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Zito: Media Ignore Trump's $83 Billion Deal

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By    |   Sunday, 19 Nov 2017 08:27 PM

The media has largely ignored a significant $83.7 billion "economic game changer" President Donald Trump helped broker with China during his 12-day trip to Asia that's poised to create numerous petrochemical projects in West Virginia over the next 20 years, Salena Zito said in a New York Post opinion piece Saturday.

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on Thursday between West Virginia Secretary of Commerce H. Wood Thrasher and a representative of China Energy. The investment is part of several Chinese investments totaling $250 billion the president has helped negotiate.

Yet, as Zito pointed out, the BBC and CNN reported the story in their business sections and The New York Times ran a short Associated Press story, giving it "low key" placement and "muted" headlines.

"One would have suspected that the prospect of an investment this large — nearly three times the total annual budget for the Department of Energy — would have been front-page news," said Paul Sracic, political science professor at Youngstown State University.

The primary reason for the minor coverage, according to Zito, was because Trump did not tweet or mention anything promoting it. Instead, the media opted to cover his tweets blasting CNN and the verbal attacks between the president and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. However, the article maintained that media hostility toward Trump could be a factor.

As Zito pointed out, Trump had little to gain by making a deal to West Virginia if he was out to woo voters, since the state is expected to vote solidly Republican in 2020. This suggested he was perhaps intending to follow through on a campaign promise to bring more jobs to the U.S. economy.

"This deal suggests that Trump hasn't forgotten what really matters to his base, but few are giving him props for it," the article stated.

"We have to make sure it is good for the economy of our state — that the workers of our state get the benefits of the jobs, and that the nation is secure," West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin told the Post.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has insisted the state had offered no financial incentives to bring the deal to fruition — a deal that will bring jobs to a state that had been hit hard by "job and population losses, as well as wage stagnation, over the past 30 years," Zito explained.

However, the lack of coverage failed to communicate significant positive economic changes for the American people.

"Once again, the media is missing a story that matters to the American people outside the liberal echo chamber. But, it would have helped if Trump had shouted about his own success," the article concluded. "Trump needs to remember that his megaphone isn't just for the haters, but for the voters who are desperate to finally see real change."

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