- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 26, 2017

President Trump has a unique skill set when it comes to getting his message to the American people, wrangling the press and emerging from the effort unscathed. His dealings with journalists are precise and canny, indeed.

“Why are the relations between Donald Trump and the press so bad? There are two reasons. One is that Trump is a Republican, and the press consists overwhelmingly of Democrats. But the other reason is that Trump likes it this way, because when the press is constantly attacking him over trivialities, it strengthens his position and weakens the press,” writes Instapundit columnist Glenn Reynolds in USA Today. “Trump’s ‘outrageous’ statements and tweets aren’t the product of impulsiveness, but part of a carefully maintained strategy that the press is too impulsive to resist.”

The president, Mr. Reynolds says, “has more media experience than probably 99 percent of the people covering him.”

The press also gets “pretty much everything” wrong about Mr. Trump according to Fox News anchor Sean Hannity. “They don’t get him. I’ve said it a lot. Journalism in America is dead. I think a lot of the reporting on Donald Trump has been totally, completely fabricated, dishonest,” he told the Hollywood Reporter.

“The media would like to create this caricature that he’s a loose cannon. Oh my God, he’s got the nuclear codes,” Mr. Hannity continued. ” I’ve known him for decades, and Donald Trump is at his core incredibly, intuitively, extremely bright and a counterpuncher. He will never, ever, ever hit first. When he has been wronged, he’s going to let you know he thinks he’s been wronged. So what? We have become a nation of total babies.”

WHAT’S BREWING OUT THERE

Liberals have an eye on grass-roots tactics the tea party mastered eight years ago. The media is noticing, and possibly poised to help.

“Now that Democrats have been kicked out of the White House (and both chambers of Congress), liberals are attempting to create a Tea Party of their own. In the wake of the Women’s March to protest President Trump’s inauguration, there are now calls to form a full-fledged opposition movement,” writes HeatStreet reporter Stephen Miller, who notices The New York Times and other news organizations have all featured stories supporting the idea.

Among examples: “The most useful guide to resisting Donald Trump: it’s the tea party playbook, minus the nooses,” was the headline on an article in Slate. “How liberals can use the tea party playbook to stop Trump,” was another in Mother Jones. And there was “To stop Trump, Democrats can learn from the tea party,” which appeared in the aforementioned Times.

Interestingly enough, groups like the Tea Party Patriots and Tea Party Express are still very active in both outreach and media appearances. And some pushback has already started: “Can creepy leftist weirdos create a progressive tea party?” asks columnist Kurt Schlichter in a Townhall essay. He notes such a movement could get feisty, “especially with the media slobbering all over it.”

AMERICAN DREAM ON HORIZON FOR MAJORITY

“A large majority of American voters believes they have achieved the American Dream — or it’s within sight for their family,” says Fox News polling analyst Dana Blanton.

The network has a survey, and here’s what they found: 40 percent of U.S. voters say they had already achieved the American dream and 43 percent believe the dream is “on the way.” Another 15 percent still say it’s “out of reach. See more in the Poll du Jour at column’s end.

PRO-LIFE POWER ARRIVES IN WASHINGTON

The March for Life is Friday; this annual gathering on the National Mall will likely be a sharp contrast to the pro-choice Women’s March less than a week ago — a massive spectacle showcasing multiple causes, creative slogans and pink “pussy hats.” The pro-life event is also massive, but without the spectacle. It has drawn as many as 650,000 participants in past years, plus a robust population of clergy, lawmakers and enthusiasts; Vice President Mike Pence and senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway will be among them. The march is united around a simple, powerful mission.

“Ultimately the thread that unites why we march, and that is at the heart of what we do, is love. We march because we love people. We love babies and believe that each and every one should be protected, starting when they are most vulnerable, in the womb. All children, no matter the circumstances that they are born into, have inherent dignity and value,” says Bethany Goodman, assistant director of the march itself.

“A huge part of the pro-life movement that puts these values into action is the pregnancy care movement. Thousands of pregnancy resource centers across the country offer free services, parenting classes, and material resources. These centers offer life-affirming, holistic care for women and babies — before and after pregnancy,” Ms. Goodman adds.

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POLL DU JOUR

• 88 percent of U.S. voters say retiring comfortably is important to achieving the “American Dream”; 87 percent of Republicans, 86 percent of independents and 90 percent of Democrats agree.

• 76 percent overall say a successful career is important; 74 percent of Republicans, 76 percent of independents and 79 percent of Democrats agree.

• 74 percent overall say raising a family is important; 81 percent of Republicans, 74 percent of independents and 68 percent of Democrats agree.

• 75 percent cite making contributions to the community; 69 percent of Republicans, 70 percent of independents and 80 percent of Democrats agree.

• 69 percent cite owning a home; 70 percent of Republicans, 71 percent of independents and 67 percent of Democrats agree.

• 61 percent cite graduating from college; 53 percent of Republicans, 58 percent of independents and 68 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A Fox News poll of 1,006 registered U.S. voters conducted Jan. 15-18.

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