What the heck is “public diplomacy”?
You have to give Andrea Mitchell credit — the phrase is a pretty clever concoction. The veteran mainstream journalist, now at MSNBC, coined it on the air to express her frustration after being snubbed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday.
Trying to make the whole thing as dramatic looking as possible to make up for the fact that she couldn’t get Tillerson to answer her questions, Mitchell made her situation sound as if the Trump administration was trying to silence reporters.
After showing film of Tillerson’s staffers keeping her from questioning the Secretary of State, Mitchell told her small audience of noon hour viewers:
“That was only moments ago on the seventh floor of the State Department. Still no answers from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.”
Mitchell added the State Department is “taking a backseat on national security and is now facing massive budget cuts.”
Presenting herself as some kind of free speech martyr, Mitchell added:
“This afternoon I’ll be at the first State Department briefing, the first in six weeks since the inaugural. An absence of public diplomacy not seen since 1953 when Dwight Eisenhower was president, when this tradition started of speaking out from the platform here at the State Department to the rest of the world.”
Oh, brother. It’s not like we’re in the middle of the Cuban Missile Crisis or something, or living in a South American banana republic where reporters are going to be rounded up and executed at the soccer stadium.
No, there are going to be budget cuts to the State Department, and Secretary Tillerson won’t or can’t talk about them right now. Big deal.
Most Americans are on Tillerson’s side anyway.
They think it looks good on the media to be shunned and no longer treated like heroes. Trump has been putting them in their place even before he won the election and that was one of the things voters most liked about him.
Now the media is getting the treatment it deserves. All they do is print libelous unfounded rumors and outright fake news in an attempt to undermine the Trump administration. They’ve had too much power for too long.
Maybe they will eventually get the message that no one trusts them any longer or cares what they have to say about anything.
Source: The Daily Caller