On Media Bias

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Bias is a part of humanity, and there really isn’t anything wrong with it. Anyone who reads the stuff I write will know where I stand. I don’t hide anything. Even if you hate things like free markets, Western Civilization, the gold standard, traditional American values, and Donald Trump, you can’t be annoyed with me personally because I do not hide the fact that I support these things and tailor my words accordingly.

What people don’t like is duplicity. And for decades now, the mainstream media has been guilty of it in spades. This is because it (by ‘it’ I mean the collective of ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and even Fox News, as well as the New York Times, Washington Post and numerous other major papers) purports itself to be objective actors who merely act as sieves, filtering the torrent of news that comes out in a particular time frame into the most pure elements.

Consider this. The average Donald Trump rally goes on for something like 60 to 90 minutes. Your average news segment runs 2-3 minutes, which includes a description of the context in which whatever rally that is being reported on is taking place in. This means that at most, 30 seconds or so of actual footage of the rally will be used in the report.

30 seconds, which is 0.8% of the rally, is what will be presented to the public as representative of that rally. So which 0.8% will be used? Will it be a substantive 0.8%, in which Trump discusses the perilous economy, or the poor trade situation, or the fact that the status quo has failed us, or the deleterious effects of Obamacare, topics he discusses in every rally? Or will a 0.8% of the rally in which he makes an off color remark, or trashes the media, or speaks disparagingly of a third party, be chosen to be presented to the public?

That decision is a matter of bias.

And the media has overwhelmingly favored the latter. It makes sense; the more ‘explosive’ elements of the Trump rhetoric makes for good TV, increased ratings and all the rest of it. It also enables blowhard pundits the space to excoriate Trump for ‘failing to stick to the issues,’ as they declare his candidacy dead on a nightly basis.

Karl Rove did exactly this on Friday night. He was on the O’Reilly Factor, which I had on in the background and he cited the recent declaration by Minnesota that Obamacare was no longer affordable in his state. He went on to wail about OH MY DAYS WHY ISN’T TRUMP HAMMERING THIS INSTEAD OF TALKING ABOUT SEX SCANDALS THIS IS WHY HE IS GOING TO LOSE!

Rove must have missed Trump making that exact Obamacare point 24 hours prior, to his 12 million Twitter followers.

He must have missed Trump bringing it up in all of his rallies over the last few days. This is par for the course for the media coverage of Trump. They’ll take a quip about ‘second amendment people’ here, and a tweet about Alicia Machado there, and spin it into the idea that Trump spends 90 minutes talking to the tens of thousands at his rallies about nothing other than these side topics.

And the media wonders why it is so disliked.

But it goes far beyond this. The entirety of the mainstream news media has been against Donald Trump’s candidacy since the start, with the exception of a handful of personalities on Fox News. This is because Trump’s campaign represents a real challenge to the status quo, which the media is a part of.

Republicans in general receive less than favorable coverage from the press, but Trump has been on the receiving end of an intense all out blitz.

Since the conventions alone, the media has overblown ‘scandals’ such as the Khan family fiasco, the ‘second amendment people’ comment, Trump’s ‘dark’ convention speech, ‘Babygate,’ joking about Russia being involved in finding Clinton’s emails and more. Not to mention the Judge Curiel drama, the NYT story in May about Trump’s behavior regarding women, and the release of 3 pages of his 1995 tax release.

All of these episodes have been played up to ‘confirm’ the media’s preconceived notion that Trump is racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic and generally unhinged. These sagas were given wall to wall coverage on cable news networks, replete with panels of 6 and 7 pundits to go over every last syllable Trump uttered, and in what intonation, so as to properly understand the level of bigotry therein.

Despite all of that huffing and puffing, none of it really worked. Trump stayed in the game, and was even thriving, when most GOP candidates would have folded at even one of these many ‘scandals.’

The ante had to be raised, and the media was ready to oblige. At the end of the first presidential debate, Clinton brought up Alicia Machado, former Miss Universe winner, in an attempt to put a face to the ‘Trump is a Sexist’ talking point. It was buttressed by glossy puff pieces in several outlets, and a tour of interviews for Machado across the major networks.

A cursory dig into the idea of Machado as an avatar for Trump’s ‘sexism’ blew the whole thing apart: Trump was nothing but gracious to Machado in what was a difficult time for her, and it was he who saved her job. The allegations that Trump’s ‘abuse’ led to her having an eating disorder was proven false when it was discovered that prior to having even met Trump, she had been quoted talking about dealing with those struggles. And this is all before any mention of her extremely seedy past, which includes drug lords, murder, and judge intimidation.

Yet when Trump, who was 100% in the right, merely defended himself from the allegations strewn at him by the Clinton campaign, the media turned around and portrayed him as some sort of crazy man who stays up all night plotting to eviscerate poor helpless Hispanic women he doesn’t like.

