Accuracy in Media

GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump ripped the media for being so hostile to his campaign, in a recent interview with Fox News media critic Howie Kurtz:

“The media are very negative toward a Republican, toward a conservative Republican, and certainly very negative toward me.

They don’t report my statements properly, they’ll use the first quarter of it…There’s tremendous hostility from the media.

When I was running against 16 Republicans, it was somewhat unfair, but at least you could see it. Now it’s beyond belief. They are protecting Hillary Clinton like you wouldn’t believe. I don’t think it helps, but I think I’m going to end up winning. I’m going to end up winning big league.”

Trump has had a love/hate relationship with the media—loving them when their reports about him are positive and hating them when the coverage is negative, as it has been more so lately.

There is no doubt that the media have a liberal bias and favor the Democratic Party candidates like Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders over Trump. But he has received over $2 billion in earned, or free, media, which should give him a huge advantage over his rivals. He hasn’t always fully capitalized on that amount of free coverage—in part thanks to his blunt talk—which has been off the mark on more than one occasion.

As for his claim that he will win “big league,” that will depend on how much the voters focus on Hillary Clinton’s scandals—which seems to concern some Democrats—and Trump’s ability to convince Republicans that he is a real, not a fake, conservative.

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  • Realist

    “But he has received over $2 billion in earned, or free, media, which should give him a huge advantage over his rivals.”

    That statement is extremely misleading. Yes, Trump has received a huge amount of coverage by Big Media, but what is the nature (and intent) of that “reportage”? I would say that at least 99% of what is reported about Trump is either explicitly negative or, at best, implicitly negative. The fact that the Big Media reporting about Trump has had the opposite effect of what was intended does not in any way excuse those who have engaged in it nor does it imply that Trump has been the recipient of “free” media. If the coordinated attacks against Trump had been successful as with every other previous Republican/conservative, he would have fallen off the political radar screen long ago.

    Its like shooting bullets at somebody and then, when all of those bullets miss their mark, claiming that the cost of those bullets was in fact a financial “donation” to that person because bullets cost money.

    These types of misleading assertions are deceptive in the extreme.