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Through gritted teeth, TIME names Trump “Person of the Year”

by | Dec 7, 2016

By Dave Andrusko

As you may have heard, TIME magazine today named pro-life President-elect Donald Trump its 2016 “Person of the Year.” You know, without me telling you, the narrative explaining the choice and the secondary story ratcheting up the gloom and doom about the choice, are seething with resentment and hostility.

Hold that thought for one second, and let’s take a quick detour to an interview Mr. Trump gave this morning to Matt Lauer of the Today Show. I happened to catch it while I was at the gym and Lauer’s smug, dismissive tone–well, you had to be there, so to speak.

Like the schoolmarm that he is, Lauer lectured the President-elect about his comments about Boeing and “Saturday Night Life” and “Hamilton,” but particularly about Mr. Trump’s use of Twitter which Lauer informed him he should forego.

But Mr. Trump was having none of Lauer’s scolding. “No, I think I am very restrained and I talk about important things….And frankly, it’s a modern day form of communication….Between Facebook and Twitter, I have, I guess, more than 40 million people. And that’s a modern-day form of communication. I get it out much faster than a press release. I get it out much more honestly than dealing with dishonest reporters because so many reporters are dishonest.”

Mr. Trump understands, as does Lauer even more so, that Trump will never get a fair shake, let alone the benefit of the doubt from the major newspapers and the networks. He is going around them and that drives them nuts. They still imagine themselves the “gatekeepers” who in that role have added another duty: deciding what is real news and “false news.”

After bashing Trump hither and yon, TIME editor in chief Nancy Gibbs ends with this despairing conclusion:

For reminding America that demagoguery feeds on despair and that truth is only as powerful as the trust in those who speak it, for empowering a hidden electorate by mainstreaming its furies and live-streaming its fears, and for framing tomorrow’s political culture by demolishing yesterday’s, Donald Trump is TIME’s 2016 Person of the Year.

Now I wonder, having heard Lauer and read Gibbs, if Donald Trump might still think circumventing the Establishment Media remains a great idea.

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