These sniveling, underhanded tactics are why the media is so disliked, and now outright hated by many in the public. The media seems to expect a one way street when it comes to their relations with anyone: they dish out the abuse, and the recipient is expected to stand there and take it, and even be grateful for the attention. That Trump refuses to sit there and take it seemingly vexes the media. Already being used to bullying Republicans, Trump’s resistance been met with blatant hostility dripping with contempt from some quarters of the media.

Yet, they still proclaim objectivity.

This dynamic has escalated in the past few days, after Trump spoke at length about the media and its duplicitous role in this election. He portrayed the media as being part of an establishment, alongside the large corporations, financial institutions and politicians which seeks to rob the US of its sovereignty. The media has gone apoplectic over this speech, immediately inventing dark implications:

Just to make his pedigree clear, Donald Trump is now suggesting that Hillary Clinton “meets in secret with international banks to plot the destruction of U.S. sovereignty, in order to enrich these global financial powers, her special interest friends, and her donors.”

 

What was it the Nazis called the Jews? Oh, yes, “rootless parasites,” that’s it. For Stalin they were rootless cosmopolitans.

 

Just saying.

Despite no mention of Jews in any way, the media has gone into an convulsion, comparing Trump to Hitler and Stalin. Meanwhile, Trump had been referring to this, a release from the recent Wikileaks Dump:

Hillary Clinton Said Her Dream Is A Hemispheric Common Market, With Open Trade And Open Markets. “My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere.”  [05162013 Remarks to Banco Itau.doc, p. 28]

What we have there, is Hillary Clinton, meeting behind closed doors with an international bank, discussing her ‘dream’ of a ‘hemispheric common market,’ which would necessarily be the end of American sovereignty economically, which would ostensibly be to the benefit of said international bank to whom she spoke.

In other words, relaying facts is now Antisemitic. And as stated before, to merely challenge the histrionic media in this manner is to invoke despair in the media themselves. Ironically, this reaction only serves to buttress Trump’s point – in feverishly defending the parties involved, they take the side of the establishment.

In general, when attacked, the knee jerk response of the media has been to wrap itself in the First Amendment, blubbering on about how important a free press has been to the fabric of America, and how necessary it is to prevent a tyrannical government.

That is, of course, unless that government is populated with leftists and Marxists of all stripes, as it has been for decades. In this case blatant corruption can be tolerated because to continue to press (heh) on would mean beating a dead horse or perhaps neglecting a different story about the latest mean thing Trump said, which could generate more clicks.

In short, the press is not doing its job, but is instead focusing on the molehills that are Trump’s manufactured scandals, simply because they could favor their preferred candidate. Google search trends tell a different story. It suggests that Wikileaks dwarfs Trump Sex scandals, yet is the latter which dominates media airwaves.


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This discrepancy, between what the people care about and what the media is covering, should say it all.

Brian Stelter of CNN perhaps best crystallized the reason for growing media antipathy in this reaction he had to the Trump speech from last week:

For a long time, people treated Donald Trump like he was a joke. Right now, it’s a very serious drama. That speech was paranoid and that speech was dangerous. It was a speech driven with hatred. A speech driven with contempt. Railing against bankers, and corporations, and the media, and this grand conspiracy that somehow he has only been able to connect the dots of. It sounded a lot like a dog whistle to a lot of people.

 

If there is violence and unrest after election day, I think we now know why based on the hatred dripping out of that man’s mouth.

Stelter’s words can be taken as representative of most media types. The same media types who have dealt in paranoia as they saw Antisemitic Nazism in Trump’s statement of fact regarding Hillary’s Wall Street speeches. The same media types who never cease to refer to Trump as a bigot, racist and idiotic, defending Clinton’s assertion that his supporters are ‘deplorables,’ mostly uneducated losers. All of this hatred and contempt, for having the temerity to express views in opposition to the status quo.

These are the same media types who have justified violence against Trump and his supporters, and openly talk about purging what Trump represents from America entirely. It seems as though that advice has been taken to heart, as last night a GOP office in North Carolina was firebombed. On the side of a nearby building, the words ‘Nazi Republicans, leave town or else.’

When you spend month after month labeling a man who disagrees with your agenda as Hitler, frames these disagreements as the end of democracy and those who support them as deplorable, such that violence is an acceptable response, we shouldn’t be surprised when we get it. It is Trump supporters whose property is vandalized, and who show Trump support threatened at rallies. Indeed, it is official Democrat policy in some areas to create a ‘psychological environment unfavorable to such displays.’

Yet the media claims it’s Trump with hate and violence ‘dripping’ from his mouth. In short, Stelter, and the media at large are projecting. They have proven themselves to be crybullies, stabbing you in the back before moving to seek damages because they sustained a cut in the process. As such their dramatic protestations of Trump’s ‘chilling’ rhetoric ring hollower and hollower as time goes on.