Gulp. Many in the media seem to be getting that horrible, sinking feeling that Donald Trump could actually win this. And they’re not going to let that happen!
I’m not one of those who think the mainstream media get together in some kind of cabal and plot the destruction of Republicans. I’ve been in the mainstream media, and I know they don’t. What I do know is that nearly all of them are moderate or liberal, often talk to each other as if conservatives are bad or crazy, and that their outlook affects their reporting. Usually, they don’t realize it or wouldn’t admit it to themselves. And sometimes liberal bias is done on purpose.
What I see happening now is reporters suddenly coming to the unthinkable conclusion that a Trump presidency could actually happen and, whether by design or not, they’re amping up the negative Trump coverage. Just look at this string of negative stories the other day from the Washington Post.
The New York Times and others were so wound up they reported that Trump had made the “disproven” charge that the 2008 Clinton campaign originated the birther claim.
That’s false. It’s not disproven. You cannot prove a negative. You can’t say for certain that the Clinton campaign didn’t push it, especially since both the Washington Post and Politico have reported that Clinton “supporters” first put the story out there. And a reputable McClatchy editor has claimed that Clinton confidante Sidney Blumenthal told him to look into it. That’s actually prima facie evidence right there that the campaign may have had something to do with brithing birthirism.
News organization after news organization declared that Donald Trump Jr. had “compared” Syrian refugees to Skittles. He didn’t. What he did was, he issued a tweet showing a bowl of Skittles and asking if you would eat it if you knew three were poisonous, in order to illustrate the problem of letting in from dangerous areas refugees, a few of whom might be killers.
That’s called using a metaphor. Metaphors are not comparisons. They are images used to simplify or elucidate a point. But in today’s politically correct world, enforced by the language police, just the suggestion of ridicule or bias, whether present or not, is cause for conviction.
In an article today vilifying Trump Jr. with the headline that his tweet “fits a pattern,” the New York Times asserts:
This month, Donald Trump Jr. invoked the Holocaust when he argued to a Philadelphia radio station that the news media gave Mrs. Clinton a pass on “every indiscrepancy.” If Republicans had done what she had, he said, “they’d be warming up the gas chamber right now.” (He later claimed this was a reference to capital punishment.)
What kind of reporting is this? The Times declares his explanation false, stating flatly that he “invoked the Holocaust.” Trump Jr., whose sister Ivanka converted to Judaism, uses the singular, “gas chamber,” which sounds to me more like an execution. The gas chambers used during the Holocaust are normally referred to in the plural.
Donald Trump Sr. is climbing in the polls. You’d think the media would be celebrating, since he’ll give them copy to write about every day. But it appears their ideology comes before their work.