican and Democratic members’ votes.

It had to have prior approval solely by a majority of the Republican members before it could even be brought up for consideration.

Now, as they say, the shoe is on the other foot. It is now the majority of Democratic Party votes that will determine what moves and doesn’t move. Chill, B/G, you know that what goes around, comes around.

The Democrats are suggesting spending money for more border agents, judges, drones, and new security systems for airports and other ports of entry.

The land, air, and ocean ports of entry is where the majority of drugs are smuggled through. So, it’s not that the Dems are against border security, they just don’t want to fund a wall.

The President says he wants to keep his campaign promise. I think he should. Remember what his promise was? “Were going to build a big, beautiful wall, and Mexico is going to pay for it.” So, if Mexico is to pay for it, why should the American taxpayers fund the wall?

B/G also claim that the media only gives Trump negative media coverage. Trump, a draft dodger, claims he knows more than the generals and the media reports that, is that negative coverage.

What about when he claims we have defeated ISIS and the intelligent services and military says that is not true, would coverage of his remarks be negative coverage?

When Trump claims he will take the blame for the shutdown and the media reports it, is that negative coverage?

When Trump claims that border barriers turned El Paso from being one of the most dangerous cities to one of the safest and the Republican mayor and the people say that is simply not true, and the media reports that, is that negative coverage? Trumps reaction to the mayor’s statement was a crisp, “(he’s) full of crap.”

As I write this, we learn that the congressional negotiators have reached agreement on border funding in order to avoid a shutdown. What will the President do?

Hint: listen to what Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh say about the deal.

Melchor Chavez is a Harlingen resident who regularly writes to the Valley Morning Star.