National Review's Rich Lowry: On the right, "everyone considers the media, in effect, a domestic enemy"
As Trump escalates unprecedented war on the press, Lowry says "the media is actually worse than it's ever been" and singles out CNN for criticism
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From the August 27 edition of Fox News’ MediaBuzz:
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HOWARD KURTZ (HOST): You write in Politico that the media are Trump's evil empire, as in the Soviet Union days. And also in the wake of Charlottesville, his lifeline. How so?
RICH LOWRY: Yeah. Well, one, I just think the media has replaced the Soviet Union in effect as the common unifying enemy of every faction on the right. It doesn't matter whether you are a religious conservative or a libertarian, whether you are pro- or anti-Trump, everyone considers the media, in effect, a domestic enemy.
KURTZ: Does that include National Review, which has not exactly been complimentary toward Trump?
LOWRY: Well, for some people. We don't include ourselves as part of that media.
LOWRY: But Trump has sort of a great E.Q. He realizes what excites people, what energizes people, and he got on to this. And Republican politicians have always criticized the media, going back at least to 1969, Spiro Agnew gave this excoriating speech about TV commentators. But Trump has taken it to a whole different level. And it's part of what bonds the Republican base to him.
KURTZ: Well in this same piece you say that Trump is outrageous, again, you’re not a big fan of the president. But that makes the media feel justified in the unrelentingly harsh coverage. Should they feel justified?
LOWRY: Well, look, I think there are a lot of stories that need to be told about this administration. I don’t think his administration often is very truthful and there is a lot of incompetence and things that could be exposed. And that’s fine, that’s what the media should do. But it's all through this haze of unrelenting hostility and hysteria. Every other day, it's not just that the Trump administration did something wrong, or that Trump said something controversial. It's "the end of the Trump era is upon us." And so, I think the media is actually worse than it's ever been, and that helps Trump because it's his main foil. And clearly the more biased and hysterical it is, the easier it is for him to beat up on it.