Which makes good sense given what we all know concerning the President.
It is a President who has, all through his life, lived in a self-created bubble. He retains a really tight inside circle, which he populates, primarily, with members of the family and “sure” women and men. Anybody who veers from the popular storyline — which is, at all times, “you are nice, Mr. President” — is both pushed out of his inside circle or fired.
This bubble extends, sometimes, to the media interviews the President chooses to grant. On Tuesday morning, Trump referred to as into “Fox & Buddies,” the morning present on the conservative cable community that successfully capabilities as a cheerleading squad for the President and all of his insurance policies. On Wednesday evening, he’ll seem in an hour-long city corridor hosted by Eric Bolling of Sinclair Broadcast Group, one other conservative TV outlet.
In response to CBS Information White Home Correspondent Mark Knoller
, Trump has given 10 instances as many interviews to Fox as he has to any
outlet since he turned president. This is Knoller’s depend:
Fox Information (all platforms): 115
Wall Avenue Journal: 10
Washington Put up: 8
New York Instances: 8
CBS: 7 (together with Tuesday’s “60 Minutes” interview)
Related Press: 2
Because the 2020 election has grown nearer — and ballot after ballot means that Trump is a transparent underdog towards former Vice President Joe Biden — the President has retreated deeper and deeper into the cozy confines of the conservative media world — the place he’s nonetheless portrayed as a winner combating for America and Democrats and the media are deeply corrupted forces, masking up numerous unlawful actions. Or one thing.
However sometimes, Trump is compelled to interrupt out of that bubble in hopes of reaching voters exterior of his hardcore base. And that is when the difficulty arises. As a result of precise journalists exterior of Trump’s self-affirming bubble ask actual and difficult questions. Questions on his mishandling of the coronavirus. Questions on his hassle with telling the reality. Questions on his questionable Twitter habits.
Final week, Trump sat down for a primetime city corridor with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie. And, predictably, it did not go effectively for Trump. Principally as a result of Guthrie refused to let him simply say issues that have been unfaithful or filibuster on issues he did not need to reply. Trump made information — not the great sort — along with his refusal to disavow QAnon, an Web conspiracy idea that the FBI labeled as a possible home terror risk, and his rambling however revealing solutions on his personal tax returns.
Trump, along with his bubble pricked, responded as he at all times does — with private assaults.
“All people thought it was so inappropriate,” Trump mentioned of Guthrie at a marketing campaign cease the day after the city corridor. “Savannah — it was like her face, the anger, the craziness.” He additionally instructed that Guthrie had “disappeared” after the city corridor. “No one can discover her. She’s not too well-liked proper now.” Guthrie, it is price noting, was internet hosting the “As we speak” present — like she at all times does — the morning Trump claimed she had “disappeared.”
Which brings me to Trump’s 60 Minutes walkout.
Trump, being Trump, instantly sought to spin it in his favor. He tweeted
out a snippet of video of Stahl not sporting a masks as proof of the alleged hypocrisy within the media. An individual aware of the scenario informed CNN that the video tweeted by Trump got here within the instant aftermath of Trump ending the interview.
As Collins and Abdallah famous: “Stahl had not but gone again to get her private belongings to place her masks again on. She had a masks on from the time she entered the White Home and simply earlier than the interview started.”
Trump additionally threatened, by way of Twitter
, that “for the sake of accuracy in reporting, I’m contemplating posting my interview with Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes, PRIOR TO AIRTIME! This will probably be carried out so that everyone can get a glimpse of what a FAKE and BIASED interview is all about.”
Which he may do! However the interview will nearly actually not present any kind of bias. Slightly, it’ll present Stahl asking exhausting (and honest!) questions on Trump’s dealing with of Covid-19, which has sickened greater than 8 million Individuals and killed greater than 221,000.
As a result of Trump not often is compelled out of his fantasy bubble, he cannot take the warmth when actual reporters ask him actual questions. So he took his ball and went house.