Accuracy in Media

 

The liberal media are doing their best to feed the street fight that the GOP primaries have become, pushing for greater, and fiercer, attacks on Republican front-runner Donald Trump. At the same time the media are doing their best to protect Hillary Clinton in many different ways: by minimizing her legal and ethical troubles, avoiding discussions of her foreign policy record, and deliberately ignoring the close ties between the media and the Clintons. After her resounding primary victory in South Carolina, the relief is palpable that Mrs. Clinton appears well on her way to wrapping up the nomination in the next few weeks, avoiding a protracted battle. We’ll see.

But in the meantime, the mainstream media are clearly trying to help her. For example, Maria Cardona appeared on air 50 times between August 2015 and February 2016. Yet, according to Lee Fang of the left-wing website Intercept, 40 of those appearances “presented her as a neutral Democratic strategist or CNN contributor.”

In reality, Fang writes, “…in none of her appearances was it disclosed that [Cardona’s] firm, the Dewey Square Group, has been retained for consulting work by the Clinton Super PACs or that her colleagues at the firm are working on behalf of the Clinton campaign.” Cardona has many reasons to support the Clintons, yet her loyalty to Hillary is not being regularly disclosed.

Last May, when news broke about ABC’s George Stephanopoulos’ secret contributions to the Clinton Foundation, we called for greater transparency from reporters, to disclose their conflicts of interest—as called for in the Society of Professional Journalists’ code of ethics. Fang lists five pundits who have not properly divulged their connection to Republican or Democratic campaigns. There are many more in the media establishment with conflicts of interest that we could list here.

Rupert Murdoch is attending a $2,700-a-plate fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in the United Kingdom. Does this mean that Fox News is also supporting Clinton? Not necessarily, and he’s certainly not the only network executive or owner to donate to politicians. Yet when the head of the cable news network viewed by most conservatives makes such a donation, it raises concerns.

We have reported again and again on how news organizations, such as The Washington Post, exonerate Clinton’s apparent potentially criminal behavior in an attempt to smooth her way to the White House. Media bigwigs have orchestrated love-ins for their favored candidate, and have largely restricted themselves to softball questions that ignore the real issues.

And it is the media that have helped promote the Trump phenomenon. He has shown that he can garner unlimited free media, so why pay for ads, and why build the ground game? Trump can just use the media—and they will use him right back.

Now that the media have helped establish Trump as the runaway frontrunner, these reporters and news organizations are starting to have buyer’s remorse, comparing him to Hitler, Kim Jung Il, and Stalin.

Harvard professor Danielle Allen penned a column for The Washington Post entitled, “The moment of truth: We must stop Trump.” “I believe that Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination, and I intend to vote for her, but it is also the case that she is a candidate with significant weaknesses, as your party knows quite well,” writes Allen. “The result of a head-to-head contest between Clinton and Trump would be unpredictable. Trump has to be blocked in your primary.”

Allen wrote, “I have spent my life perplexed about exactly how Hitler could have come to power in Germany. Watching Donald Trump’s rise, I now understand.”

When Michael Smerconish, who has a Saturday morning show on CNN, asked her to defend her Hitler reference, she replied, “I wasn’t actually making a straight comparison between the two individuals, just a comparison about the political situation and the political realities…” No doubt.

As a Clinton supporter herself, is Allen offering this advice altruistically? Certainly not. By attempting to stoke an “anyone-but-Trump” backlash, Allen joins the rest of the media in a full-out attempt to practically guarantee, as they see it, Hillary Clinton’s electoral chances.

The Washington Post has made its own position clear, with a February 24 editorial, “GOP leaders, you must do everything in your power to stop Trump.” “If Mr. Trump is to be stopped, now is the time for leaders of conscience to say they will not and cannot support him and to do what they can to stop him,” writes the Post’s editorial board, mirroring Allen’s exhortations.

These opinion pieces are not actually intended as friendly advice designed to shore up the Republican Party’s chances in the general election. Rather, they are calculated to sow dissension and ensure that the Republican Party is so badly damaged during the primary and caucus process that they will have little chance against Mrs. Clinton in November. If they thought Trump would be easy to beat, they would be delighted to see him get the nomination.

It should not be surprising, then, that the mainstream media have been salivating over the spectacle of last Thursday night’s no-holds-barred attack on Trump by Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL). And Trump gave as good as he got, punching back hard at his opponents.

