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Media and Donald Trump: An Observation

Donald Trump has been in office for just over 100 days. The mainstream media who mocked him is turning, ever-so-gradually, to acknowledging his presidency.

There are still those tv journalists who seem to revel when he does something that looks like failure, but they are beginning to show some respect too. They are admitting at least that he is the president of the United States, rather than a mistake that happened. They don’t seem to choke as they did originally, at calling him “President Trump”.

I notice they don’t praise him, though the universal opinion is that his decision to bomb Syria after Assad rained down chemical weapons (again) on his own people was in favour of it. But particularly since that decision, most journalists seem to be choosing a more objective language when covering a story about the US or commenting about the president.

They seem to have become self aware of their tendency to editorialise and criticise, and that is a good thing. Personally, I think Trump’s determination to expose them has helped, as has his stomping on political correctness by being blunt.

But Donald Trump too has changed. He is still hailing the victory of the silent majority in the United States but also seems to be aware of the importance of diplomacy. With North Korea rising as a real threat to world peace, the president is realising he needs to balance his words of power and strength with the need for diplomatic attempts too. To try to deter war is his aim, though he is still “telling it like it is” as a possibility.

Let’s continue to pray for the president and for all our leaders.

Let’s also continue to pray that the media will return to its true purpose, which is to share realities with the public so that the public can be informed objectively… rather than be swayed into a perspective that is bias.

As these days are intense, full of news of violence and aggression, let us also pray that the peace of God which passes all understanding will fill the hearts of our world leaders and media, and that the world will recognise the truth of the gospel before Jesus’ return to judge it.