“I’m not laughing, I’m just befuddled.”–Chuck Todd, Meet the Press, January 22, 2017
This is the game, folks.
In case you missed it, the day after his inauguration, President Donald Trump’s Press Secretary, Sean Spicer had has first press conference–and he spent a good portion of the time lying about the size of the crowd at the inauguration and telling the press what they should report and how (essentially, “anything that makes us look good, and as favorably as possible”). On Sunday, Kellyanne Conway, whose job title I don’t know, went on Meet the Press and basically controlled the interview and pretty much owned Chuck Todd, drawing the above quote from Todd.
This is the game of the administration, folks. This is what we have to look forward to. The point of attacking the press is to change the narrative. While Spicer is berating reporters at a press conference, while Conway is running rings around Todd, while Trump is snarking at the huge turnouts at women’s marches across the country and around the globe, no one is asking the big question, the most important question: “What are we not talking about while we’re arguing over inauguration attendance?”
A skilled magician works by misdirection. Even when we know to watch for the ball disappearing into or being pulled from a pocket, it’s amazingly hard to see. And it’s fun to watch. But not when it’s the office of the President of the United States. Keep watching, and don’t take the bait.