Radio talk-show host Chris Plante joined me on the #MediaMadness podcast to discuss the media’s biased coverage of the 2016 election. Plante, who hosts a show weekdays on WMAL (wmal.com) from 9 a.m. to noon, received Accuracy in Media’s Reed Irvine Excellence in Journalism award in 2015.
We discussed the conspicuous absence of the words “wiki,” “Kadzik” and “Podesta” on the CNN.com homepage, and the presence of anti-Trump “top stories,” including, “Black church set fire in election vandalism,” “Trump campaign denounces KKK’s support,” and “Obama to black voters: Trump would undo my legacy.” Word searches on CNN.com around 2:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon revealed zero hits for those three terms and one hit for the term “email.”
According to Plante, “… the most insidious power that the news media has is the power to ignore. And when they ignore…big stories that are detrimental to the Democrat while amplifying and magnifying stories that are detrimental to the Republican, what you have there is corruption.”
Plante also commented on the media’s coverage of the FBI’s new email investigation:
“… we’ve got a whole panoply of charges that Hillary Clinton could potentially be facing, and the news media has instead decided that this is a story about the FBI inappropriately intervening this close to an election.”
According to Plante, after a year without any similar offers, his radio station suddenly began receiving calls about scheduling Democrat guests from Virginia like Governor Terry McAuliffe. “This indicates that they are desperate, that they’re looking at their internal polling, that they are afraid that the turnout is not going to be what they want it to be.”
Plante predicts that “… the news media has to go hog wild between now and Election Day savaging Donald Trump and propping up and defending Hillary Clinton…And every little thing they can find on Donald Trump will be magnified into a nuclear war scenario…”
You can listen to the complete interview here: