Accuracy in Media

President Trump has had dust-ups with various members of the media since he became a public figure in the 1970s.

Recently, he has clashed with John Harwood, Jorge Ramos and Christopher Cuomo over everything from polling to immigration to national security. His set-tos with Jim ‘Fake News’ Acosta and Joe Scarborough are the stuff of legend.

But when he attacks Katy Tur, it’s because she is a woman. When he calls her a “third-rate reporter” and “Little Katy,” he’s not deriding her for what he perceives as biased, relentlessly negative coverage. It’s because she is a woman. He tells her in July 2015 she’ll never be president but not because he doesn’t think she will be president. It’s because she is a woman.

That’s the view Carlos Lozada of the Washington Post sympathetically took in his review of her new book “Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History.”

Lozado says Tur asserts in the book she covered the campaign “with one audience in mind: the American voter.” But the book, he says, seems written for her colleagues on the trail – “full of insider reminiscences, professional self-doubt, last-second flights, lousy hotels and gossip about which NBC News embed was making out in a garage with which CNN staffer.

“Yet what elevates ‘Unbelievable’ beyond one more pedestrian campaign memoir is Tur’s skill at capturing the constant indignities of campaign reporting while female, including the worst indignity of all: enduring the fixation of Trump himself.”

President Trump pulls out of the Paris Climate Accords, and he is a destroyer of the environment. He rescinds Obama-era guidance that every school in the nation build separate bathrooms for transsexual students, and he is a homophobe. He says there are good people among the haters in Charlottesville, and he is a racist.

He criticizes a reporter who happens to be female, and it is because she is female and he doesn’t deal well with females – despite having his own daughter in business with him, numerous female executives in his various companies and the first female to lead a winning presidential campaign in American history.  

When Trump tells Tur she’ll never be president – “Neither will you,” she thinks to herself, according to the book – it’s not because he doesn’t like her reporting or considers her unprepared. It’s “to undercut her confidence.”

Perhaps she internalizes her indignities in this way because to do otherwise would be to admit she was reporting on something she held in complete contempt.

She called Trump’s campaign staff the “Bad News Bears of politics, the people the other candidates didn’t pick.” She said his supporters could be broken down into such categories as “Cowboy America, Biker America, Angry Conservative Uncle America and Mom America, among others.”

They could be nice, sensible people on the outside of a Trump rally, she wrote. But once inside, “these people are unchained. They can drop their everyday niceties. They can yell and scream and say things they’d never say out loud on the outside.”

They can do all this because “Trump is crude, and in his halo of crudeness other people get to be crude as well.” This halo, Lozado says, and not intervention from Bernie Sanders-paid thugs, “encompasses the violence that emerged at some Trump events.”

At the end, after a few chapters on how hard it is to get your makeup on so you can appear on television every day, she addresses her colleagues: “Think about what we’ve been through. For the rest of our lives we’ll need each other just to vouch for stories that our children, spouses and other friends surely won’t believe.”

But she should have taken a longer look at the advice she relays earlier in the book. An old television journalist told her to remain professional no matter what she was covering or how. “No one cares,” the mentor told her. “The news is not about you.” 

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  • leftistfiltharethecanceronsoci

    I believed there is a typo here. Isn’t there a “d” at the end of Katy’s last name?

  • TED

    Clearly, Trump is a pig … whether he’s sh*tting on a male or female. He’s a blowhard, motor-mouthed, internet troll-type, petty bully. If he grew up in my neighborhood, he would have had all that sh*t kicked out of him by age 16 … and more than once! It’s an embarrassment (to me and the western world) that he somehow got to be president of the U.S.

  • loulai

    Spot on!!!

  • TED

    People like you … and the rest of your similarly-minded, uber-partisan, and “deplorable” brethren … are the real “cancer on society” … certainly on the political system.

  • LibbyDibs

    Thank you for describing yourself Ted!
    “”People like you … and the rest of your similarly-minded,
    uber-partisan, and “deplorable” brethren … are the real “cancer on
    society” … certainly on the political system.””

  • jg collins

    The news is still not about Tur.

    Tur WHO?

  • FlCracker2

    Ted, try to have a thought of your own. You are parroting the ramblings of a geriatric narcissistic. (We all saw how well that went for the old girl)

  • FlCracker2

    Damn, your neighborhood was full of late bloomers and slow kids? Sorry to hear that.

  • Peter

    Go easy on her. She could have a child called Undy Tur.

  • Peter

    Ted. This is no time for frivolity. Get serious.

  • Peter

    If Trump told her how pretty she was, he’d be in trouble for that too. His mistake: He should have told her how pretty she is. Such is called diplomacy in politics. It is important to be ‘diplomatically correct’.

  • Peter

    The ‘old duck’ Hillary.

  • Peter

    If it was she’d have herself a scoop putting herself on report.

  • Peter

    No woman like Hillary will ever be President. That would require a ‘lady’. Maybe even Lady Tur.

  • Peter

    Slugger Ted.

  • mioahu

    A lot of projecting there Buddy… sounds like our friend lying TED…an embarrassment indeed.

  • If Ms Tur wants to truly experience persecution as a woman, let her visit some of the off-limits “NO GO” muslim enclaves.

  • John Cumins

    Cry baby conservatives. Katy Tur is tough and young. She WILL be around a hell of a lot longer than Donald Trump. Conservatives are going to be a thing of the past. Republicans are even more divided than Democrats. You guys are like the stupid dog that catches the car… You’ve had the white house for how long now? And NOTHING has been accomplished! You boyfriend wins the White House and he doesn’t even know how to find the bathroom from his office. Yes, I am a liberal and proud of it! What kind if idiot is a Republican? This country is changing for the better. Republicans think Ronald Reagan is going to be channeled through someone. He’d be disgusted by what the Republicans have become. Get out of your stupid backward world and for God’s sake travel, read a book, meet some who’s culture is different than you!! Live!!

  • Peter

    Trump has been President now for eight months. You said and I quote: 1/. “And nothing has been accomplished.” Then you said and I quote: 2/. “This country is changing for the better.”
    John Cumins: – ” Do you feel like an idiot?”

  • John Cumins

    That’s your only perceived inconsistency? Awwwww! Did I hurt your feelings? Do you want me to stop poking fun of your stupidity? Go to bed it looks like you’ve spent most of the night whining about that mean old reporter Katy. Do us all a favor roll your hair then go to bed. Take plenty of tissue.

  • Peter

    Not a perception Johnny. You contradicted yourself. I like it when you make a fool of yourself.

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  • TED

    Save your breath! How far can any intelligent analysis of anything get when the listeners here all believe that their great (to the 10th or 20th power) grandparents were Adam and Eve! LMAO.

  • LibbyDibs

    Oh John…what a funny man you are! “roll your hair then go to bed. Take plenty of tissue. what kind if idiot is a Republican? ”
    Get over Hillary, Katy ever becoming anything. Trump, like it or not, is president. Without facts, you resort to name calling.

  • hankfromthebank

    if she didn’t sleep with Keith Olbermann she would be waiting on tables. No talent whatsoever and not attractive enough to be on Fox..