Accuracy in Media

In one of the most bewildering moments of the presidential primary race, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump showed both hate and love for the media during a rally on Wednesday in Indiana:

So they criticize me for being too tough the first day. The second day they said, ‘Donald Trump’s not as tough as we thought,’ can you believe it?

You can’t win with these people. Look at all those cameras zooming. They are the most dishonest people in the world. The media. They are the worst. They are the worst. They are very dishonest people. They are terrible.

Honestly, and I don’t mean all, but I mean like 75, 80 percent. And they know it, they know.

These are not stupid people, but they’re very dishonest people, in many cases.

Trump then asked the crowd if we like the media, which brought a resounding “no.”

He then asked if we hate the media, and the crowd shouted “yes,” as Trump gestured with his hands in an upward motion:

Okay, no, I don’t hate anybody. I love the media. They’re wonderful.

I guess we wouldn’t be here, maybe, if it wasn’t for the media, so maybe we shouldn’t be complaining.

Trump has had a love/hate relationship with the media since he began his campaign, with a lot of his vitriol being directed at Megyn Kelly and Fox News after she asked some unexpectedly—for him—tough questions at the first GOP debate in August and continued until recently when the two had a face-to-face meeting.

Yet, at the same time, the media have fallen all over themselves to cover Trump and his quest for the GOP nomination, giving him hundreds of millions of dollars in earned media—defined by The New York Times as “news and commentary about his campaign on television, in newspapers and magazines, and on social media”—ensuring that his campaign remains front and center, and causing it to last longer than just about everyone thought it would.



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  • Jim

    Donald Trump is a real threat to the liberal agenda and much of the mainstream media will do anything they can help their liberal politician friends stop him. They will watch his every move and listen to every word he mutters in an effort to find something, anything, to use against him. If that doesn’t work they will eventually begin attacking those who support him. They used this approach to discredit members of the Tea Party movement and, if necessary, they will do it again to discredit Trump supporters. We have already seen a bit of this and we will see a lot more before the primaries are done.

    It is going to get mighty ugly as this Presidential race continues and if, by chance, Trump wins the Republican nomination, we are going to see the media and both parties doing their best to make sure he doesn’t win the general election, even if it means that we get stuck with Clinton. After all, the politicians in Washington would prefer dealing with Clinton, rather than watch their dynasty tumble at the hands of businessman like Trump who will expect results and can’t be bought.

  • Anita Bonita

    People who work at The Seattle Times, NYT, BuzzFeed, Salon, Slate, HuffPost, Rolling Stone, San Fran Chronicle, etc. are worse than murderers and child rapists. American reporters are the scum of society.

    Left or Right, we can all agree that the media is the most destructive element of our society.

    They supported the Iraq war for profit. They hate Trump, so they bash him with bias 24/7 – and that only helps him. You name it, the media is to blame for it. There needs to be a way to remove these corrupt reporters. At this point I’d prefer state-owned propaganda to corporate-owned liberal advocacy journalism.