Trump the authoritarian

Trump the authoritarian

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By: Allen Nitschelm on July 14, 2019 | Media Criticism

This is a review of the following Boston Globe Article:
Article Title Trump backs down on census question
Date 07/12/2019
Article Link Boston Globe ( Page A1 )
Syndicated From New York Times
Journalist Adam Liptak
Katie Rogers
Michael Crowley
Article Summary

Trump decides to count illegal immigrants another way, rather than the census.

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Here is a link to a recent opinion piece in the New York Times which charges Donald Trump with being an authoritarian leader. This means he is, or is trying to become, or wants to be, a dictator. This means he doesn’t follow the rule of law and would prefer to just make his own rules. Here is the link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/10/opinion/resistance-democrats-pelosi-schumer.html

Here’s a link from January which claims Trump’s “agenda” is authoritarian: https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2019/01/13/how-the-shutdown-is-a-win-for-trumps-authoritarian-agenda/#4326a89e250f

And here’s another example from The Hill: https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/447970-trump-doesnt-fit-stereotype-of-dictators-because-hes-an-american-authoritarian

So the media likes to portray Trump as a lawless would-be dictator. Then how does it explain his decision to back down after the Supreme Court declined to allow the Trump administration to ask an obvious question on the census, which is, are you a citizen?

So this is an example of how the media ignores evidence that contradicts its premise. Otherwise, we would see a bunch of mea culpas in the coming weeks from reporters who have made this charge but are now retracting it based on new evidence.

We should see similar retractions from all the reporters who claimed or speculated that Donald Trump would seize power illegally to extend his term (whether that is after next November or four years later.)

So how does the media cover this story? First, it ignores that it contradicts another common narrative, and then it portrays Trump in a bad light. You see, he is a loser. He tried to add the citizenship question to the census and he simply couldn’t get it done.

He backed down. He waved the white flag. This was an anti-climactic end to a showdown Trump escalated. He ended his quest not with a bang but with a whimper. Etc. No mention of the rule of law, or the fact that Trump could have tried to sign an executive order and did not.

So you see, it makes no difference what Trump does. He will be covered negatively no matter what.

 

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