The mainstream media should thank its lucky stars that it isn’t President Donald Trump who writes their paychecks. During his massively popular rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Trump fired back at the media’s perceived bias in covering the first 100 days of his administration and issued a “big, fat failing grade” on their performance overall.
Saturday saw Trump become the first sitting president since Ronald Reagan in 1981 to skip the White House Correspondents Dinner, an event dedicated to celebrating mediocre comedy and giving journalism’s elite class an opportunity to pat itself on the back, as wealthy liberals are so prone to do.
“A large group of Hollywood actors and Washington media are consoling each other in a hotel ballroom in our nation’s capital right now. They are gathered together for the White House Correspondent’s Dinner — without the president!” Trump said, drawing a chorus of boos from his enormous crowd.
The president went on to once again declare that CNN and MSNBC are “fake news” and quipped that he may show up to the dinner next year to liven things up. Trump then pivoted to an impromptu grading session.
“Let’s rate the media’s 100 days, should we do that?” Trump asked the audience. “Because as you know, they are a disgrace.”
There were no shortage of resources for Trump to draw from. He cited a slew of polls and surveys revealing that over half of Americans believe the media is out of touch with day-to-day life, that 89 percent of the media’s coverage has been hostile toward the Trump administration, and that 96 percent of journalists who made campaign contributions in the last election donated to Hillary Clinton.
Trump then opened fire at the “Failing New York Times” for a slew of poor business decisions and financial shortcomings, observing: “And then they write nasty editorials and op-eds telling me how I should be handling world events and our country.”