Woodward: “Smug” media on Trump crusade

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Axios

Bob Woodward told Axios’ Mike Allen that the press is covering Trump with a certain smugness, but it’s not the media’s job to make his presidency an editorial. “You have to have a presumption of good will,” said Woodward.

“I think there’s so many people treating the Trump presidency as if it’s a try-out, as if it’s provisional…odds are, he’s probably going to be president for a full term, four years, maybe even more…there’s hyperventilation, too many people writing things. When’s the impeachment coming, how long’s he gonna last, will he make it through the summer, and so forth…
“I worry, I worry for the business, for the perception of the business, not just Trump supporters, they see that smugness…I think you can ride both horses, intensive inquiry, investigation, not letting up…at the same time, realize that it’s not our job to do an editorial on this.”
  • What is power? “Real power is fear,” said Woodward. “I think this is the businessman in the White House that you need to fear.”
  • Woodward’s fear: “We should worry about a leadership vacuum in the world.”
  • Example of “good power”: “The one institution that’s led well in the world is the Catholic Church… this guy from Argentina really believes in charity, and is caring and has an openness.” So they made him the pope with the hope he would redefine the church. “And this pope has done that.”

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