One of the more entertaining aspects of the Trump presidency in my mind is the constant war that he is having with the media. We saw a great example of that last Thursday during a rather lengthy press conference. It was unprecedented to see a President go after members of the press like Trump did. Calling a news organization like CNN a fake organization is something that I have never seen before. Most presidents are oblivious to the press and just accept that they are out to get them without fighting back. Trump is one of those rare leaders who is willing to fight back and call them out for their work. Is that really a wise strategy to take if you are the president though?
There is no question that President Trump is one of the most thin-skinned politicians we have seen in many years. The man has a huge ego and does not take criticism lightly. He has demonstrated that trait several times in the past during the campaign. When a fellow Republican dared to disagree with him, Trump was quick to label him or her a loser and a failed politician. So to see him get all bent out of shape over a bunch of media reports is certainly not a surprise. We should come to expect this from the President. That is who he is. In fact, I believe he enjoys toying with the media members of this country. It is a huge game for him.
The majority of the press on the other hand absolutely hates the guy. They have since day one and Trump’s accusations against them will only add fuel to an already rocky relationship. I believe it will be the media’s mission in the next 4 years to totally destroy this guy at every chance. That is what they do to a Republican president. Many in the press cannot accept the fact that their hero Hillary Clinton lost and want to prove that this past election was a huge mistake.
Although I don’t agree totally with the way that Trump is handling the press, he does a very valid point about them. They certainly need to be called out for the way they mislead people with their reporting. Trump is exposing them like he should. The media bias in this country is getting totally out of control. A majority of media members in this country are very in bed with the Democratic party. That is becoming a very obvious fact. It is their duty to report the facts in a fair and balanced way to me and others in this country so we can form an opinion on a particular issue. What is happening now is far from being fair and balanced. Journalism has hit an all time low and only seems to be getting worse with their partisan reporting. I join many others in saying this. It is a disgrace and I’m glad that Trump is calling out those frauds. And of course, biases towards the Republican party have also taken place. Is there anyplace in America where I can pick up a newspaper these days and get some non-biased viewpoints or viewpoints from both sides? I am beginning to think not!
This game or should I say battle between Trump and the press media will not end anytime soon. Neither side will end up winning. The American people the ones who will lose. Fortunately, these allegations made by Trump is something that many of us have already known about today’s political journalists. They are becoming increasing partisan and that is not a good thing. Can anyone just give me the truth about an issue without misleading or lying to me? I guess in today’s world, that is impossible!
Shortly after Tom Brady and the New England Patriots finished off the Atlanta Falcons in the greatest Super Bowl comeback ever, my thoughts were not on where Brady ranks among the greatest of all-time quarterbacks. Nor were my thoughts on the jubilant Patriot players and fans who just won their 5th Super Bowl title. My thoughts were of the many Atlanta Falcons fans and the organization who had their hearts ripped apart in dramatic fashion. Imagine for a second if your favorite team had blown that type of lead in the Super Bowl. Your team was cruising along with a huge lead and an almost certain chance of winning their first ever Super Bowl, then disaster strikes! In all my years of watching sports, it might go down as the biggest collapse ever with so much at stake. The rumors that the psychiatrists in Georgia were probably overbooked with appointments last week is probably true.
I don’t know where to exactly place the blame on the collapse, but one series of events during the game pretty much defined the collapse. After the Patriots had cut the score to 28-20 with about 5 minutes left in the game, Atlanta got the ball back and promptly marched down the field. They had a first and 10 around the New England 20 yard line. All they had to do was run a few running plays and kick a fairly makeable field to go up 2 scores with probably about 2 minutes left in the game. A fairly reasonable plan, right? The Falcons have a good tandem of running backs and the Patriots did not show all during the game that they could stop any running plays. For some unknown reason, the offensive coordinator of the Falcons decided to run a couple of passing plays which resulted in a holding penalty and then a costly sack. Those plays pretty much backed the Falcons out of field goal range and gave the Patriots a chance to tie the game which they did. Now I am far from being a football genius and the offensive coordinator is far smarter in football then I am, but the rationale behind this particular offensive series has me scratching my head! I just don’t understand the logic behind it.
Winning the Super Bowl is a very difficult task and most teams are lucky to even reach the big game, let alone winning the game. This was a golden chance that the Falcons let slip away. They may never get another opportunity to win their first Super Bowl in years. This game will be a deep permanent black mark on the organization forever. And what about the poor fans?! Having your team win the Super Bowl makes you feel so good inside. Very few things make you prouder to be a fan of a particular team than having that team win the Super Bowl.
If you are a fan of the Falcons or a member of that organization, all is not doom and gloom for the future. I still rank them as one of the favorites to win next year’s Super Bowl. They have one of the best quarterbacks in the league and a nearly unstoppable offense to rely on. Their defense is very young and will get better. It would not surprise me at all to see them back in the Super Bowl next year. But for the time being, how can you even sleep at night if you are a Falcons fan? This game was the big one that got away! Ouch! That one has to hurt.