Haste makes waste. And in the noggin of this blogger, sometimes it takes me 24 or 48 hours to discover the "waste."
Okay, my February 16 post wasn't a total waste, but it occurred to me that I should have held off on publishing it because I forgot to address something I stated I would near the beginning: The Trump administration's dealings with the news media.
Not sure if it's due to my family switching Internet providers, something quirky in my Chrome browser, or what, but I had my total post ready to go and then I lost some saved changes. I went ahead and posted without reviewing it as I was in a hurry to wrap up and go to work. So, now that the excuse-making is out of the way, on to the heart of the matter...
The Trump administration's interface with the media has been mosh pit-like in its chaos, collisions and caustic criticism going both ways (popcorn, chair urgently needed)...
Kellyanne Conway did a brilliant job heading up Trump's floundering campaign after she took over from Paul Manafort last summer. But it seems she has been a bit overexposed of late, and despite her training as a lawyer, brilliant instincts and ability to think fast on her feet, she's not immune to making stupid mistakes.
For example, a few weeks ago, regarding the threats that prompted Trump to issue the executive order banning travel from seven Muslim nations, she referred to a "Bowling Green massacre" when no such incident occurred. In fact, she must have gotten confused, as it is true that two Iraqi citizens living in Bowling Green, Ky., were arrested and eventually sentenced to federal prison for attempting to send weapons and money to al-Qaeda.
Conway and others including senior advisor Stephen Miller seem to love going on cable networks to spar with the likes of Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow, Scott Pelley and dozens of other left-wing hacks who dominate the airwaves. But what good does that do? It's like getting into a political discussion with that insufferable uncle you only see once or twice a year. Who needs the grief & frustration?
It seems that tens of millions of people in this country are set in their ways when it comes to the political landscape and their ideological beliefs. If the network jackals and shrill left-wing rags like the New York Times and Washington Post want to focus 90 percent of their energy and efforts on demonizing Trump and all he stands for, well, they're just preaching to the choir. On Internet forums, there's an old saying posters use to remind each other not to encourage ignorant blowhards who just like to be provocative: "Don't feed the trolls." Why keep pouring gasoline on this progressive fire? It is an utter waste of time.
Go ahead and continue Tweeting if you wish, Donald (but focus on issues of substance, not inane fare like beauty pageants, Nordstrom's clothing lines or the latest blather from Meryl Streep). And do news conferences on video, then release them to Youtube. Do whatever you have to do to bypass the jackasses. Your supporters will love you for it, and you may even win over some of the formerly uninformed/apathetic.
If I were in Trump's shoes, I would pull in the reins a bit on his spokespeople. Focus on doing the people's business and let the angry Left and its media stooges just keep digging their grave deeper and deeper. That's what Ronald Reagan did. True, he didn't have social media, 24/7 cable news and all the rest hammering away at him. But he also didn't have many tools to oppose the biased ABC/NBC/CBS/NY Times/Washington Post brigades of the Left. There wasn't much talk radio in those days, either. In fact, Rush Limbaugh's program began in the final year of Reagan's eight-year presidency.
But Reagan knew that actions speak louder than words, and he knew the results of his policies would put him in good stead with the American people. Trump must observe Reagan's mastery, and learn from it.