So much of the news coverage of President Donald Trump, his family, his administration, etc., tends to reveal more about the authors than the subjects. For example, the media’s eagerness to believe the worst about Trump doesn’t really tell us anything about Trump, but it certainly exposes the media’s bias against him.
The NYDN provides us with another example:
President Trump has plied college athletes with fast food again. This time, the meal had a conservative bent.
The North Dakota State Bison celebrated their NCAA FCS championship with a trip to the White House Monday, where they were served Big Macs from McDonald’s and sandwiches from Chick-fil-A — a fast food joint with deep Christian roots. Like college football players, Chick-fil-A employees don’t work Sundays.
The Bison visit is reminiscent of when Trump hosted the Clemson Tigers in January following that team’s NCAA Division One National Championship win. They, too, were served junk food, which Trump claimed to have paid for personally. That visit occurred during the federal government shutdown when some of the White House staff had been furloughed, according to press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Trump reportedly told players he opted for a fast food spread Monday because “I know you people.”
The President is a known fan of fast food as well. He has been photographed eating French fries from a carton and chicken from a bucket aboard his private plane. He reportedly drinks a dozen diet Cokes a day, according to the New York Times.
My initial reaction, based solely on the headline, was that this is some straight-up trolling of the news media by Trump. When he did this the first time it was during the shut-down and he had a different purpose and message. He probably didn’t expect the media’s reaction either.
This time he did it to provoke the media and it looks like he got a few bites.
My second reaction to this article is that the author exudes anti-Trump bias like a fat guy with the meat sweats. He typed the whole article in Sneer font.
Then I started thinking about the whole “insult” concept. The first time this happened they forgot to tell the team what to say. When the media took off running with the insult angle, somebody eventually got around to asking the players what they thought. It turned out they thought that pigging out on Mickey D’s was great.
Then it hit me. Most administrations suck up to the media. How much you want to bet that at events like this is during previous administrations it was normal for the media to help themselves at the buffet tables right after the players? It makes sense – how many reporters would show up if there was no free food involved?
The players are student athletes who are younger than the media and come from middle or lower class households. They have not yet developed the refined palates of the elites to whom only expensive foods taste good. These immature kids actually like fast food.
The Washington Press Corpse, on the other hand, have learned to recognize and appreciate the difference between things like regular beef and Wagyu beef. They know that the flavor, aroma, appearance, and/or texture of a food dish is of no importance in comparison to the status it conveys.
Offering members of the elite foods that are intended for and associated with the hoi polloi is an insult. You’re treating them like normal people. Typically, status symbols are of most importance to those who are closest to the line – the ones who haven’t quite reached it and the ones who have it but are insecure about keeping it.
So, of course, the press corpse is upset. After 8 years of dining (for free) on epicurean delights prepared by the White House Chefs Corps for the Obamas, the media now find themselves dining on food selected by a guy who puts ketchup on a burnt steak.
Oh, the humanity!
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