Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Media is Also Running Against Hillary Clinton

She not only has to beat Trump and the RNC but also the Beltway. Then there's HA Goodman. The Berners.

But the Beltway always has its finger on the scale:

Mr. Trump is also distrusted by a large number of voters — 62 percent — but that number has stayed constant despite increased scrutiny on his business record and falsehoods in his public statements and Twitter messages.

But Mrs. Clinton’s shifting and inaccurate explanations of her email practices at the State Department appear to have resonated more deeply with the electorate.

Still, the question begs. Could this 'resonance' be anything to do with the media's incessant focus on Emailgate to the exclusion of any other subject. Even last Friday after the Dallas shootings in the two tv interviews Hillary did, with both Wolf Blitzer and Lester Thurow Holt, half the interview was devoted to Emailgate.

Cable news literally refers to Emailgate in every news hour. Everyone for the Clinton campaign gets asked about it.

Yes, the media has reported on Trump U or not releasing his tax returns. But do they give obsessive every hour on the hour coverage of it?

Even the NYTimes story here simply tells readers 'She has given shifting and inaccurate explanations of her email practices' as if it's a fact. You don't' see this with Trump U or many other Trump scandals. Then it's' 'Democrats say this or the Clinton team says that.'

Now you can argue how much influence cable news has on voters. I'd argue that among those undecideds or those who don't follow it all as closely as political animals like me it probably has some impact just through the constant repetition.

With Trump, often on CNN or MSNBC the anchor will mention a Trump story. But then right away say 'But will it matter?'

No one ever asks whether Emailgate matters, It's just presumed it will.

Don't get me wrong. I still expect Hillary to win this election.

 But she will have to do it with the media running against her as much as Trump, the RNC, and HA Goodman Nation.

Regarding Hillary's' chances, Greg Sargent:

"If, after conventions, Clinton *continues* falling, and Trump *does* rise, maybe *then* you panic."


  1. The media only reports on unusual things. So it's news if it looks like there might be evidence Hillary lied. It's also news if it looks like there's evidence that Trump told the truth. Sad.

  2. The media has been reporting on the emails for a year and a half.

    Somehow they have managed to convince people that the most dishonest candidate is more honest than the most honest candidate