“Neither Rubio nor Cruz has relished going after Trump in the past, perhaps fearing the blowtorch counterattacks that were leveled at others who are now on the political sidelines,” writes Dan Balz for The Washington Post. “But by Thursday night, they had no choice. Amid a rising Republican chorus urging them to go after the front-runner, the two answered the calls.”

Meanwhile, the Democrats are stacking the deck for Clinton by allocating superdelegates in her favor.

Fifteen percent of the Democratic Party delegates, or 712 votes, are set aside for current and former leaders in the Democratic Party, according to the Post. “These so-called superdelegates are not required to support a particular candidate,” it reports. “They may ignore voters’ preferences if they wish.” Such a policy allows the leadership of the Democratic Party to help select the candidate that they feel would perform better in the general election. Those 712 superdelegates represent about one-third of the total number of delegates needed to win the nomination.

In contrast, the Republican Party selects its nominee based on primary and caucus voting results.

Allen’s column pushed for the Republicans to rally around Senator Rubio in a last-ditch effort to rid the party of Trump. Similarly, The New York Times is pushing a long-shot theory where Rubio loses in all Super Tuesday primaries, yet has enough delegates to challenge Trump in a contested convention.

The media are out to destroy the Republican Party’s chances of winning in November. They realize that a new attorney general, under any of the three leading Republican contenders, may very well have the appetite to look into, for example, the corruption and politicization of the IRS under the Obama administration, and take another look at Mrs. Clinton’s mishandling of classified information.

The media were thrilled to promote Donald Trump for president when he meant good ratings and lively discussions. But now that he is the clear frontrunner to get the nomination, panic has set in that against a scandal-plagued candidate like Mrs. Clinton, with more baggage than a train station and the cloud of an FBI investigation hanging over her head, Trump could actually win.

But there are a lot more twists and turns likely to come in this unparalleled presidential election cycle. What happens if the Justice Department indicts Hillary for mishandling classified materials? What happens if they don’t? What happens if the Democratic race is close, and super-delegates start shifting to Bernie? Would that be the cue for former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg to enter the race? And on the Republican side, what happens if Cruz or Rubio start to gain momentum, and everyone drops out except for Trump and either Cruz or Rubio? How would Trump do one on one with either of them? Stay tuned.



Comments

  • Jerry

    This was always going to happen, Media for Hillary and Trumps the bad guy. I do not believe it. I Think Trump can make America Great again. He has everybody piling on him even his own side. And he takes it and he dishes it right back out. So he does not know David Duke, I did not know who he was either. You have no control over who endorses you

  • Ron Berti

    If we face a Trump/Clinton choice, we are already doomed. Neither candidate has the capacity to be a quality president, much less one with the desire and intent to clean the stables after 8 years of Obamunism. We are entering a suicidal pact politically at the worst possible time, America’s economy is fragile, our spending continues out of control, our enemies are gaining strength and cooperating among each other. Our path is clear: repudiate Obama’s entire program and LIMIT GOVERNMENT per the constitution. Neither Trump nor Clinton will do what’s required and the decline will continue if not accelerate. I don’t understand how people cannot somehow see that.

  • Nancianne

    Hillary is the worst. She is a Liar since she stepped on the scene, Is dishonest, is corrupt and shielded a women abusing Sort Of Husband. She is a total waste and very Bad for the country !!! Even Donald is more trustworthy than Her !!!!

  • newsel

    Trump is for a better, stronger US, Clinton is for Clinton..Full Stop.

  • Ron Berti

    I guess that’s where we disagree. I agree that Clinton is for Clinton. But what evidence do you have that Trump is NOT for Trump? He is an egomaniacal, infantile, small minded man with no connection to principles other than the Greater Glory of Trump. He will be a disaster if he’s elected, which I suspect he will not because he will make Hillary look like an adult (an extraordinarily difficult thing to do, but Trump will get it done). IMHO, of course.

  • Steven Barrett

    Lots of people campaigning hard for Bernie Sanders know where Mrs. Clinton’s getting a lot of free publicity from; not that she needs help in creating any to begin with. Watch how fast Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s (D-HI) resignation on principle against the way Boss (and fellow Congressional colleague Debbie Wasserman Schultz) the DNC’s present Chairwoman and Clinton über supporter has slavishly worked to turn the DNC into nothing more than a modern Tammany Hall for Mrs. Clinton. One thing can be said for DWS, at least she’s not playing coy about her flagrant abuse of the extra, but extremely important party post she holds and is supposed to use on behalf of the entire party, not just those seeking to put the Clintons back in the White House. Good for you Congresswoman Gabbard. And good luck getting the necessary amount of air time and inches in print to state your valid case.
    Jim Carville’s famous quip “It’s the economy, stupid” needs an update.
    Let’s update it to “It’s the Clinton family and Foundation clout, dummies!”

