On Monday, radio host Rush Limbaugh ripped the "Drive-By Media" for sabotaging news of President Donald Trump's unprecedented deal with Mexico. According to Limbaugh, the mainstream media correctly reported the proposed deal initially, but changed on a dime to claim the deal was somehow old news when they realized how beneficial the story was for Trump. The conservative voice also noted that the media were stuck since they couldn't claim the accomplishment was the result of the Obama administration, as they have in the past, so the "old news" tact was their only option.
"It was fascinating. When the media first started reporting on it, they gave it great huzzahs. I mean, they gave it great coverage. They were very positive about it," said Limbaugh during his radio program, according to RushLimbaugh.com. "And then it’s almost like somebody [said]: 'Wait, wait, wait, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, wait a minute, we can’t do this.' And the coverage turned immediately negative. I’m talking about the tariff deal with Mexico that Trump announced on Friday."
Trump announced Friday that he had secured a deal with Mexico to enforce important immigration measures in order to avoid his threat of tariffs — starting at 5% and potentially increasing to a whopping 25% if the country were to continue to resist cooperation.
The president has since underscored that the proposed tariffs will remain a threat and can be implemented if he is not pleased with Mexico.
Limbaugh noted that original news stories surrounding the proposed deal encompassed “some of the greatest coverage Trump’s ever gotten … and then you could just see a switch get flipped, and everybody in the Drive-By Media begin lying about it.”
The mantra the mainstream media flipped to was that the deal was not new, that the concessions made by Mexico were not caused by Trump’s tariffs, and that the president is lying. The refrain is pretty nonsensical; why did Mexico make the unprecedented concessions, then? And if the deal was old, asked Limbaugh, where in the world was the original coverage of the story?
“When New York Times comes out, ‘There’s nothing new about this. This deal was done months ago, and Trump just chose to announce it now. But there’s nothing new here.’ And that is a full-fledged crock! There’s never been anything like this done with Mexico and the way Mexico’s reacting and what they’re saying about it is proof of that,” said the radio host.
“Now, what’s the big deal with this? Because it’s still the Trump administration that did it. Even if the New York Times wants to lie about the timing, they can’t claim that Obama did this,” Limbaugh emphasized.
So the media are “trying to say Trump is lying,” he explained, adding, “They can try this as long as they can or as hard as they want, and they’re gonna convince some people, we have to acknowledge this, but the fact of the matter is that Trump’s tariff threat is the only thing that made this happen, and you can look at the timeline of events and establish this on your own.”
“Fake news doesn’t have any boundaries, folks,” complained Limbaugh. “Do you know any boundaries that are on lies? If you’re gonna lie, you’re gonna lie. Timing doesn’t matter. The New York Times, nobody in the Drive-Bys is gonna allow Trump the appearance of or any real success whatsoever, particularly now as we’re heading into the 2020 campaign and election and the Democrat and the media’s desperate desire to elect a Democrat here. We’re not gonna let Trump win anything. We’re not gonna even convey that Trump won anything. We’re not going to allow the image. We’re not gonna allow the photos. We’re not gonna allow the impressions that Trump has won anything.”
And even if the deal was “old,” said the host, "it’s still something that worked, it’s still something that makes sense, it’s still something Trump said he was gonna do, and it’s still effective!”
“If this stuff is old news, where was and is your reporting of it?” questioned Limbaugh. "We just heard from George Stephanopoulos at ABC. We’ve heard from NBC, CNBC. We’ve heard from all of them in this little montage we had. Where is the news? If this old news, where’s your reporting on it? I don’t remember the stories, ‘Trump and Mexico agree to deal to limit immigration through Mexican southern border.’ I didn’t see this. I’ve never seen that story.”