Whether you support Trump or not, you have to admit he's pretty amazing at making the media dance along to his tune all while providing hours of complimentary media coverage. But Trump's latest stunt has really stirred the mainstream media into a frenzy with CNN's Jake Tapper declaring "we all got Rick-Rolled" by Trump and Politico's Glenn Thrush tweeting "this is a f--king disgrace."
It all started this morning when Trump sent the following tweet alerting the media to a "major statement" at his new Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C.
I am now going to the brand new Trump International, Hotel D.C. for a major statement.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2016
While the media was expecting Trump to make a statement about the "birther" issue and take questions from the press, what they actually got was 30 minutes of endorsements from decorated military generals and medal of honor recipients. Finally, at the very end Trump made the following statement about Obama's citizenship and left the event without taking questions:
“Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it. President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Period. Now we all want to get back to making America strong again.”
The mainstream media, who were all salivating over the opportunity to divert attention from the myriad of Hillary scandals by instead attacking Trump at a live "press conference," were furious when they realized they had been played. The outrage set off an amazing tweet storm from the liberal press...
CNN actually cut their coverage of the event with Jake Tapper declaring that Trump had pulled a "political Rick roll."
And CNN finally pulls out of live coverage of Trump event while these other folks are speaking. Jake Tapper calls it a political Rick roll.— Zuri Berry (@zuriberry) September 16, 2016
Meanwhile, Politico's Glenn Thrush was furious that the cable networks had allowed Trump to "hijack them for free airtime" calling it a "f--king disgrace."
18 months into this cable networks are still letting Trump hijack them for free airtime -- ad time -- by promising a "major announcement'— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) September 16, 2016
This is a f--king disgrace... https://t.co/YtSjlt57Os— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) September 16, 2016
Former New York Times reporter, Jim Roberts, and CNN's John King admitted that the media got "played."
Once again, the American news media gets totally played by Trump. Wall-to-wall coverage. We’re all guilty.— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) September 16, 2016
“We got played, again, by the Trump campaign.” — John King just now on CNN.— Matt Viser (@mviser) September 16, 2016
Meanwhile, MSNBC scrambled to put out new fires (sorry, plumes of smoke) around Hillary after Trump claimed that “Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy."
Kudos to MSNBC. Check out the middle chyron below. They inserted "falsely." pic.twitter.com/DBg0CeR9wJ— John Aravosis (@aravosis) September 16, 2016
But, at least one journalist disagreed with MSNBC's attempt to distance Hillary from the "birther" rumor.
Isn't it fun to watch all the dancing?