  • reggie

    I’ve never heard of a “Vince Foster” et al., in Trump’s closet. I’ve never read that Soros wants him for president so he can have an open door for policy (Zero Hedge), Trump has gone bankrupt, but I never heard him whining that he was broke, or helped himself to furniture that didn’t belong to him (Clinton WH). Was he ever fired for lying and unethical behavior (Watergate investigation). If the greater glory of Trump makes for a greater US, I don’t care how much of an egomaniac he is. If she is elected and the country implodes because of more and more illegals, more money funneled into the Clinton mafia from foreign con tries, her response will be ‘what does it matter now’.

  • Ron Berti

    Hi Reggie
    What you’ve presented here is a long list of “why not to vote for Hillary”. I get that, agree 100%.
    But Hillary hasn’t said she wants to “open up” liability laws founded on the First Amendment; Trump agrees with HRC that “we don’t need to do anything about entitlement spending” and “let’s not rebuild our military”. The proposal to deport 11M people can’t work and we’ll spend billions trying, only to allow “the good ones” back in – how is that different from amnesty?
    Hillary hasn’t said nice things about Vlad Putin or been indecisive about whether to let Vlad take out ISIS or whether we should bomb the shit out of them. Hillary hasn’t vowed to “make Mexico pay for the wall”. Hillary hasn’t threatened to sue people who don’t agree with her; she hasn’t vowed to replace Obamacare but appears ignorant of any techniques for actually doing so other than “removing the lines around the states”, and that after 7 months, a candidate ought to be expected to have mastered. This IS a job interview, right?
    Trump has no interest in shrinking the government, his only beef is that he’s not in charge of Leviathan. That’s cold comfort to me.
    At the end of the day, a Clinton/Trump race pits an “out” Democrat against a “closeted” Democrat, and the difference between the two is effectively zero. IMHO.

  • marlene

    TRUMP, of the people, by the people, and for the people! It’s OUR turn to elect OUR President.

  • jadegreen_eyz

    That Trump received the endorsement of the honorable Senator Jeff Sessions speaks volumes. I don’t believe when I say that this IS the most important election for the sovereignty of our nation and the restoration of our Republic is being overly dramatic. Trump must and will prevail to rid us of the onerous TPP trade deal brokered by our corrupt administration and Congress and UN control of our energy needs (alleged “climate change”), 2nd amendment and immigration issues.

    That China and Mexico (the wall) are now whining over the prospect of a President Trump tells me he has scored a bulls-eye with respect to the unfair trade balances we have with those countries.

    Hillary is getting a pass from our LSM? Say it isn’t so…. hilarious if it wasn’t so sad.

  • marlene

    Only the ignorant are “doomed” – to repeat the mistake of the obama voters. TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT 2016

  • marlene

    So now you’re a psychologist when you should be a better informed voter. It’s pathetic how so many of you refuse to research the candidates. Stupid false insults do not replace knowledge – get some! TRUMP

  • marlene

    TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT, of the people, by the people, and for the people!

  • jadegreen_eyz

    Schultzy must be expecting a position in Hillary’s administration. She would be in for a rude awakening if, God forbid, that comes to pass. Hillary serves only one master – herself. Who she climbs over in her ascent is irrelevant and predictable.

  • Ron Berti

    There is NO difference between Trump and Clinton, it’s Frick and Frack.   Those of you seduced by Trump are pathetic you will experience buyer’s remorse within 6 months but be stuck with him for 4 years in the unlikely event HRC doesn’t beat him by 6 points.
    Sent from BlueMail

  • marlene

    What you can’t prove is a lie. Shame on your ignorance After all the experience we’ve had with obama, some of you never learn. “Evil for good and good for evil” The difference between them is a chasm TOO HIGH for small minds to cross. Get a ladder – you’re still standing in it.

  • N.P. Lee

    What a stupid Harvard professor: observing Trump rising in campaign made him to realize how Hitler came to power. Is he in a sane talk, I wonder.

  • N. P. Lee

    Expression of your pessimisim doesn’t help your coleague voters
    to discern for selecting which candidate, I doubt.

