Public applauded, media imploded, over SOTU address

Thursday, February 7, 2019
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Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

CNN & Trump SOTU numbersA snap poll after the State of the Union address found overwhelming support for President Trump's message to the nation, and it appears the Trump-hating media was hit hardest by his performance and public reaction.

Scott Whitlock of The Media Research Center says the annual State of the Union allows Trump to "go around" the mainstream media and talk directly to the American people.

It might have worked. Americans told pollsters they liked what they heard in Trump's hour-plus performance, too: 76 percent told CNN it was "somewhat positive" or "very positive" speech, with 23 percent calling it "negative."

CBS News found the same polling results, too, MRC also noted after the speech.

CNN is rabidly anti-Trump in its news coverage and it didn't disappoint: political analyst Van Jones called Trump's address a "psychotically incoherent speech with cookies and dog poop."

Jones went on to complain that Trump failed, for example, to mention transgender military members and "undocumented people," meaning illegal aliens, who had been invited by Democrats to attend.

John King, CNN's political correspondent, told fellow panelists (see below) it was a "disgrace" that Trump failed to mention "climate change" during the address.

The Washington Free Beacon noticed that MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, reading from the transcript, complained about improper grammar usage.

Whitlock tells OneNewsNow that both CNN and MSNBC were discussing their hopes for a "You lie!" moment from Democrats, referring to Joe Wilson, the former GOP congressman, who yelled at President Obama during his 2009 State of the Union address.

"MSNBC said that if this happens then that would be Trump’s fault," Whitlock recalls, "because he’s been so disruptive, and they essentially said that he would deserve it."

On MSNBC, Brian Williams was taken aback at Trump using the primetime speech to criticize late-term abortion.

"Graphic language on abortion," Williams observed, "which was kind of a first for a national speech in my time."

OneNewsNow reported after the speech that pro-lifers took notice of Trump's strong words, too, such as declaring that "all children, born and unborn, are made in the holy image of God."

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