The media, the country’s top lobbying group, has become so focused on a single state strategy that it is losing sight of the country and the state of its people, said Michael Froman, executive director of the Media Research Center, a conservative media watchdog group.
In an interview, Froman said the media’s attention to the issue of immigration, which has been at the center of the 2016 presidential race, has been disproportionate.
“They’ve spent the better part of the past decade talking about the ‘broken promises’ of the Obama administration,” Froman told The Associated Press.
“This was not the first time they talked about immigration.
They’re talking about it again now because of the election of Donald Trump.
They’ve got this sense that if you’re not going to get it done, you should get it over with.”
The media has also been too focused on Trump’s divisive rhetoric and the possibility of a second national election, Fromant said.
In a recent op-ed, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat wrote that Trump’s presidency has been “an ugly, ugly spectacle.”
The editorial was published in April after Trump, a Republican, won the White House and his party swept state legislative and congressional races in November.
“There are a few things we don’t understand about Trump: He can be the most unpredictable president in American history; he’s been so aggressive in his criticism of immigrants, Muslims, and Mexicans; and he has no real strategy to make America great again,” Douthats wrote.
“But the most important thing is that he is unapologetically racist, sexist, xenophobic, and racist-bashing.”
Trump has continued to call for mass deportations of undocumented immigrants, including those who have criminal records, while saying he will build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and deport 11 million immigrants.
Trump’s campaign and the Republican-controlled House and Senate have been unable to pass immigration legislation, which the president has repeatedly threatened to veto.
The Trump administration has made it clear that its policy is to prioritize the deportation of criminals and people who are in the country illegally.
In recent months, several federal agencies have been investigating whether Trump has committed fraud in the 2016 election.
In February, the Justice Department launched an investigation into whether Trump had committed fraud when he said in the campaign that he would pay $25,000 to anyone who could prove he had voted illegally.
The probe is part of a broader probe into whether the Trump campaign and Russian operatives colluded to tilt the election in Trump’s favor.
In September, the House Ethics Committee announced that it had launched an internal investigation into Trump’s potential violations of federal law, and the panel is expected to issue its findings next month.
The report was prompted by allegations by former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Trump had ordered Flynn to contact a Russian ambassador in January 2016 about sanctions on Russia.
In response to a question about Flynn, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Trump had not made the calls.
Spicer said Flynn had been asked to contact the ambassador but had refused to do so.
Froman described Trump’s comments as “a little bit ridiculous.”
The president’s comments are “absolutely ridiculous,” Fromant added.
“Trump doesn’t believe in what he’s doing.
He has no idea what’s going on.
There’s a huge disconnect between what he thinks he’s done, and what he does.”
Froman acknowledged that the president’s rhetoric and rhetoric has contributed to the “political polarization” that has taken hold of the United State.
But he said that “the media and the political elites” have largely ignored the facts and “watched in silence as Donald Trump has created an unprecedented situation where people who don’t support him are losing jobs, are living in poverty, and are struggling for basic necessities.”