  • Steven Barrett

    How far are you willing to stick your neck out for a guy who can’t see the radioactiveness of the Klan and trash it and David Duke as a matter of reflex? This is something normal thinking people, regardless of their professions or standings, even ideological views, do within a nano second. It’s not as if David Duke hasn’t made himself known to the nation over the years, not to mention give the Klan a “positive spin” every time he could. Somethings just never wash out, Klan, Nazi and Dzerzhinsky-like Stalinist deployment of Bolshevism never will.

  • marlene

    Your comment makes no sense and has no basis in fact. Additionally, it is irrelevant. hillary knows about them- vote for her. Your comments sounds just like something she would say.

  • Ron Berti

    You understand my point precisely. There is no reason to prefer one form of suicide over another.

  • Steven Barrett

    Marlene, that you’d be willing to go to the mat against me in such a strident fashion in the wake of all the news surfacing about him and his moral/civic and intellectual confusion concerning the Klan … what can I say? Wake up. Trump’s giving the Klan, one of the worst political groups and movements in American history a blind eye. Anybody who demonstrates the slightest amount of time dithering about what to do with support from the Klan, Nazis, Communists or even ISIS … has no place in American politics. Those organizations are intrinsically evil and anti-American to their bitter core(s). Do yourself a big favor and back away from a guy like Trump who seems willing to trash the very party he’s seeking to win its nomination to become our next president. He’ll do anything, say anything and lock arms with anybody to achieve his ends, and if achieving his ends means promising to make us “great again” in much the same way the Nazis used to march under banners with “Deutschland Erwache” (Germany awaken), he’ll do so. And guess who’s sons and daughters will be sacrificed to achieve his ends? It won’t be his. Yes, we should re-awaken, but re-awaken to the evils guys like Trump are pushing behind their deliberately contrived smoke screens of cheap-shots and other distractions. While most people seem so perplexed as to how this guy keeps on going after all the antics that normally would’ve sent another person’s dreams into oblivion … he’s giving the media a scorched earth Don Rickles show to cover what he might really have up his sleeves. And if we don’t call him out on it now, especially during the next week or so, there’s only one last opportunity left in November to save our Republic. The more you’re willing to learn about this man, the more likely I’m sure you’ll be praying he isn’t nominated and most likely be ready to vote for Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton in November.

  • marlene

    Get lost. I didn’t read your comment and have no intention of reading any more of them. You profess an entirely wasteful endeavor and your opinions are baseless. TRUMP 2016.

  • Ron

    The media is best defined as enemies of America. Cloak and dagger thugs.

  • sickofgovwaste

    Apparently, about 1/2 of the country is wise to how the Media (supposed to be the “cop on the beat”) is in the tank for the Left, while Fox News is almost completely in the tank for the Establishment Right (more MIC/intervention & obvious scare tactics so we have to grab more of your liberty from both sides). Trump has many, many flaws but at least it’s fun to watch the MSM’s unbalanced attacks make him STRONGER and the #PoliticalClass choke on his success. PEOPLE ARE FED UP W/THE B.S.!

    A fair and balanced press would have landed HRC in the Big House long ago… F- the NYTimes–lining one’s bird cage with their garbage should be considered cruelty to animals.

  • hap46

    Time for Trump to be more of a statesman voiding the personal attacks towards the other GOP candidates. Use that anger to lash out at Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton who do not deserve one ounce of respect. They promise the American Dream at the expense of the working middle-class (yes, that includes hard working, middle-class minorities) who have to foot the bill to the tune of $19 trillion national debt. Bill Clinton, with the prodding of Hillary, gave us the foreign trade policy that resulted in millions of American jobs gone or moved to another country.

  • satelliter

    A clue for me that Trump is on the right track to fix the country is: Those who are so adamantly against Trump are the same one who were so adamantly FOR Obama, whose agenda was the “fundamental transformation of our country”, which meant gradually removing all aspects of our American culture and replacing them with the muslim culture. Now people are beginning to realize that is Clinton is elected, Obama’s transformation will be completed.

  • “Now that the media have helped establish Trump as the runaway frontrunner, these reporters and news organizations are starting to have buyer’s remorse, comparing him to Hitler, Kim Jung Il, and Stalin.”

    A brief survey of AIM columns on Donald Trump reveals a similar pattern: A tepid response in July, and harsher criticism more recently.

    Better late than never!

  • Why do you suppose Trump may be the biggest POTUS candidate liar in Politifact history?