Rob Reiner has made some strange statements of late, but perhaps the former star of "All in the Family" has made no statement as strange as the one he made on "The View" late Friday: that President Donald Trump is the first president bolstered and sold by the "mainstream media."
“This is the first time also in American history where we have had a president — every president uses propaganda to sell a policy — Republicans and Democrats,” Reiner told the women of the daytime chat show. "But this is the first time we have had a president that is supported by mainstream media. I mean, Fox is mainstream media. Between that and Breitbart and Sinclair and Alex Jones there are 40 percent of the country getting their news only there.”
Apparently, the definition of "mainstream media" is a bit . . . loose . . . for Mr. Reiner. And he seems to conveniently forget that most mainstream media outlets — even ones typically considered moderate — have been heavily critical of the president. That's in stark contrast to, say, the Obama years, which left the former president wholeheartedly believing he'd never experienced a single scandal.
Reiner did have harsh words for one leftist publication: the Huffington Post.
“I think the press let us down because I don’t they thought he could get the nomination, I don’t think they thought he could win. So they played it kind of funny. Even Huffington Post put it on the comedy page initially," Reiner said.
That explains, of course, how Trump's success took people like Reiner by surprise.