Ever wonder why the two presumptive nominees both rank so low in the polls. High unfavorables, not trustworthy. Me too. I mean why would we elect someone whom we can’t trust? Who’s character is at best questionable? The answer seems to be in the media coverage.
The U.S. ranks 41st of 180 countries in the 2016 Press Freedom Index. 41st! Our Constitution has freedom of the press in the First Amendment! The explanation isn’t government control like China or North Korea. The explanation is corporate ownership of the media. These large corporations are more interested in ratings than journalism. The trend from hard news to infotainment has been a trend for a while. They know sensationalism sells. Trump’s outrageous, boorish behavior has got him over a billion dollars of “earned media.” The press hides around every corner trying to uncover the latest Clinton scandal. Trump’s racist, sexist base say that he’s saying what they can’t. People have a visceral reaction to the Clinton’s. The press knows that supporters are blind — or at least forgiving — of a candidate’s faults and detractors view them as deal killers. If it bleeds it ledes.
Trump may be bad for America but he’s great for CBS.
— Leslie Moonves, CEO of CBS
Blow up your TV. Throw away your papers.
— John Prine, “Spanish Pipedream.”
The image is of the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood in Washington, DC, as this campaign is anything but pleasant.