After his death the media (mainstream media, the drive-by media, the MSM, pick three) treated Ronald Magnus as a saint and as the Mighty Statesman that he was.

Rest assured he was not always reported so magnanimously by the TV and newspaper reporters, as Howard Kurtz writes.

Reagan was, quite simply, a far more controversial figure in his time than the largely gushing obits on television would suggest.

I’d say they were a nemesis. I laughed at

Major newspapers would run stories on all the facts he had mangled, a practice that faded as it became clear that most Americans weren’t terribly concerned.

Anyway, he was portrayed as lax, unintelligent, or disinterested, circumstanced depending, although I agree that he should be criticized for withdrawing American forces from Lebanon following the terrorist attack.