You know the drill: President Trump does something, CNSNews.com publishes multiple articles from its staff stenographers dutifully repeating what he said and portraying it in the most positive possible light.
And so it is with Trump's first speech before Congress on Feb. 28. After the speech, the CNS stenographers were busy uncritically and dutifully transcribing their dear leader's words:
- Trump: ‘My Job is Not to Represent the World; My Job is to Represent the United States of America’
- Trump: ‘We Are a Country That Stands United in Condemning Hate and Evil in All Its Forms’ (in which Melanie Arter referenced in the vaguest of terms "last week’s shooting of two Indian men in Kansas City" and claimed "authorities say it’s too early to tell if the shooting was a hate crime" which is not quite true)
- Trump: ‘Education Is the Civil Rights Issue of Our Time’
- Trump: Americans Cannot Succeed in ‘an Environment of Lawless Chaos’
- Trump: 'Unite for the Good of Our Country' (in which Craig Bannister stayed silent about Trump's history of divisive rhetoric)
- Trump Advocates a 'Merit-Based Immigration System'
- Trump Creates Office for Victims of Crimes by Illegal Aliens
- Trump Touts ‘Billions and Billions’ in Savings, ‘Billions and Billions’ of Investment
In contrast to all this fawning Trump sycophancy, CNS made sure to mock and discount any critic of Trump's speech. One article by Susan Jones is headlined "Rep. Hakeem Jeffries Questions If Trump Is a Crook; Rep. Speier Invokes Jekyll and Hyde"; another carries the headline "Schumer Resists: Didn't See Any Point of Agreement With Trump."
In the latter one, Jones added more of her snide parenthetical asides -- something she would never do in her Trump stenography. After quoting Sen. Chuck Schumer pointing that putting billionaires in the government isn't exactly draining the swamp as Trump promised, Jones sneered: "Highly successful businessmen and women are not considered to be hard-working Americans in the Democrats’ playbook. Democrat references to 'working people' generally encompass lower-income, less educated and sometimes struggling Americans who may need government assistance to make ends meet."
The only critical thing CNS published about Trump's speech was a column by right-wing Catholic activist Bill Donohue complaining that Trump wasn't right-wing enough by not referencing "moral issues." How can Donohue be shocked that a thrice-married adulterer who lies pretty much all the time has little interest in discussing moral issues?
The bias at CNS could not be more clear.