MRC’s Rich Noyes: The More Trump Acts Presidential, the More Media Will Appear as Partisan Fear-Mongers

On Friday afternoon, Media Research Center Research Director Rich Noyes took to the airwaves of the Fox Business Network (FBN) and Cavuto: Coast to Coast to blast anti-Donald Trump demonstrators as not “passionate” but “rioters” and “criminals” baited by the liberal media that, if they continue acting up, will only paint them as spreading “partisan fear-mongering.”

Host Neil Cavuto read both of the President-elect’s tweets about the protesters from Thursday night and Friday morning before opining that “a lot of these protesters are being goaded by media and are, you know, seen as doing their constitutionally — which is right — but extending that beyond that to rioting which is not their right.”

Noyes quickly agreed, stating that “I don't think you should even praise rioters as passionate” but also instead slammed as “criminals.”

He added that the media has been nothing short of “hysterical about a potential Trump presidency” by having “called him every name in the book” from “an imbecile” to “uninformed” and promoter of “white supremacy.”

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“After the election, you have people going on CNN talking about it being white-lash and this is — you know, a trajectory towards tragedy. You know, that is the kind of journalism that, you know, I think then students or whoever are seeing this says, okay, you know, this is some kind of, you know, Fourth Reich coming to America and so they get out and protest,” he added. 

To counteract the media, Noyes suggested that “the more Trump acts calm and presidential, the more this looks like nonsense on the part of the media who preached it for six months” to which Cavuto admitted he “was a little surprised that Mr. Trump dialed it back to the degree he did.”

“The more he acts absolutely neutral and calm and presidential and exactly as most Americans would expect him to act, the more that looks like nothing but partisan fear-mongering and it makes the journalists who preached it even more discredited,” Noyes responded.

At the conclusion of the segment, Cavuto heaped quite the level of praise on a true MRC institution: 

Rich Noyes, thank you very, very much. MRC’s research director. You have an uncanny read of the media and what it was missing and how it would come back to bite them in the heinies this whole election season. 

The transcript of Noyes’s appearance on FBN’s Cavuto: Coast to Coast from November 11 can be found below.

FBN’s Cavuto: Coast to Coast
November 11, 2016
12:16 p.m. Eastern

NEIL CAVUTO: President-elect Trump originally blaming media for protests against him. Media critic — critic Rich Noyes says, you know the media is to blame for a lot of this. Now, Rich, by now you see the sort of, you know, twin responses Donald Trump had originally saying: “Just had a very open and successful professional election. Now, professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Unfair!” Then a little later on: “Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country. We will all come together and be proud.” So, he’s obviously feeling the pressure now as the duly-elected president of all Americans to sort of weigh in fairly on this and all that, but his original one was accurate. I mean, a — you know, a lot of these protesters are being goaded by media and are, you know, seen as doing their constitutionally — which is right — but extending that beyond that to rioting which is not their right. 

RICH NOYES: Right, and I don't think you should even praise rioters as passionate. No, they're rioters. They’re criminals. 

CAVUTO: Exactly right. 

NOYES: But if you look back at past six months, the media — the liberal media has been hysterical about a potential trump presidency. You know, they’ve — they’ve called him every name in the book. He was an imbecile candidate. He’s uninformed. He promotes, you know, white supremacy. After the election, you have people going on CNN talking about it being white-lash and this is — you know, a trajectory towards tragedy. You know, that is the kind of journalism that, you know, I think then students or whoever are seeing this says, okay, you know, this is some kind of, you know, Fourth Reich coming to America and so they get out and protest. You know, and I think the more Trump act the calm and presidential, the more this looks like nonsense on the part of the media who preached it for six months. 

CAVUTO: Well, they obviously want to goat them. Many of them do and again, to your point we all have a right to protest. We don't have the right to burn things down and turn this into dangerous situation. Other people have the right to go about their lives, so there is that right, but I was a little surprised that Mr. Trump dialed it back to the degree he did and I hope, not that I'm one to give advice one way or the other, but the thing that was key to his success, sort of ignoring the media, taking on the media, is a sign that he would respond to something that is largely a creation, an exaggeration of the media? 

NOYES: Yea but, I think when you had journalists saying that he would be a threat to American democracy, that you had, an MSNBC anchor saying she was reading up on Hitler's rise to power to get ready for a Trump presidency. 

CAVUTO: Oh yeah! Ridiculous, ridiculous!

NOYES: The more he acts absolutely neutral and calm and presidential and exactly as most Americans would expect him to act, the more that looks like nothing but partisan fear-mongering and it makes the journalists who preached it even more discredited. 

CAVUTO: But what does he do in that event, Rich? Cause I agree with you on the surface about how to handle that, to be above the fray but if they’re constantly fraying at you, and it’s like the kind of tests that turned, you know, violent across the entry, after January 20th, he has got to have a response that’s more than this is your dutiful right as Americans. He’s got to clamp down on that kind of stuff, doesn't he? 

NOYES: Well, if it’s infringing on the peace and civil rights of other Americans, then I think, yes at least local authorities have to do that.

CAVUTO: I think that what they are going to do and I could be crazier. I think they’re going to goat him. Protesters, either those emboldened by the media or those paid by groups, I'm not saying they're all paid, but they’ll go ahead him and they’ll try to show that he leads to tyranny and craziness and they will put him in unwinnable and untenable situation. 

NOYES: Right, but when he becomes the president of the United States, he gets wrapped in the majesty of that office and Americans want their presidents to succeed and I think the more he acts like a president, he’ll have other people in his administration to go out and attack his critics, the more he is above the fray and presidential, I think the more power he has in these situations. 

CAVUTO: Well, we can only hope. Rich Noyes, thank you very, very much. MRC’s research director. You have an uncanny read of the media and what it was missing and how it would come back to bite them in the heinies this whole election season. 


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