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The study found that the advertising equivalent value of the media coverage Trump received from the outlets they reviewed came to about $55 million.
“The answer is that journalists were behaving in their normal way. Although journalists play a political brokering role in presidential primaries, their decisions are driven by news values rather than political values.
Trump exploited their lust for riveting stories. He didn’t have any other option. He had no constituency base and no claim to presidential credentials.
originally posted by: LesMisanthrope
a reply to: kazanoom
That's the beautiful irony of it, and frankly, the genius of Trump. While the political class and its acolytes reduces itself to sanctimonious virtue-signalling, finger pointing, and feigned outrage, their very bigotry has pushed their mortal enemy into the forefront, while the media capitalizes on it. If the media and its acolytes didn't make a big deal out of Trump, he would have been gone a long time ago.
originally posted by: kazanoom
Hell the evil left wing media could flood the airwaves with synchronized farting with Kim Kardashian rapping about how she's the second coming and people would swallow it like a two for one McCrap burger.
It didn't need the media to make a big deal out of Trump, he steps into cow pats instead of negotiating them, that's the real irony. The media are just doing their job, though I have to say there weren't too many negatives about him from that quarter in the early days of this election...after all, he is a Republican...or so he says!
Genius eh! is that word still in the dictionary?
No one in our political environment actually appears capable of solving even half of our problems though. A major issue there is that ultimately, each of us as individuals has responsibility and even a duty to contribute towards solving problems within our own sectors. That alone is a significant problem: most people aren't dedicated enough to attain or possess the mental clarity or critical thinking skills or invest the time required to first identify problems rationally and then concede their own responsibilities and duties towards their resolution. Issues like education and communication are massive barriers and it takes a very long time and hard work on personal development to breach the threshold into a degree of self awareness required to even begin to fathom the depths of "responsibility" or "duty" in relation to a proposed 'intelligent politic'...