“Oh no, another picture of the White House; this can’t be good.”
I don’t want to write about elections or politics, in fact, I’ve gone out of my way not to hear about the election. Of course I haven’t gone so far as to have not read the 100+ page document dump the FBI released earlier this week, or the latest WikiLeaks release… and the ones before that. Still, I haven’t been listening to the election coverage, other than to survey what was written and reported in the aftermath of Wednesday’s candidate ‘get together’.
For me, that’s staying out of it. I think these are matters of degrees…
There was something “fishy” about the post debate coverage, something that looks remarkably like campaign talking points. I watched as many commentators do their post debate spiel as the networks made available on their websites, and I couldn’t help but notice that nearly all of them admitted (some rather glumly) that the Donald “won” the debate.
I’ll take their word for that.
But then all of the sudden there was a shift, and many of these same people began to say that the Donald blew any chance he had of winning the election by giving a “wrong” answer to one of Chris Wallace’s questions. There is no way that Mr. Trump can possibly recover from such a terrible gaffe; he’ll lose in a landslide now. Of course, having a very long (even for someone in politics) political memory, I recognize that they have all been saying Trump would lose in a landslide since before the conventions; why are they announcing this as if it were something new now and what was the gaffe?
The question was whether or not the candidates would abide by the election results: Mrs. Clinton said that she would and the Donald said he’d like to wait and see.
That doesn’t strike me as a gaffe, it strikes me as someone who wasn’t willing to sign a suicide pact, in light of the number of voting fraud allegations there have been in recent years. Yet the real point of my ramblings today is neither Clinton nor Trump, nor politics in general; it’s the reporting of the election. For as long as I can remember, the news coverage of politics has favored the Democrats, everyone knows that. Yet it has never been so obvious; they don’t even try to be objective any more.
Where is the outcry from the public?
Oh, we’ve gone to sleep.
Back when I was an undergrad, I had a Journalism professor who told us about a new trend in journalism, something called “advocacy journalism”. He said that this form of journalism had no particular claim to objectivity, and that its purpose was to “advocate” a cause; he said that would be the “death of journalism” and that we would all live to see it.
He was right.
I mentioned the 100+ pages of documents released by the FBI this week, and I would bet that most of you didn’t hear about it. If you’ve read them then like I have, you know that the lack of coverage says it all. Twenty years ago, these documents would be the only thing you’d hear about, and they would not only bring the Clinton campaign to an end, they could even bring the Obama Administration to an ends as well.
Yep, my Journalism professor was right.