The National Pulse

The Mainstream Media Is Finally Covering Real News

For months — heck, for two years — the media has been obsessed with Donald Trump. They have covered his every word and every move since the moment he announced his candidacy for president in 2015, and since he took office in January, it’s been at a fever pitch. Nonstop, wall-to-wall, endless, breathless coverage of Donald Trump and all his missteps, real or alleged. I’ve heard “Russian collusion” so many times that I don’t even know what is being investigated anymore.

The media have been trying to discredit Trump’s presidency since day one. Every little thing he does becomes a national crisis. And it’s exhausting. I’ve simply stopped watching the news most of the time, except for an hour or two a day.

We got a brief break from the rancor earlier this summer when a crazed Bernie Sanders supporter attempted to assassinate Republican members of Congress. I thought the break would last a few days, but literally that same night, the mainstream media was back to covering the latest “bombshell” on Russia.

Now we’re getting a real break as the media does a good job of covering Hurricane Harvey. This is a real, national crisis, the type of story the 24-hour news cycle was designed for. This is where the media is critical — conveying news and safety information, telling stories of heartbreak and heroism. Texans and all Americans are rightfully glued to their TVs for the latest news.

I worry that the media’s Trump obsession may have actually made the impact of the storm worse. Meteorologists have known about the danger of this storm for a week or two, but the media wasn’t covering it until this past weekend. Had they been able to break away from their Trump coverage for one second, perhaps the general public in Texas would have been better prepared because they knew the storm was coming.

But they are covering the storm now. And days like these are where the media shines. They are covering real news that impacts people’s lives. This is what we need — not more panel discussions about the latest Trump tweet.

Thomas Valentine

Thomas Valentine is a columnist for

  • When the storm winds down, the media will once again have to report facts about this country. That will include the straight-forward fact that our president has harsher words to say about the news media than any condemnation against white nationalists or Nazis. That’s disgusting.

  • I realize Valentine is relieved that this storm has taken the media’s attention away from the Trump disaster, however this mind-rotting president negatively impacts American lives. The media is doing its job.

  • Actually the mainstream media is allowing Texan Republicans off the hook. They are not doing their job. Remember these Republicans were against federal spending during Sandy, but now that it is their state needing tax money they are begging Trump to spend, spend, spend. Hypocrites. They least they could do is apologize for their previous nastiness–or is it only Texan lives that matter?

  • Maybe if we didn’t have a “president’ who thinks “good people” march with Nazis, the media would spend less time on his disgusting outbursts. And yes, you know exactly what the Russian investigation is about–that’s why you want the media to stop covering it! The right wing elected this dangerous fool. Don’t expect the honest media to ignore his misdeeds.

    • You people on this thread are the reason this country has almost been completely destroyed. Leave Trump alone. It was Obama that put this country in the state that it is. Shame on you all. Why not go stick your head back up the democrats backsides where they were.

    • Temper Temper Renee Old Gal! When Trump leaves us alone, we will leave him alone. Got it? If you don’t like this “destroyed” country, you are free to leave. I am sorry you hate America. You should be ashamed!

    • Actually we need to be clear about facts: Renee voted for a man who brags about molesting woman; Renee voted for a man who says “good people” march with Nazis; Renee voted for a man who cavorts with America’s Russian enemies. Let’s be clear: Renee owes us all an apology!