Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Yes, The Media Are Awful. No, They're Not The Reason Trump's Losing

Donald Trump has spent this week claiming that the election is “rigged” against him. On Saturday, Trump told a massive crowd in New Hampshire, “Looks to me like a rigged election. The election is being rigged by the liberal media to push outright lies to rig the election.” This follows hard on Trump’s Wednesday rally at which he accused a secret cabal of media figures and international bankers of rigging the election against him. Newt Gingrich appeared on This Week on ABC News where he said that this was a “coup d’etat. Fourteen million citizens and private ballots picked Donald Trump, 20 TV executives have decided to destroy him…I think that without the unending one-sided assault of the news media, Trump would be beating Hillary by 15 points.” Vice presidential candidate Mike Pence, in an attempt to split the baby, said that Trump would accept the election results, but that the media had indeed “rigged” the election.
Now, it’s certainly true that the media hate Trump and want Hillary Clinton to win. Trump’s been slammed with blanket coverage on claims similar to those that have been largely ignored about Bill Clinton, and have been completely shut down about Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton’s Wikileaks revelations have hit Fox News, but not many other outlets. The media have indeed been egregiously awful this election cycle.
But to claim that Trump faces some exponentially greater obstacle than any other Republican running for president is asinine. Mitt Romney, who unlike Donald Trump is actually a man of decency, was destroyed by the same media; John McCain took it on the chin from the media, too. The media hate Trump more than they hate Romney and McCain, but they also have far more material with which to work. ...
Read the rest from Ben Shapiro HERE.

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