a reply to: TrueBrit
You've completely missed my point, which I assume is why the country is where we are today.
First, I'll address your assertion that the right-wing media is "some of the most powerful media". Even if that were true, which it is not, it is
indisputable that 90 percent of the Trump coverage over the last year and a half has been completely negative...at first in a mocking manner, then
later in the shrill unprofessional and unhinged outrage that serves as the basis of the point I'm making. Moreover, you seem to be cherry picking your
fox news hosts, because FOX also airs Shepherd Smith and the likes of other never-trumpers, who even today still run wall-to-wall negative
Next, Piro, Hannity and O'Reilly (incidentally, I despise all three and my posting history on the last two during the Bush years will more than prove
it) did not get Trump elected. CNN, HuffPo and the rest of the MSM did that nearly all by themselves.
During the primaries, the MSM reported on Trump as a complete joke...in fact, almost exclusively Trump from nearly the very start of the day he
announced. They did this to the almost complete exclusion of the other 17 republican candidates. If one of them did get MSM attention, it was almost
always in connection with Trump. As long as the focus was on Trump, substance from the other GOP candidates could be starved of oxygen. On the left,
the MSM initially ignored Bernie too.
So confident was the MSM that America would see Trump as a complete clown they abandoned all journalistic professionalism and moved into variety rag
territory, thinking America wouldn't hold them accountable for it. Meanwhile, many Americans were watching, and what they saw was, however imperfect,
a candidate that wasn't scripted and dedicated to the resolution of many issues they really cared about. What is clear to me is that for many
Americans, unscripted lies are far more forgivable than the scripted ones served universally by ever other politician on the left or right.
When the MSM saw Trump take out one GOP candidate after another, their coverage turned from attacking Trump to attacking his supporters. HRC, of
course, helped them do that with her basket of deplorables comment. I don't care what anyone says, but when you start attacking large portions of an
electorate in an effort to get at a political figure, you aren't winning hearts and minds to your view. You're solidifying their resolve and pushing
fence-sitters in their direction.
So the course was set.
The MSM became more shrill, dishonest.....and ultimately ineffective.
Trump wins, because the MSM has abandoned true journalism. They focus on the man as town crier alarmists, seeking to exclusively discredit him, rather
than reporting on the substantive issues that would cut him at the knees. They give him oxygen every time the talk about HIM.
But don't take my word for it. I think the results speak for themselves.
edit on 17-2-2017 by loam because: (no reason given)