I see Joe Concha at The Hill has a Hot Take on Donald Trump. Apparently there’s more to this unconventional candidate than you thought. It’s a shame you don’t pay closer attention to him, the way Joe does. But then you’re probably not a big media expert.
From a Trump rally in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Thursday:
“They [the media] are political special interest no different than any lobbyist or other financial entity with a total political agenda — and the agenda is not for you, it’s for themselves. Their agenda is to elect crooked Hillary Clinton at any cost, at any price, no matter how many lives they destroy. For them, it’s a war, and for them, nothing at all is out of bounds. This is a struggle for the survival of our nation. Believe me.”
Trump has a point there [literally: “Trump has a point with media criticism.”]. He does? Yes, he does, because apparently Concha isn’t typically bothered when a presidential candidate forces his hand up a random woman’s skirt and grabs her pussy. That sort of thing isn’t particularly relevant, or interesting. It’s nothing, or not much, more than when Clinton aides e-mail back and forth over evangelicals and Catholicism. Joe agrees with the GOP candidate and believes the real problem here is the media. And before you go ‘Huh?’, he’s got the data to back it up:
In viewing recordings by The Hill of each major network’s evening newscasts, which are watched by an average total of 22 million to 24 million people nightly, the newest batch of WikiLeaks revelations was covered for a combined 57 seconds out of 66 minutes of total air time on ABC, NBC and CBS.
Those leaked emails include derogatory comments about Catholics by senior Clinton campaign officials and more disturbing examples of collusion between the media and her campaign It’s newsworthy stuff) —
On the other hand, allegations from four women of unwanted sexual advances by Trump were covered a combined 23 minutes.
Add it all up, and one presidential candidate’s negative news of the day was somehow covered more than 23 times more than another candidate’s negative news of the day.
Can you believe it? Trump, it turns out, is actually right. There are two juicy presidential candidate scandals competing for the nation’s attention here, but for some reason only one of them is getting any play. Trump’s little imbroglio is “somehow” receiving 23 times the coverage of the other. Obviously, this is the REAL scandal. Goodness, cancel CNN’s kangaroo court, and strike the MSNBC gallows. Also reserve a spot in the newsman Hall of Fame for Joe, everybody, or at least some space in the Murrow crypt.
Well, I don’t happen to agree. Call me partisan, or jaded, or just dumb – take your pick – but I have to say I was thoroughly disappointed with Joe, and his big media expose’. First, there’s this:
“Their agenda is to elect crooked Hillary Clinton at any cost, at any price, no matter how many lives they destroy. For them, it’s a war, and for them, nothing at all is out of bounds. This is a struggle for the survival of our nation. Believe me.”
One presidential candidate just accused CBS and the like of participating in a conspiracy so dangerous it has destroyed lives, and will destroy the country completely. Donald Trump declared categorically that unless he’s the next president, the United States of America will cease to exist. You want a big scoop? A helluva story? There it is. Joe might want to do a little investigative journalism and see if that’s at all true. If it isn’t, Joe might follow up with a better-founded story focusing on how one of the candidates is a paranoid lunatic, or profoundly mentally ill.
Second, one of the candidates has been accused of serious wrongdoing [Trump]. One of them may be guilty of criminal sexual conduct in at least 10 cases, going back 30 years. One of them, realistically, probably assaulted a number of women in horrendous fashion. The other candidate may have had campaign staffers who e-mailed about how fundamentalists feel about other religions. Hillary Clinton likely hired people who offered their opinions about which sects evangelicals might favor. But let’s be forthright and fair to Journo Joe – these are both, absolutely, in fact, stories. They are also both, perhaps, newsworthy. The matter of whether one is obviously more newsworthy than the other is…not newsworthy? Silly me, I believe it is.
Third, from Joe:
Reaction to Trump’s critique of the media by many left-leaning media members and advocates was about what one would expect, referring to it as dangerous and dark and totalitarian and conspiratorial and just about every other word from the 2016 Hyperbole Style Guide. Those conclusions, of course, are just air without any real foundation in terms of numbers or data to support it.
