The establishment media seems to love setting up victims with “gotcha” questions and pitting newsmakers against one another — even when they’re on the same side.
Not everyone targeted for a surprise attack by the media can catch on to the game, but singer Kid Rock did on Thursday.
The artist, whose legal name is Robert James Ritchie, was walking into the White House when a reporter outside tossed out a question to him. It was an obvious set-up, baiting the musician to criticize the White House — or make him look foolish with a half-baked answer.
But as a show business veteran, Kid Rock caught on to the set-up immediately, as evidenced by his quick, shut-down reply:
WOKE KID ROCK
Mr. Rock walks into the White House.
Reporter yells: “Kid Rock, should Trump fire Jeff Sessions?”
Kid Rock looks at reporter and says, “Fire you!”
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) October 11, 2018
In the C-Span video clip, just as Rock neared the first pillar, a reporter can be heard yelling, “Should President Trump fire Jeff Sessions?” As Rock appeared between the two pillars he responded, “He should fire you.” And without missing a beat, continued walking toward the White House entrance as if nothing of importance just happened.
Score another one for Team Trump.
The Daily Caller reported that the singer was at the White House to join fellow musical artist Kanye West and former NFL legend Jim Brown for lunch with the president. They were gathered — along with numerous other musical stars — for something more than lunch:
It was to see President Donald Trump sign the Music Modernization Act, a bill updating music royalties laws for the digital age, according to The Tennessean.
Flanked by Kid Rock, Mike Love (The Beach Boys) and Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Pres signs bill to ensure fair royalties for songwriters and others in the recording industry including for works written before 1972. pic.twitter.com/3GrqFH9HlS
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 11, 2018
In his comments after the signing, Rock praised Trump as not getting enough credit for the good that has been accomplished in his two years in office. He then called the royalties bill “a great start to protect songwriters, producers, engineers — the unsung heroes behind many of these songs that go out there.”
“This business of music is a pretty dirty business… but this is a great start to protect songwriters, producers, engineers — the unsung heroes behind many of these songs that go out there,” famed musician Kid Rock said at Trump’s signing ceremony for the Music Modernization Act pic.twitter.com/wrsj4luxCf
— POLITICO (@politico) October 11, 2018
Given the fact the media knew Trump’s agenda and who would be visiting the White House on Thursday and why, it is notable that Rock was thrown a political question that had absolutely nothing to do with the Music Modernization Act.
Clearly, the question was geared to get something that could be used to further smear Trump.
Kid Rock is one of the few celebrities who publicly fight against the left and anti-Trump sentiment.
He was also open about his support for Trump for president, telling Rolling Stone magazine in February 2016 that he was “digging Trump” and thought Americans should let a businessman run the country like a business.
(The interview can be found here. But warning, it’s full of F-bombs, and Rolling Stone doesn’t have a problem publishing obscenities.)
West, the rap megastar, got most of the media attention, naturally. While the entire visit was entertaining, one of the more light-hearted and endearing moments came when Kanye did something many would find to be against protocol:
Kanye West: “I love this guy right here. Let me give this guy a hug.” pic.twitter.com/fuHyzkW37X
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 11, 2018
Stating that he loved Trump, the singer also left his seat to make physical contact with the world leader. It’s not something the Secret Service is too fond of allowing, but in this case, the hug went uninterrupted.
Despite the positive meeting and purpose for it, the establishment media and social media were quick to attack.
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) October 11, 2018
Watching @CNN, seeing Kanye at the White House this afternoon was some of the saddest stuff I’ve seen in quite sometime. Not gonna go OFF, though. I’m just sad. I’ll leave it to y’all to state the obvious as to why.
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) October 11, 2018
Declaring that his Make America Great Again hat makes him “feel like Superman,” rapper Kanye West makes free-styling appearance in the Oval Office with President Trump. https://t.co/K26USGo0dV
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 11, 2018
I’m so embarrassed for Kanye. https://t.co/kEkKRrUNqw
— Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) October 11, 2018
Of course, not everyone bought into the hatefest. Some took to social media to praise the moment for what it was.
Kanye West went to The White House and spoke about the importance of black people having ownership and yall mad why??
— DEM ???????????????? (@KingDemic) October 11, 2018
Despite all the positives that came from the visits Thursday, the establishment media chose to focus on being negative and critical.
Rather than simply reporting the events of the day and outcomes or even using the opportunity to get a great quote from Kid Rock about the music bill, the theme of the day seemed to be “attack, attack attack.”
Fortunately for conservatives and the Trump White House, Kid Rock, at least, was ready.