President TrumpDonald TrumpYoungkin ad features mother who pushed to have 'Beloved' banned from son's curriculum White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege Democrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled MORE becomes first president since 2002 not to visit troops at Christmastime. https://t.co/6GS2MTeaLZ— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 25, 2018
Trump becomes first president since 2002 not to visit troops at Christmastime. https://t.co/VEyyij9B0S— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 26, 2018
By the time this was posted, the President and Mrs. Trump were in Iraq with the troops. https://t.co/g9ACNO5hxn— Brit Hume (@brithume) December 26, 2018
Shaming him seems to work. https://t.co/KMSPnDAPyE— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) December 26, 2018
So, after losing the Trump-doesn't-visit-troops-at-
Yes, Ma’am. Trump read this tweet when it was posted and time-traveled himself back to yesterday and flew to Iraq. Genius take.— Brit Hume (@brithume) December 26, 2018
From the Washington Post, “The president’s visit to Al Asad Air Base west of Baghdad, which was shrouded in secrecy, follows months of public pressure for him to spend time with troops deployed to conflicts in the Middle East and punctuates the biggest week of turmoil the Pentagon has faced during his presidency.”
And there we have it: "... followed months of public pressure to spend time with troops ... ." The motive is assumed and, therefore, becomes indisputable in what is supposed to be a straight news story.
If the military believes what the press would like its readers and viewers to believe about Trump's feelings towards them, many certainly had a funny way of showing it.
"Troops are not supposed to be involved in political activities," she added. "The U.S. military is not a political force.”
The worst kind of bias is the bias of omission. And what's missing from this report is precedent as it pertains to President Obama who, as a candidate, signed memorabilia for U.S. service members overseas in July 2008. Not a hint of criticism followed.