The utter failure of the mainstream media as Trump attacks Democracy itself
October 17, 2016 2 Comments
So, Saturday afternoon I’m sitting in McDonalds eating my post-soccer-coaching ice cream cone, and being the attentive, dedicated parent I am, I was checking twitter while my daughter was eating her ice cream. Twitter was basically blowing up with commentary on Trump’s truly egregious attacks against the very foundation of democracy by his ever more zealous assertions that the election is “rigged.”
Meanwhile, the McDonald’s TV is on CNN and they are going on and on about Trump and sexual assault. I check some other headlines on-line and it’s all about Trump’s absurd statement that Hillary should take a drug test. Now, the sexual assault is, of course, a real and important issue, but there’s was nothing new. The simple, sad fact is that it is good ratings to be able to talk about groping and “grabbing pussies.” And when that, fails, drugs! The far more substantial news of the day was Trump so forcefully attacking our fundamental democratic norms. But, hey, things like “peaceful transition of power” is boring when you can talk about sex and drugs.
I will seriously be using this weekend as an example of real media bias in my classes for years. It is so not about ideology or policy, it is about whatever salacious elements of a story may draw the best ratings.
And, for some good commentary on the truly horribleness of Trump, CNN’s Brian Stelter is great:
And a nice piece from Dara Lind explaining how awful this is.
In other news, on the bright side, my Dad now believes that Trump is “evil.” (I didn’t object). But, somehow, my stepmom (who really loves Jesus) is still planning on voting for the guy.