‘Florida Man Makes Announcement’: Once-Friendly Media Report Trump’s Return
NEW YORK – Not all of his friends have abandoned him, but the media backlash to former President Donald Trump’s announcement that he is once again seeking the top job shows that if he wants to regain his old position, he has a lot to convince.
Take a look at some headlines: “Trump shocks the world by nearly putting us to sleep,” said the RedState blog. “The old man of Mar-a-Lago is yelling at Cloud,” the American curator said. “Donnie, it’s time to go,” said the blue state curator. “Trump 3.0 is a changed man. He’s a loser,” the Washington Examiner said.
“No,” simply reads the title of the national review.
And these are conservative organizations.
“I’ve been collecting right-wing media stories since 2017,” said Howard Polskin, founder of The Righting newsletter. “I’ve never seen Trump receive such negative coverage from this media. It’s not just negative, some of the headlines are downright insulting to him.
Consider Wednesday’s epic troll of the New York Post, the newspaper owned by conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch that has turned sharply on Trump since last week’s midterm elections.
“Florida Man Makes Announcement,” was the running headline at the bottom of the first page, directing readers to an article on page 26.
“No one knows better than Rupert Murdoch that the way to upset Donald Trump is not to say his name,” said Maggie Haberman, New York Times reporter and author of “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of”. America,” said on CNN.
The FoxNews.com Wednesday noon was dominated by a photo of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, covered in red, white and blue confetti. He illustrated an article about the “enthusiastic response” DeSantis received at a GOP event.
Readers had to scroll down for an article about Trump’s announcement.
The Wall Street Journal, like Fox, another Murdoch-controlled property, editorialized earlier in the week against another Trump run. But he played his ad directly on Wednesday, giving him front-page play.
Trump’s announcement coincided with Sean Hannity’s prime-time show on Fox News Channel, by far the most popular medium for conservative viewers – and proof that Trump still has friends in powerful places and that there is still a long way to go before the next elections. Hannity interrupted Trump two-thirds into the announcement speech — not to drop him, but to congratulate him.
“It was an absolutely brilliant speech,” said Hannity guest Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas. “The best I’ve heard in a long time.”
“It sounded presidential,” agreed analyst Joe Concha.
Fox then returned to the speech.
The Newsmax network broadcast Trump’s entire speech. His website later wrote that in making the announcement, the former president “is turning a deaf ear to either the establishment’s pleas to wait or the Democrats’ efforts to stop him.”
CNN aired about a third of Trump’s speech live Tuesday night before cutting it. Analyst Tim Neftali said “it’s TelePrompter Trump”, noting that he seemed to lack the energy he usually shows at rallies.
“I feel like mid-term depresses him terribly,” Neftali said.
MSNBC reported on Trump, but did not air the speech. The broadcast networks stuck to their regular programming.
The mainstream news outlets didn’t throw a punch. At the top of its announcement piece, The Washington Post described Trump as “the twice-impeached former president who refused to concede defeat and inspired a failed attempt to overturn the 2020 election culminating in a murderous attack on the US Capitol”.
Similarly, the top of an article on NPR’s website said Trump “tried to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and inspired a deadly riot on Capitol Hill in a desperate attempt to hold on to power. “.
A lengthy introduction to the New York Times article said Trump’s ‘historically divisive presidency has shaken the pillars of the country’s Democratic institutions’ and said he ignored pleas from Republicans blaming him for the poor performance. of the party at midterm.
In an analysis of the news, the Los Angeles Times said that Trump “has returned to a familiar tactic – meeting weakness with pride.”
Far from shore, the Houston Chronicle led the newspaper with an Associated Press account of Trump’s announcement. Neither the Charlotte Observer in North Carolina nor the Las Vegas Sun in Nevada mentioned Trump on their front pages, and the Chicago Tribune teased an article inside the newspaper.
David Bauder of the Associated Press wrote this story.