In an offhand comment Wednesday on Morning Joe, co-host Mika Brzezinski said that it was the media’s job to “control exactly what people think.” The comments are being spread as an example of the hubris and arrogance of the mainstream media.
Joe Scarborough was talking about how the media was overreacting to Trump’s actions, and how Trump supporters mock them. “They go ‘yeah you guys are going crazy,'” he said, “what are you so surprised about? He’s doing exactly what he said he’s going to do.”
“Well, and I think the dangerous edges here,” Brzezinski added, “are that he is trying to undermine the media, trying to make up his own facts.”
And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he could have undermined the messaging so much that he could actually control exactly what people think – and that is our job.
Presumably by “our” she is referring to members of the mainstream media.
MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski tells us her true intentions: It’s ‘our job’ to control exactly what people think. pic.twitter.com/Mzzaqq03Z8
— Makada 🇺🇸 (@_Makada_) February 22, 2017
President Trump has made the media and their alleged bias the focus of his campaign and now presidency as he discovers new reasons to bash them on his Twitter account and in every manner available to him. The media has fired back and challenged him and his allies, sometimes blurring the line between traditional journalism, and partisan activism.
Trump has been especially outspoken against CNN since they reported on supposed damaging information the Russians had on the president, something that the administration has denied strenuously. The mainstream media has pounced on any instance of misleading information from the administration, while Trump has angrily denounced any hint of “fake news” from the media.