The Media Is Going to Make This a Long Four Years

On Friday, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America. On Saturday, women across the country gathered to voice their concerns, anger, and frustration over things both related and unrelated to Donald Trump.

Not content to share the spotlight, Donald Trump gave a speech before the CIA, telling them their feud was blown out of proportion by the media. Press Secretary Sean Spicer came out and called the media liars because of their reporting of the crowd sizes and audience sizes during the inauguration. Near as anyone can tell, neither Trump nor Spicer were telling the truth.

The media responded as expected, and split coverage between the protests and Trump’s remarks. By Sunday, Trump’s remarks were the only thing anyone was talking about.

Whether or not you think Trump is playing the media like a pro or the media is just so hostile that they are making dumb decisions (these may not be mutually exclusive, I might add), the fact of the matter is that the media is doing exactly what it should not be doing when it comes to Donald Trump.

They are taking him personally.

I am already exhausted with their coverage of Trump, and it’s going to get worse. They are dead set on making everything about him. Every word he says will be a gaffe. Every action he takes will be offensive. Every time he breathes, it will get negative coverage.

He will respond to any and all negative coverage with a retaliatory tweet or send Spicer out to do it publicly (or both!). The media will look around and say “He’s attacking our credibility! To war!” and respond as they did this weekend.

We are going to get inundated with so much negative coverage of Trump that by 2020, everyone but Fox will have tanked in the ratings. Unless, of course, they change.

What does the media have to do? It’s really pretty easy: Stop taking everything so personally. Yes, he is the President of the United States, so literally everything he says and does is newsworthy. But it is not negative-coverage-worthy simply because he said it or attacked you.

What happens is that journalists, largely a bunch of twenty- to thirty-year-olds these days (though they are not the only guilty ones), have forgotten that one of the key rules of journalism is to report the story and not be the story. They are letting Trump make themselves the story and, in doing so, they hurt their own credibility.

Coverage of Trump has to be smart. It has to be equal parts tough and fair. You cannot go into a story about him with a clear agenda of your own.

Frankly, that’s what’s gotten you in this mess in the first place.

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Ch-ch-changes: Trump Administration Takes Big Steps Toward Moving Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP)

President Trump spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by phone on Sunday, a conversation which Trump described as “very good.” It was widely expected the two would talk about the potential move of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, although it was not mentioned in the White House statement on the call.

It is reportedly a topic they agreed to discuss further in a meeting they’ve arranged for February, according to their offices. An anonymous source was cited by an Israeli newspaper late Sunday night in a report that claims the White House will make the announcement Monday evening about their intent to move the embassy, and that report has been cited by The Independent and other outlets. We’ll find out tonight if that is correct, obviously.

Ahead of the call, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked Sunday about the potential major shift in American policy. “We are at the very beginning stages of even discussing this subject,” he told reporters.

The Jerusalem Embassy Act passed by Congress in 1995 to recognize the city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to have the embassy moved has never been acted on, but will come up over the next few weeks as the story continues to build. Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama have all issued waivers citing executive authority in order to not enact the law. Obama’s last such waiver lasts until June of this year.

Opposition to moving the embassy is strong, especially among Democrats, and is criticized as being a destabilizing act that would threaten the peace process. Palestinians consider Jerusalem to be their capital.

Whether the move happens or not, it is a definite sign of warming relations between the two countries following a disastrous eight years of antagonism under President Obama’s leadership. These may not sound like “big” steps, but as a break from the previous administration’s policy, this is practically a tectonic shift. The fact that it can even be discussed so openly, at such a high level, and with what appears to be serious intent is a rather remarkable change for the first few days of an administration.

It won’t be easy or without danger, but it is the right thing to do.

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San Antonio Mall Shooting Update: Man With Concealed Carry Permit Stops One Suspect

This one looks like a robbery gone bad. According to San Antonio Police, two men were attempting to rob a jewelry store at the mall when something went wrong:

Police Chief William McManus said two suspects robbed a jewelry store at the Rolling Oaks Mall on Sunday.

“What we have here is a robbery gone really, really bad,” McManus said.

After the suspects fled the store, a man, described by McManus as a “good Samaritan” tried to stop the two men.

One of the robbers then fatally shot the man, McManus said.

A second individual, who was carrying a licensed concealed weapon, then shot and wounded the robber who had killed the person who intervened, McManus said.

McManus called the fatal shooting “absolutely senseless.” The victim’s name was not immediately released by authorities.

The other robber fled the mall, firing his weapon and injuring a man and a woman. These two individuals, along with the injured robber, were taken to local hospital, said San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood.

Two other people— a woman who complained of chest pains and a pregnant woman who had labor pains — were also taken to local hospitals, Hood said.

The condition of the people who were injured in the incident was not immediately available.

McManus says police are still looking for the other robber who is believed to have left the mall.

It’s really unfortunate the good samaritan died trying to help. It doesn’t say whether or not he was armed but if he was, they’d have reported it. Thankfully, the person with the concealed carry permit was there.

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WATCH: Cult Worship At Its Peak, As SNL Cast Sings In Front Of A Portrait Of Obama

This was bad.

It was so bad.

Just when you think the liberal tears over the end of the error known as the Obama years have all been cried out, Saturday Night Live steps in with a cringe-worthy performance.

Cast members, Cecily Strong and Sasheer Zamata belted out what was supposed to be a serious performance of the 1967 hit, “To Sir, With Love” in front of a black and white portrait of Obama.

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At the end of the song, in big letters across the screen are the words, “Thank you President Obama.”

Saturday Night Live stopped being entertaining, years ago. And while I’ve enjoyed Alec Baldwin’s mimicry of Donald Trump, even that doesn’t buy them the kind of good will they need to make up for something this pathetically insipid.

This is the kind of worship of a man who brought the nation to weakness abroad, and who fomented the resurrection of racial unrest at home that drives sane individuals to loathe the unhinged zealots of the left.

Yeah. Thanks, Obama.

Thanks for nothing.

Watch for yourselves, if your gag reflex can take it.

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