Monday, on MSNBC, Congressman Francis Rooney (R-FL) had an interesting exchange with host Katy Tur:
TUR: "You seem to have a lot of confidence, though, that he is going to treat Russia in as tough a way as his predecessors did."
ROONEY: "I do. I think he'll treat Russia more firmly than Obama."
TUR: "I'm just wondering where that confidence comes from."
ROONEY: "Well, he's got a lot of conservative people in the government. And, you know, he's a business guy, so he might have spoken a little less nuanced than very trained Generals and State Department leaders might, but I think he knows, as he said all through the campaign, we're gonna keep America strong; we're gonna keep America safe--both at home and abroad..."
TUR: "He also has a number of people who were, at least, in his administration until last week, who were friendly with Russia--General Mike Flynn being one of them..."
Tur went on to imply that the Trump administration won't be as tough on Russia as former administrations have been, mentioning several other names within the president's sphere of influence who appear friendly to Russia.
"Well, I think it was Obama who leaned over to Putin and said: 'I'll have a little more flexibility to give you what you want after the re-election.'"
Other than the fact it was then-President Medvedev to whom Obama spoke, and not Putin, Rooney was dead on. The hot mic incident between Medvedev and Obama is well-known, especially among conservatives. Despite this, Tur had no clue:
"I'm sorry, I don't know what you're referring to, Congressman," Tur said after a brief pause.
Rooney then tired to jog the journalist's memory, saying: "Remember when he leaned over at a panel discussion, or a meeting, and said: 'I'll have more flexibility after the election.' No one ever really pushed the president on what he meant by that, but I can only assume that for a thug like Putin, that it would embolden him."
Another pause, then Tur abruptly ended the segment.
Here's the clip to which Rooney was referring:
OBAMA: "This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility."
MEDVEDEV: "I understand you. I transmit this information to Vladimir [Putin]."
The exchange between Congressman Rooney and Katy Tur is a quintessential example of media bias--both against Trump and in favor of Obama. Tur is either truly unaware of the infamous hot mic incident between Obama and Medvedev, or she's simply playing dumb. Either way you slice it, that's troubling.
Let's put the shoe on the other foot. If President Trump said to Putin what Obama said to Medvedev, it would be all the media could talk about for months. There would be panel discussions in which pundits dissected Trump's every word and gesture; there would be cries for a public statement from the Trump administration. However, because it was a Democratic president who said it, it apparently didn't make a blip on the mainstream press radar.
That tells you all you need to know about our allegedly fair press.