S.E. Cupp: All presidents (and candidates) deserve Trump-level scrutiny from the press

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  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    April 2, 2019 8:37 a.m.

    To "JoeBlow" ok, can Trump declare war? The answer is NO. Can Trump create US law without approval from Congress? The answer is NO. Can Trump appoint SOCTUS justices at any time with whoever he wants, the answer is NO. If Congress overrides a veto can Trump stop it? The answer is NO. Can Trump bind the US with a treaty? The answer is NO.

    Trump is just a figurehead. He actually has very little power. If you look at the Constitution, the President doesn't really have much power. The bulk of the power of the Federal Government lies in the hands of Congress, which is a good thing because they can't agree on much so the Government can't intrude as much in our lives.

    The POTUS is NOT the same as a CEO. A CEO can make rules and can do most anything he wants with the company. The POTUS doesn't have the same ability with the US.

    Nice try, but bad analogy.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    April 2, 2019 7:36 a.m.

    Red.

    You write

    "Trump isn't the most powerful man on the planet."

    Really? I guess it depends on the planet.

    Name someone with more power on this one.

    Understand this.

    When Elon Musk says something, it has impact. It can move markets. He has SEC rules to follow. His words matter and he is not free to say whatever he wants.

    Same with any CEO of any company.

    Rather than chastise those who pay attention to what our POTUS says, you should be disturbed that we elected someone who has no filter. Who has no sense of his responsibility to choose his words more carefully.

    You should be all over Trump for his unprofessional nature.

    I find it rich that your solution is to ignore what our President says rather than holding Trump accountable.

  • Zabilde Riverdale, UT
    April 2, 2019 7:00 a.m.

    Yes Joe, FOX went after President Obama, just like CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, Reuters, AP, NPR, NYT, WAPO, etc, etc, etc all go after President Trump.

    One network versus literally dozens of others.

    Not exactly balanced there. The media has tried to blow every little thing Trump has done into a scandal. It's mostly failed because other than giving him meat for his twitter rants he ignores them.

    Hutterite and Impartial are repeating the already stale claim that Barr lied about what is in the Mueller report or that President Trump is trying to hide it. Trump has said it should all be released, so what exactly is he doing to supress it. And Barr stated from the beginning that there would be a quickly released summary and then they would evaluate the rest for what they can release. Classified information as well as details pertaining to any ongoing court cases have to be redacted. That takes time. The report has only been out a week. Give the process the time. Had Barr lied in his summary do you honestly think Mueller would have remained quiet?

  • FanOfTheSith Vernal, UT
    April 1, 2019 8:57 p.m.

    The thing that we are forgetting is the fact that once you become POTUS, you are going to be under the "people's big microscope" and there is no escaping from that whether you are an RNC or DNC POTUS and even the tiniest black spot on your record is going to be scrutinized.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    April 1, 2019 4:45 p.m.

    To "Happy Valley Heretic" you are wrong. What I am saying is exactly what I have written. If you want the press to treat all Presidents the same, what are you going to do at the next election?

    The President has no power over the press other than what they give him. Currently the press have given him a lot of power by reporting on every word that he says and tweets. The people with the thin skin are the Press. They can't handle the fact that Trump knows exactly what buttons to push to get them all fired up.

    Yes Trump lies, but so did Obama. So does virtually every politician that has ever held office. That isn't news. However, should all of the different news agencies treat a Democrat exactly the same way they have treated Trump?

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    April 1, 2019 3:44 p.m.

    You tried Joe, but some folks keep moving the goal post.

    Redshirt is essentially saying that trump is too thin skinned to accept the attention he draws to himself, and then compares apples to kittens, when he claims that the press had to protect Obama the way fox news protects Trump, not even close.

    Obama wasn't starting fights with dead hero's, ex lawyers, and pornstars, he was busy making America Great after the GOP once again left an economic disaster behind.

    Trump whining is like the Kardasians complaining they're in the spotlight?

    Frankly I think the press is too easy on Donald, they should be calling him a liar when blatantly lies, but they have to use all those substitutions like misled, or untruthful, or alternative facts, so that his loyalists don't scream fake news as much as he does.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    April 1, 2019 2:48 p.m.

    To "JoeBlow" ok, if you agree that the press shouldn't treat the President from one party any differently than the from another party, how are you going to carry that forward?

    So, in 2020 when we have the next Presidential election, are you going to cheer on the media as they attack Trump and give a pass to the Democrat nominee?

