CNN’s Stelter: Trump’s brief ride to wave to supporters was slap in the face … to the media

CNN’s Stelter: Trump’s brief ride to wave to supporters was slap in the face … to the media
Presidents' motorcade (Image: Twitter screen grab)

Yesterday, Donald Trump took a short ride along the streets surrounding the Walter Reed hospital complex to wave to supporters who have held a vigil outside the facility. The brief appearance might also have been designed to appease the media, which a day earlier complained that reports from the White House on the president’s condition were “contradictory” and “confusing.”

So did the press dutifully inform readers and viewers that the president seems to making a speedy recovery, and that all is well? Not in America in the year 2020! Many outlets carped that the “joyride” was irresponsible because it puts Secret Service members at risk. Never mind that members of the Secret Service members accompanied  Trump to the hospital on Friday and have been close by ever since or that that is their job.

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CNN’s Brian Stelter cooked up a different — and frankly more hilarious — grievance. His beef was that the White  House press pool was “not informed about this photo op ,,, which is a grievous breach of protocol.” Stelter said this with a totally straight face, as you can see by watching the video that follows.

He goes on to quote Zeke Miller, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, as saying. “It is outrageous for the president to have left the hospital … without a protective[!] pool present to ensure that the American people know where their president is and how he is doing. … [T]he American public deserves independent coverage of the president so that they can be reliably informed about his health.”

And who is going to “reliably inform” the public? The same media that distorts or looks for hidden innuendoes in everything the president does, including this ride, which Stelter writes off as propagrandistic?

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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