Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Donald Trump: The Truth is in the Eye of the Beholder

The anti- and pro-Trump bias in the media has reached the point where it is difficult to ascertain the truth.  This became blatantly obvious during the pre-amble to the recent G20 summit when Donald Trump gave a press conference on the eve of his first face-to-face meeting with Russia's President, Vladimir Putin and a speech given to the Polish people after his meeting with Poland after his meeting with Poland's President, Andrezej Duda.  Let's look at the coverage of Trump's visit to Poland from the anti- and pro-Trump angles:

A quote:

"On the eve of his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump held a press conference in Poland and declared that “nobody really knows” who meddled in the 2016 election.
Trump’s assessment breaks sharply from the U.S. intelligence community, which has pinned the blame squarely on Russia.

Trump was asked: “Will you once and for all, yes or no, say that Russia definitive interfered with the 2016 election.”

He refused to do so, saying that “it could have been other people in other countries....

Trump then turned his attention to the media, saying “many of your compatriots had to change their reporting and apologize and they had to correct” their reporting on Russian interference. (Trump is referring to this technical correction by the AP, regarding how many agencies were actively involved in the intelligence assessment, which doesn’t actually speak to the issue of Russian involvement.)

Trump then used that as a jumping off point for casting more doubt on Russian interference. “Nobody really knows. Nobody really knows for sure,” Trump said....

Trump’s response — while internally incoherent — will likely please Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has denied involvement in election-related hacking." (my bold)

A quote:

"In his speech in Poland on Thursday, Donald Trump referred 10 times to “the West” and five times to “our civilization.” His white nationalist supporters will understand exactly what he means. It’s important that other Americans do, too....

The most shocking sentence in Trump’s speech—perhaps the most shocking sentence in any presidential speech delivered on foreign soil in my lifetime—was his claim that “The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive.” On its face, that’s absurd. Jihadist terrorists can kill people in the West, but unlike Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union, they cannot topple even the weakest European government. Jihadists control no great armies. Their ideologies have limited appeal even among the Muslims they target with their propaganda. ISIS has all but lost Mosul and could lose Raqqa later this year." (my bold)

A quote:

"This was a speech filled with remarkably apt references to Polish history, a subject surely few people suspected the president came to office familiar with. There were multiple references to Pulaski and Kosciusko, the Poles who crossed the Atlantic to fight for American independence, and to the Miracle of Vistula in 1920, when the Polish army under General Pilsudski repelled a Soviet invasion.

Trump recounted Pope John Paul II's 1979 sermon before 1 million of his fellow Poles and how they responded by chanting, "We want God." "Poland is the story of a people who have never lost hope, who have never been broken, and who have never, ever forgotten who they are."
It's interesting that a president who proclaims he serves "America first" should make a point of hailing Polish nationalism. It provides credibility to Trump appointees who say that "America first" does not mean "America alone." It shows that an American nationalist can appreciate and admire another nation's nationalism....

More than these historic references, Putin must dislike Trump's call for Russia to "cease its destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere and its support for hostile regimes —including Syria and Iran."

4.) Fox News:

A quote:

"Ronald Reagan is nodding.  If anyone doubted President Trump’s grasp of history, doubt no more.   Today, on the site of the Warsaw Uprising, in the heart of democratic Poland, President Trump gave the most powerful speech of his presidency.

In an echo of Reagan’s “tear down this wall” speech given 30 years ago last month, President Trump declared Poland’s defense of freedom and Western values an enduring “symbol of hope.”  He honored the Polish people, their character and their patriots in a time of shared threats.

Then, he did more.  As Reagan challenged the Soviet communist ideology, predicting it would end on the “ash heap of history,” Trump extended his Middle East call to unity.  He declared “radical Islamic terror” an “oppressive ideology” doomed by its own inherent evil and “violence against innocents.

Obviously, unless you are an individual that has the time or inclination to survey several news sources on a daily basis, your impression/approval of Donald Trump will vary with the bias of the news source that you read.  Unfortunately, the purveyors of what passes for editorializing and news know that most Americans (and people from other nations) will never actually take the time to ensure that news coverage is accurate.
So, in light of this reality, here is a video of his speech to the Polish people:

Here is a video of the press conference held with Polish President Duda on June 7, 2017:

It is becoming increasingly apparent that American voters who are truly interested in an unbiased opinion of Donald Trump's performance have no choice but to go to the original source of his comments to ensure that they are avoiding mainstream (and not so mainstream) media propagandizing.  It's pretty obvious that the United States media is becoming viciously biased in their coverage, a fact that is doing no favours to anyone who wants the truth.  Always remember, the truth is in the eye of the beholder.

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