As Glen Reynolds of Instapundit puts it, all one need do to understand the motivations of the Media is to consider them Democrat operatives with bylines. As some 91% of news stories relating to President Trump have been negative, that would seem to be something of an understatement. And like virtually all Democrats these days, the self-described “newspaper of record”—The New York Times—has also joined “the resistance.” The Times has a hot scoop:
When President Trump made the surprise announcement in March that he would soon meet with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson was thousands of miles away, an absence interpreted as a sign of Mr. Tillerson’s irrelevance.
Mr. Trump soon replaced Mr. Tillerson with Mike Pompeo, who has promised to bring back the State Department’s “swagger” and import. But on Tuesday, when Mr. Trump made what could be the most significant diplomatic announcement of his presidency — that he would exit the Iran nuclear agreement— his chief diplomat was again thousands of miles away, this time on an unannounced visit to Pyongyang, the North’s capital, to lay further groundwork for a summit meeting between Mr. Kim and Mr. Trump.
The absence of Mr. Pompeo and other top State Department officials left perplexed European diplomats privately complaining that they were having trouble getting answers from Washington, and created an uncertainty about what was next that spanned the Atlantic Ocean.
Oh my goodness! Mr. Trump made a foreign policy announcement and Mike Pompeo wasn’t a photo op prop by his side?! Is there no limit to the evil of this madman Trump? Barack Obama always had lots of props, and he was the messiah. What’s wrong with Trump? Is he trying to deny unwilling props their moment in the spotlight?
Senior State Department officials were momentarily speechless on Tuesday when asked why Mr. Pompeo did not delay his trip by a day to be in Washington during Mr. Trump’s Iran deal announcement. Mr. Pompeo left for Pyongyang on Monday night.
One official cited the separate nature of the two sets of negotiations. Another said Mr. Pompeo had remained reachable, citing the plane’s communications system. But the secretary’s aging plane has such poor equipment that calls are often dropped midsentence.
Brian H. Hook, who led negotiations with the Europeansfor a supplemental agreement to the Iran deal, was also on the plane to Pyongyang on Tuesday, worsening the communications problems.
Good Lord! The Secretary of State’s plane isn’t in constant, unbreakable contact with the media? Consult the Book of Revelations! The end is near!
The Times report, which took no fewer than three reporters–Gardiner Harris, Shoe Sang-Hun and Katie Rogers—continues to conflate the Iran deal and negotiations with North Korea. It is also very disingenuous. The reporters know exactly why Secretary of State Pompeo was gone: Pompeo went to North Korea to bring back three American hostages. We know they had that information, because they admitted it later in their article. Fox News reports:
North Korea’s official news agency, KCNA, said Kim’s move to grant the three Americans amnesty came at the ‘official suggestion’ of the U.S. president.
The former ‘hostages,’ as Trump has called them, left North Korea early Wednesday, accompanied by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. [skip]
‘We would like to express our deep appreciation to the United States government, President Trump, Secretary Pompeo, and the people of the United States for bringing us home,’ the three said in an earlier statement released by the State Department.
Trump called it a ‘great honor’ to welcome home the three North Korean detainees, but said ‘the true honor is going to be if we have a victory in getting rid of nuclear weapons.
So The New York Times, knowing exactly where Mr. Pompeo was and what he was doing, wrote an article pretending his absence was unexplained and somehow wrong and sinister. Anything to further the resistance. Texas Senator Ted Cruz is not, however, cooperating:
We saw for eight years under Barack Obama a foreign policy that was really a policy of weakness and appeasement,’ Cruz said.
‘The problem is weakness and appeasement doesn’t work, especially with dictators like Kim Jong Un,’ Cruz said.
‘President Trump has come in with a strong American foreign policy, getting back to peace through strength. And I think we’re seeing the results of it with three Americans coming home.
And the self-imagined moral and intellectual elite of the media still can’t fathom why American’s don’t trust them.