    Actually, you don't have to give Trump any power in his tweets. You can actually ignore them, you don't have to pay attention to them. Trump could declare war on the Democrat party in a tweet, but if nobody pays attention to it that declaration is meaningless. What he says doesn't matter really. His actions are what matters. Obama was a master of that, he would say one thing, then do the complete opposite.

    But Trump isn't the most powerful man on the planet. That is the beauty of the Constitution. The only power Trump has is as commander of the US military. Other than that he has LESS power than the US Congress. Congress can declare war and determines how to budget the tax money. the POTUS can't do either one of those.

    The President can treat the Press however he wants. If the press treated him equal to Obama, Fox, CNN, MSNBC, etc would all be the same.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    April 1, 2019 2:38 p.m.

    "Should the Press treat politicians from different political parties differently?"

    That's easy - NO they shouldn't. But, as you know, Fox treated Obama far worse than they do Trump, and vice versa for MSNBC. So, there is "ideal", and there is "reality"

    "Why do you give Trump so much power? If nobody pays attention to Trump's tweets, does it matter how often or even what he tweets?"

    UH, because he is the president of the United States! He has power regardless of what I give him. Don't you get that?

    You cant excuse it because it is a "Tweet". You cant ignore it because it is a "Tweet"
    He is the POTUS. What he says, matters. What he does, matters. What he Tweets, matters.

    What you should be asking is "why would people elect someone who cant control themselves to the most powerful position on earth?

    "Do you think that the Press can control how much time they give Trump?"

    Of course they can. I think it is hilarious that you suggest that "the press" should just ignore what the most powerful human on earth says because he cant control himself.

    My turn for a question.

    Should the President treat the media differently depending on their coverage?

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    April 1, 2019 2:07 p.m.

    To "JoeBlow" but you haven't answered the question. Yes Trump is the POTUS, but the press is not required to give him the attention that they do. They could ignore him if they choose to.

    Again the question that you are avoiding answering is there. Should the Press treat politicians from different political parties differently?

    Why do you give Trump so much power? If nobody pays attention to Trump's tweets, does it matter how often or even what he tweets? You see Trump has your ilk figured out. He knows that he is living in your heads rent free. Anything he does or says is under such scrutiny he knows that if he wants to get a message out all he has to do is say something in a controversial way and it suddenly becomes the center of the media's world.

    Do you think that the Press can control how much time they give Trump?

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    April 1, 2019 1:31 p.m.

    "You see the Press has control of who/what they give attention to. The Press is very focused on Trump."

    Uh, Trump is the POTUS. Of course the press is focused on him.

    "As SE Cupp points out, they want to see Trump fail and are looking for anything to cause the failure. With Obama they would turn the focus away from Obama if anything negative was about to come out. They would even make excuses for Obama's mistakes."

    Last I checked, Fox news was "the press". They were focused on Obama. And how about Hillary and Benghazi? Fox pretty much ran with that 24 7. Was that a problem?

    Lets face it. Trump tweets. He is the most powerful person in the world. Maybe if he didn't make a fool of himself so often or tell "untruths" so often, the news coverage would not be so damaging.

  • RedShirtHarvard Cambridge, MA
    April 1, 2019 10:37 a.m.

    To "Happy Valley Heretic" is it the child jumping in front of the camera or is it the camera always being pointed at the child.

    You see the Press has control of who/what they give attention to. The Press is very focused on Trump. As SE Cupp points out, they want to see Trump fail and are looking for anything to cause the failure. With Obama they would turn the focus away from Obama if anything negative was about to come out. They would even make excuses for Obama's mistakes.

    So, the question is how should ALL Presidents and Presidential candidates be treated? Should they get the scrutiny that Trump has received or should they the the pass that Obama had?

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    April 1, 2019 9:20 a.m.

    Is it really scrutiny when a child keeps jumping in front of the camera, screaming look at me mommy, look at me mommy, look at me mommy.

    Then when caught with his hand in the cookie jar says, "why are you always watching me."

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 31, 2019 2:17 p.m.

    Why does Trump work so hard to keep his tax returns, school grades and test score, and Mueller's report to be kept from Americans? I think we all know the answer.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 31, 2019 11:10 a.m.

    First off, I'm not sure we can say beyond speculation just what the Mueller report found. We've only seen the AG's book report on it, and he may not have read the book, or just skimmed a few parts he thought he'd like.
    In addition, trump isn't necessarily the victim here, although he likes being one. He sucks up all the attention in a room, craves attention, and has lived a life that screams for scrutiny. He has every symptom on that 'narcissistic personality disorder' list that's been going around.
    He's not shy to tell everyone how good he is at everything. Attracting attention to himself is one thing he's good at, and he can't whine when it happens.