Why exactly does President Trump feel the need to continually attack the news media? Is it because they refuse to adore him and shower him with praise? Or could there be another, more personal reason that motivates the president?
A CNN panel examined that very question Thursday evening, with New York Times columnist Charles Blow and CNN media analyst Brian Stelter suggesting that the reason may lie deep inside Trump’s psyche. As Stelter noted:
“I thought it was revealing the way he was doing that saying, ‘NBC, I made them a lot of money with ‘The Apprentice,’ they take care of me, but they’re so mean to me. It shows the transactional way he thinks of the media, the way he thinks about business and maybe about politics and governing. But let’s make no mistake, we’re seeing this coordinating campaign by Trump and his allies to tear down news outlets they don’t like, news outlets that are trying to hold them accountable. It happens to be CNN today. It happens to be NBC on Trump’s mind today. It will be others as well. It’s been others in the past, others in the future. What Polish citizens and American citizens have in common is a desire for a truly free press.”
Host Don Lemon suggested that the president may be especially hard on CNN because he feels the network has been the most aggressive on the Russia story. That led Blow to comment:
“In addition to what you’re saying, it underlines the incredible narcissism of the president. I mean, everything he says is about ‘how the press has treated me,’ how ‘NBC has treated me,’ ‘what I did for them and they didn’t repay me.’ It is never about — even the investigation, the Russia investigation, it’s never about the health of the country. It’s never about protecting the institutions that make the country great. It’s never about, like, ‘something that is bigger than me.’ It is always about — ‘everything that is as small as me’ with this man.”
Once we all begin viewing Trump from a personal and psychological perspective, Blow added, we can better understand what he does:
“Not that it makes it right, it just makes it make sense that he cannot see anything greater than himself. That kind of drags the presidency down. That drags the country down. That makes us all sit around and talk about these — talk about his feelings and whether or not his fragility is in play and whether or not he is something that someone said that he didn’t agree with and that he now tosses around the idea of fake news as if it is interchangeable with whether or not it is laudatory for me or not. And that’s crazy.”
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org