Dave Boyer, Washington Times: Trump comment on N. Korea prompts more media alarm than Obama’s blanket pledge
In 2007, presidential candidate Barack Obama said he’d meet with the leaders of North Korea or Iran without preconditions, and the media largely gave him a pass or even defended him.
On Monday, President Trump said he’d meet with North Korea’s leader “under the right circumstances,” prompting a widespread tone of alarm in the press.
“If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it,” Mr. Trump said of Kim Jong-un Monday in an Oval Office interview with Bloomberg News. “If it’s under the, again, under the right circumstances. But I would do that.”
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WNU Editor: The media's reaction to President Trump's willingness to meet North Korean leader Kim Jung-un has been overwhelmingly negative when the story broke out this afternoon (see the above video). What I find interesting about this story is that it stands in contrast to their reaction on what then Senator and candidate Obama said in 2008 during the debates when he made it very clear that he would be willing to meet the leaders of Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, Syria, and North Korea .... (link here). The media reaction then was very positive .... and Senator Obama was cheered for advocating this position. Today .... different President .... a clearly different media reaction. Is there a double standard at play in the media? You tell me. As to what is my take on President Trump's willingness to meet Kim Jung Un .... I say let the diplomats do the ground work first before making such a remark. Same thing with then candidate Obama .... let the diplomats do the ground work first before making such a commitment. As it turned out .... that is exactly what happened with both Cuba and Iran during President Obama's tenure.