The 2016 Presidential Campaign in One Tweet

September 6, 2016 at 3:53 PM 2 comments

For me, the photo in this tweet encapsulates the coverage the cable “news” outlets (Fox, MSNBC and CNN) have given to the presidential campaign since the day last June when Donald Trump announced his candidacy.  Trump spoke early this afternoon in Virginia Beach, Virginia while Hillary Clinton was in Tampa, Florida.  I wasn’t watching, but RawStory was, and good for them (and us).  I’ve seen this countless times again, since June, 2015, with a box with Clinton in it (no audio) squeezed down into the righthand corner while the vast majority of the screen was all Trump.  The point of this kind of “coverage” is apparently a cover so the cables can say they “aired” her speech too (which apparently they did, for a matter of minutes (see link above)) and they can claim that, hell yeah, we’re fair and balanced!

Cables on Trump 9-6-16.png



Entry filed under: Musings.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tim Truett  |  September 6, 2016 at 4:18 PM

    I’m wondering who is crashing fastest, “journalism” or the GOP. We can go awhile without a vibrant opposition, but a healthy press is essential. Many used to be merely incurious and lazy, but it’s regressed to a sole function of inciting conflict and reporting the bizarre. We’d still be an English colony or part of Southern Canada were the press as incompetent in the 18th century.

  • 2. mhasegawa  |  September 7, 2016 at 6:41 AM

    I heard a discussion on NPR about why he gets covered and she doesn’t. Bottom line: he might say something outrageous and she is steady and predicable. But don’t we want our president to be steady?

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