Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Why The Mainstream Media Can’t Hold Trump Accountable

The mainstream media have lost credibility. Under Obama, they were compliant. Under Trump, they're hysterical. So who will hold Trump accountable now?
Since Donald Trump’s election, the mainstream media have been by turns hysterical and condescending. Whether it’s Trump’s rebuke of the cast of “Hamilton or his phone call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, the press seems to think we’re already on the verge of a constitutional crisis at the hands of a dangerous yet idiotic president-elect.
Same goes for the media’s coverage of Trump supporters. Last week, a clip of CNN’s Alisyn Camerota speaking with Trump supporters made the rounds, in part because the supporters insisted that millions of illegal immigrants voted, and in part because Camerota reacted to them with the utmost disdain.
As Mollie Hemingway noted here last week, the mainstream media’s kneejerk response was to hold the exchange up as an example of how “fake news” stories duped gullible Trump voters. Instead of trying to understand why some Trump voters might be concerned about Obama’s seeming nonchalance about voter fraud, Camerota Googled a news story that confirmed her bias: “Fox Deceptively Edits Obama Interview to Falsely Claim He Told Illegal Immigrants to Vote.” See? Stupid Trump voters.
The incident underscores a troubling lack of curiosity in the press that Trump’s election has done nothing to mitigate. Right now, the media should be asking themselves: Why did Trump win white college graduates? Why did he outperform Mitt Romney among blacks and Hispanics? Why did lifelong Democrats in the Rust Belt vote for him?
Read the rest of this op-ed from The Federalist HERE.

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