Media Bias

Media: Perception = Reality?

I have had writers block for a week. Gone now. Trump joked, get it, JOKED that “I’m very concerned that Russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election. Based on the fact that no President has been tougher on Russia than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats. They definitely don’t want Trump!

The Media is portraying this as a serious statement. What I’m trying to wrap my mind around is whether they are actually that stupid, or do they believe their audience is? Regardless, it’s yet another dishonest portrayal of the President. It mirrors the reaction of the Press when he again, joked, that “if the Russians had Hillary’s missing emails to please turn them over.” He was poking fun at the Media’s rabid fascination with alleged collusion between himself and Vladimir Putin. Again, is the Media really that stupid, or are they that cynical?

I recall a lecture on semantics in which Democrat Congressman Claude Pepper’s accusation that his opponent was a known “philanthropist” helped him win re-election.

It demonstrated Pepper’s knowledge of his “audience.” He knew his “base” would not make the distinction between:

“Philanthropist” “a person who seeks to promote the welfare of others, especially by the generous donation of money to good causes.

And

“Philanderer” “a man who readily or frequently enters into casual sexual relationships with women; a womanizer.

He was also smart enough to know that he could not be accused of making a false statement as his opponent was someone known for their generosity. So what recourse did the poor sod running against him have? He could neither deny the charge nor state the obvious, that most people are too stupid to know the difference!

So it appears that the media, in this case tonight’s ABC Evening News, is betting their audience is too stupid to distinguish between humor and a sincere statement.

To be candid, the percentage that already despises him probably are blind enough to believe it. That accounts for roughly a third of the population. Worse, the “Greek Chorus” starring Steven Colbert and “friends” will no doubt ramp up this false perception later tonight.

With Trump’s approval rating hovering between 44 and 48 percent one can only imagine where he’d be if we had an honest press. The only reason his numbers are this high is that rather than being a “punching bag” like the Bushes, Romney and McCain, Trump, from day one, has fought back. It’s a lesson the rest of the Party needs to learn.

Image Copyright “The Daily Beast” / “Saipan Tribune”

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