The winning formula for any work of fiction is always the drama between Good versus Evil. We root for the protagonist because the antagonist always cheats and we innately hate unfairness and injustice.
The mainstream media is quickly becoming the bad guy in the presidential election drama. It tries everything it can to cast Donald Trump as the villain but is only succeeding in proving what most observers already know: the mainstream media is so biased it can no longer be trusted.
I am beginning to think Trump is gaining popularity because the media coverage is so unfair towards him that it’s driving us to root for him.
You have to look no further than the coverage of Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” comment. I seem to recall Mitt Romney being skewered for insulting President Obama’s voter bloc with his “47 percent” comment. The media portrayed him as an elitist. Clinton’s disdainful view of Trump supporters is akin to Marie Antoinette’s hatred for her subjects but the media does not see it that way.
In a The New York Times opinion piece, Charles Blow wrote “What Clinton said was impolitic, but it was not incorrect…” He goes on to write “Donald Trump is a deplorable candidate — to put it charitably — and anyone who helps him advance his racial, religious and ethnic bigotry is part of that bigotry. Period. Anyone who elevates a sexist is part of that sexism. The same goes for xenophobia. You can’t conveniently separate yourself from the detestable part of him because you sense in him the promise of cultural or economic advantage.”
Would his premise also apply to Clinton?
And then we have Dana Milbank in The Washington Post: who wrote “Hillary Clinton may have been unwise to say half of Donald Trump’s supporters are racists and other ‘deplorables.’ But she wasn’t wrong.”
It seems those in the media have a low opinion of certain voters. And that angers me. As a voter on the fence about what to do with my vote come November, this type of unfairness pushes my vote closer to Trump. In fact, it makes me sympathetic towards Trump and that make me pay closer attention to his policies and ideology,
He is not an ideologue. He’s an opportunist but that is a trait of most people in business. I like the fact he is not an ideologue. In fact, I’m beginning to think he would not be as bad as the media says if he wins the election.
Do you want more media bias? I’m glad you asked. Megyn Kelly interviewed Ivanka Trump recently and asked her how her father’s comments about women made her feel. I do not have an issue with the question because it is fair game. I have an issue with Kelly not asking Chelsea Clinton how her father’s actions against women makes her feel. In all the interviews I have ever seen with Chelsea, she gets softball questions.
Prachi Gupta, senior writer at Cosmopolitan, hammered away at Ivanka in an interview about Trump’s child care proposal. Rather than focus on the actual policy, Gupta continually questioned Ivanka on why the policy didn’t provide the same benefits for two gay men who have a child. Yet, earlier this year when interviewing Chelsea, Gupta’s “hard hitting” questions feature “Has there been any family time on the campaign?”
Despite all its efforts to convince us to not vote for Trump, the biggest irony is the media’s unfair coverage is convincing many of us fence sitters to vote for Trump. And, if that is the case, then it gives me that sense of retribution we all get when Good finally wins over Evil.