This is one I didn’t see coming. While many government activities are viewed through lenses of bias, the freeing of three American citizens from North Korean prisons should have been something in which both the left and right could take pride – unfortunately, that’s not so.
How the left reported on North Korean hostages being freed
Pettiness was the name of the game on Thursday’s Morning Joe as MSNBC panelists took turns attempting to negatively spin the release of three American hostages from North Korea.
Host Mika Brzezinski led the show off by announcing the release, which occurred late last night. She took care to mention that the President had called North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un “nice” for allowing the detainees to go free before the upcoming summit. “Was Kim ‘nice’ to imprison them in the first place?” she snarked. “We’re going to have a full analysis of that.”
After introducing the morning’s topics, Brzezinski handed the reins to co-host Joe Scarborough, who appeared reluctant to discuss this latest development. He veered off onto a tangent about the previous night’s Yankees-Red Sox game, evidently preferring to discuss his favorite sports team having suffered a defeat to admitting that the President had scored a diplomatic victory.
When he did get around to bringing up the released hostages, he followed Brzezinski’s example and immediately latched onto the President’s peculiar choice of words. “First of all, who do you call nice who’s kidnapped three Americans?” he complained.
If you’re the journalists at CNN overnight, you make sure to mention the Robert Mueller investigation, Stormy Daniels and to worry about Donald Trump getting credit for these Americans returning.
At 2:26 AM ET, in the early hours of Thursday, CNN’s cameras were waiting for Trump and Kim Dong-chul, Tony Kim and Kim Hak-song to arrive at Andrews Air Force Base. Journalist John Vause deemed this the time to speculate on scandals: “Donald Trump believes that this success in the foreign policy field might be enough, you know, to distract attention away from the Robert Mueller investigation into Russia, the criminal investigation of his own personal attorney, you know, the Stormy Daniels affair.”
We have been witness to what has been a remarkable several hours here at Joint Base Andrews. The President is back at the White House. The detainees, the returnees now, are at Walter Reed Medical Center.
But this is something that we’ll be talking about for a while. It was a moment of intense anticipation. You had — it also (was) very carefully choreographed right?
But what was striking, was that this was, listen, Donald Trump is a former reality show producer. This was a staged production meant for television, meant for the cameras, meant to be shown and seen here in this country and around the world.
From the get-go, ABC was looking to crackdown on the joy of the hostage release. While they kicked off World News Tonight with coverage of the hostages, they mixed the story with that of the Iran nuclear deal. “President Trump says he plans to be there when they arrive at Andrews Air Force base at 2:00 in the morning. Just as Iran tonight sends the President its own message, after he tore up the nuclear deal,” announced anchor David Muir.
How the right reported on North Korean hostages being freed
Against the backdrop of a large American flag hoisted between two fire trucks, President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in the early hours of Thursday morning welcomed home three Americans freed by North Korea during Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Pyongyang.
A reporter asked Trump whether securing their release was his “proudest achievement.”
“My proudest achievement will be – this is a part of it – will be when we denuclearize that entire peninsula,” he replied. “This is what people have been waiting for for a long time. Nobody thought we could be on this track in terms of speed. So I’m very honored to have helped the three folks.”
Trump said he appreciated that Kim Jong Un had allowed the three to leave before the summit being planned between them.
When three Americans newly freed from detention in North Korea arrived at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland early Thursday, President Donald Trump was there to greet them.
The president was joined by first lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
A motorcade was waiting to take the three Korean-American detainees — Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim — to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for physical examinations.
The Main Street View
Some things don’t have to be partisan. America, including its media outlets, should celebrate the return of fellow citizens. Media outlets ignoring what is clearly big news is inexcusable and wreaks of bias. Pundits criticising the president for having fought to get these men home is petty and achieves nothing.