President Obama's former deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, once infamously bragged of his ability to control media narratives through gullible reporters. “The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaign," he said. "They literally know nothing.”
Yesterday, as the American Thinker first observed, Rhodes began issuing marching orders to the "know nothing" reporters evidently at his command.
And thus was born this news cycle's buzzword: Cruel.
Shortly after Rhodes' tweetstorm, President Obama released his own statement, likewise calling the planned ending of DACA "cruel."
As seen in the montage above, the major media picked up on their cues, and the word "cruel" was oon seen in virtually every news segment about the Trump Administration's decision to halt DACA in six months.
Here are just a few of the TV talking heads who added their voices to the echo chamber:
And here are some of the Democratic lawmakers who likewise joined the "cruel" chorus:
What's ironic is that President Trump's comments about DACA almost exactly reflect then-President Obama's.
Obama called Trump "cruel" despite having conceded himself upon enacting DACA that the executive order was "a temporary stopgap measure" that would eventually need to be replaced with congressional legislation.
This is also President Trump's message.
After Attorney General Sessions announced the administration would end DACA in six months, the White House asked Congress to address the issue of so-called DREAMers through legislation.
"We have confidence that Congress is going to step up and do their job," the press secretary for the White House, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said Tuesday. "This is something that needs to be fixed legislatively, and we have confidence that they’re going to do that."
This echoes what Obama himself said repeatedly.
Speaking on June 15th, 2012, at the Rose Garden, Obama stressed DACA "is not a path to citizenship. It's not a permanent fix. This is a temporary stopgap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, patriotic young people."
"Precisely because this is temporary, Congress needs to act," he emphasized again.