Sunday, April 05, 2020
by Common Dreams
“The media doesn’t need to choose sides in the story. It need only courageously do its job in reporting the facts of Trump’s critical role in allowing the pandemic to spread.”
by Robert Freeman
In the 2016 election the media gave more than $2 billion of free publicity to Donald Trump. It was voyeurism of his biting-off-the-heads-of-chickens campaign style. The nation had never seen anything like it, and it was, regrettably, newsworthy.
But without that gift, Trump would not have won the election. Remember, he lost the popular vote by almost three million votes and won the electoral college by a mere 79,000 votes in three states. Without that gift of massive free coverage from the media he would not have even come close.
The media is hazarding an equally ominous gift to Trump in this election cycle by letting him control the narrative on the coronavirus debacle. His daily press conferences are not to inform the public, but to propagandize, to dominate the national discussion and to ensure that only stories praising him are allowed in the public discourse.
If this continues, the media will hand the 2020 election to Trump, just as surely as it did in 2016.