The Big City Press (N. Y. Times, Washington Post, L.A. Times, Atlantic Monthly, etc.) has been falling all over itself portraying the first weeks of the Trump Administration as Chaos or Dysfunction. They can find nothing being done by the Trump Administration that measures up to the wonderful job done by Mr. Obama and his Administration in its early weeks in office.
In today’s Washington Post, E.J. Dionne, Jr. has an Op-Ed that states that Trump is unfit to lead. His opening shot is that the Michael Flynn resignation was not just a terrible choice but showed a total lack of vetting. How could Mr. Trump appoint someone who had lied to his Vice President about National Security matters? He implied that Mr. Trump was, at best, a very poor decision maker and a bad judge of character. Dionne goes on to say that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should immediately recuse himself from all investigations to do with Russia, just because he was chosen by Mr. Trump who Dionne says is in bed with Russia.
It would be interesting to read Mr. Dionne’s op-ed about Mr. Obama’s choice for National Intelligence Council Chair in 2009, Charles Freeman. You will remember Mr. Freeman who had worked for (was on it’s Board) the Chinese Government-owned Chinese National Offshore Oil Company and who had lobbied extensively for Saudi-Arabia. Oh, wait. Dionne never wrote such an op-ed. It was apparently fine for an Obama appointee to be in bed with the Chinese Communists and the Saudis.
It would be similarly interesting to see Mr. Dionne’s op-ed asking Loretta Lynch, Mr. Obama’s Attorney General, to recuse herself from the investigation of Mrs. Clinton’s pay-to-play scheme and email scandal while Clinton was Secretary of State. You will remember that Lynch and Bill Clinton had a timely discussion just prior to Lynch making a decision that was very beneficial to Mrs. Clinton. Again, Mr. Dionne saw no evil there, either.
What about Tom Daschle? He was the Obama appointee for Health and Human Services who somehow neglected to pay more than $140,000 of taxes.
Or, Timothy Geithner who was actually confirmed as Secretary of the Treasury and served in the position for 4 years? Geithner somehow forgot to pay his Social Security Taxes for years (inspite of being advised to do so and being given extra compensation for that purpose). Geithner was also in the thick of the banking crisis that set up the 2008 recession and profited greatly from the rules he backed. Dionne did comment about that: “All of the administration’s critics are being emboldened by its hesitancy in dealing with the banking question and its apparent fear of temporary bank nationalization. On this issue, the president genuinely is trying to steer a moderate course.” Moderate? To appoint a tax cheat and one of the bankers at the heart of the crisis? Imagine, if you can, Dionne saying about Mr. Trump, “…the president genuinely is trying to steer a moderate course.”
Or, Bill Richardson who was appointed to run Commerce. He was not nicknamed “Dollar” Bill for nothing. He had a history of accepting outsized political donations from people who sought favors (mostly State contracts) in return. He finally withdrew, or was asked to withdraw, after over a month as the appointee.
Dionne did not, to my knowledge, decry any of these gaffs. He did not claim Mr. Obama was “unfit”. In fact, Dionne wrote in his recent book, We are the Change We seek: “Despite his fervent campaign promise to ease the country’s political divisions, he discovered that he faced a Republican opposition intent on taking back power by stymieing his program, challenging his mandate to govern, (emphasis mine) and leaving his dreams of harmony stillborn.”
Why such a different view? Perspective. Mr. Dionne and much of the Big City Press backed Mrs. Clinton. They were out of touch with the heart of the country and they are sore losers. They will continue to cherry pick the news and harp on the evils of Donald Trump, much as they cherry picked the news and wrote glowing reports of Mr. Obama and his actions.
The facts show that every administration has some missteps and some successes as they get started. Mr. Dionne’s conclusion that Mr. Trump is “Unfit to Serve” is provably biased and, at best, premature. Mr. Dionne and the Left learned nothing from the Right’s “Birther Movement” and show their inability to be unbiased observers and reporters with every stroke of their pens. They should take a deep breath and, for once, try to be reporters of the truth, not just hacks using their pulpit to push their political views.