Speaking of data, try this on for size…
And then Joe takes in the news, with one eye on his wristwatch, and exposes the mainstream media’s partisan ways. He shines a light on “dangerous and dark and totalitarian and conspiratorial” TV newshack hyperbole. Then he proclaims…I Am a Journalist. Concha has just exposed his fellow media members, and shown us that the nasty things being said about Donald Trump are “…just air without any real foundation in terms of numbers or data to support it.”
You don’t say, Joe. Ah but you did. Here, just this morning, were Matt Viser and Tracy Jan in the Boston Globe:
Trump’s campaign has taken a sharp turn toward such dark warnings in recent days. He says he is a victim of conspiracies, portrays himself as a martyr to the cause of the right wing, and is stoking anger in advance of what may be a defeat on Nov. 8.
My balls, right Joe? That’s just something these two hacks pulled out of their “2016 Hyperbole Style Guide.”
…some are even openly talking about violent rebellion and assassination, as fantastical and unhinged as that may seem.
“If she’s in office, I hope we can start a coup. She should be in prison or shot. That’s how I feel about it,” Dan Bowman, a 50-year-old contractor, said of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee. “We’re going to have a revolution and take them out of office if that’s what it takes. There’s going to be a lot of bloodshed. But that’s what it’s going to take. . . . I would do whatever I can for my country.”
He then placed a Trump mask on his face and posed for pictures.
J-man? Well, but that’s just one person. Right. That’s not like a whole bunch of ‘data’. That’s nothing like our hero sitting on his couch and watching ABC News, peeking at the stopwatch on his iPhone.
“This is my prediction: Trump is going to win the popular vote by a landslide, and the Electoral College will elect Hillary, because of all the corruption,” he said. “Maybe it’ll all work and restore my faith in humanity. But I doubt it”…
“We’re going to have a lot of election fraud,” said Jeannine Bell Smith, 65-year-old longtime teacher in a red Trump shirt with a bucket of popcorn under her arm. “They are having illegals vote. In some states, you don’t need voter registration to vote.”
After a prayer is said and the national anthem sung, she leans in.
“We can’t have that lying bitch in the White House,” she said.
Oh boy, okay. That’s more than one person, that’s a couple. But that’s not as bad as the media! Those people are dangerous! They keep bringing up Donald’s faults as if he were a bad person!
“Trump said to watch your precincts. I’m going to go, for sure,” said Steve Webb, a 61-year-old carpenter from Fairfield, Ohio.
“I’ll look for . . . well, it’s called racial profiling. Mexicans. Syrians. People who can’t speak American,” he said. “I’m going to go right up behind them. I’ll do everything legally. I want to see if they are accountable. I’m not going to do anything illegal. I’m going to make them a little bit nervous.”
Some Trump supporters say that if he doesn’t win, they figure the United States government will be no better than dictatorships where elections cannot be trusted.
“We’re heading toward North Korea, without a doubt,” said Grant Reed, a Trump supporter wearing a shirt that said, “If you’re offended, I’ll help you pack.”
Joe Cecil, a 39-year-old restaurant manager, said he has never voted before but is newly inspired by Trump.
“If people are offended by the sexual stuff, what do they think is going to happen when Muslims come here, implement Sharia law, and start raping our women?” he asks.
How about that, media expert? Any questions? Or comments?
“I’ve heard people talk about a revolution. I’ve heard people talk about separation of states. I don’t even like to think about it. But I don’t think this movement is going away. We don’t have a voice anymore, and Donald Trump is giving us a voice.”
C’mon, man. To say, or to assume, that the two candidates are somehow the same is ridiculous. Such a thing would require a sane person – or a journalist – to be willfully fucked.
Donald is likely guilty of sexual assault, and here we are. He’s certainly guilty of inciting increasingly violent panic and paranoia in his followers, which won’t stop soon. That’s all newsworthy, very newsworthy, for many reasons (I can’t believe I have to type this). And if you’d like to perhaps hold a mirror up to the hacks in the media, Joe, there’s always the men’s room.