Prognostications for 2017

Ronald E. Yates is an author of award-winning historical fiction and action/adventure novels, including the popular and highly-acclaimed Finding Billy Battles trilogy.

Predicting what will happen in the New Year is ordinarily a futile exercise, but in President-Elect Donald Trump’s case, there are a couple of prognostications that will, without a doubt, come to pass.

First, Trump will be officially inaugurated on January 20—notwithstanding those ludicrous ballot recounts, yowling Democrats, the Russians, and campus “safe places” satiated with sobbing snowflakes. Boo hoo.

Second, as soon as Trump takes the oath of office, the news media will launch an obdurate and tenacious campaign of assaults and deceits designed to undermine his presidency.

No matter what President Trump does, no matter who he names or nominates for a position, no matter what action he takes or whatever changes he proposes, the media will react like a pack of feral running dogs, yelping and snapping at his heels.

Never in my 30 years as a journalist have I seen a media so wrathful and hate-filled about a president-elect. Nor have I seen the media engage in such a wholesale disregard for accuracy and impartiality in order to support one candidate (Clinton) over another (Trump).

image“The End of the World,” says Germany’s Der Spiegel

Not even in 1980 when Ronald Reagan was elected did the media react with such palpable vehemence and loathing.

Sure, they questioned Reagan’s intellect and labeled him with some mocking names: Cowboy, “B” picture actor, and of course, “The Gipper” for his role as George Gipp in the 1940 film “Knut Rockne, All American.”

image   President Reagan

But those appellations pale in comparison to what the media have routinely called Donald Trump: racist, bigot, white supremacist, Nazi, fascist, misogynist, xenophobe, homophobe, Islamophobe.

The unseemly list goes on and on, and I am sure there are some sobriquets that the media haven’t yet employed to describe the man who Americans legitimately elected