The Jury Talks Back

8/1/2018

Journalists Ignore Media’s Trump-Love During Campaign, Attack Supporters, Yet Can’t Figure Out Why MSM Is Not Trusted

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 2:35 pm

[guest post by Dana]

And they still don’t understand why Big Media is so reviled.

While President Trump stupidly threw red meat to his critics, fouling up a salient argument regarding voter i.d. laws, everybody’s favorite journalist, CNN’s Jim Acosta threw some red meat of his own to the critics and haters of Big Media:

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While Trump gleefully stokes the fires of media-hate and intentionally nurtures an ugly divisiveness in the nation, it’s noteworthy that Acosta conveniently ignores the fact that it was his employer, CNN, which greedily greased the rails for Trump’s ascendancy to the White House. As a reminder:

The benefits to CNN are pretty obvious—namely, higher ratings, which translate into higher ad revenue. It’s not like the network only boosted its coverage of Trump as it has become more and more obvious that he would become the leading candidate. According to a number of media analysts, the Republican candidate received orders of magnitude more coverage from the very beginning of his campaign—before it was even clear how dominant his support was.

From June 16 (the day he announced his campaign) through September 14, media-tracking firm Zignal Labs said Trump was the subject of at least 2,159 CNN reports, almost twice as many as Florida governor Jeb Bush. Furthermore, the Media Research Center found that during a two-week period in August, close to 80% of CNN’s Republican campaign coverage was spent discussing Donald Trump: 580 minutes out of a total of 747 minutes.

Interestingly, Acosta also tweeted this in spite of his already earnestly expressed concern about the dangerous rally:

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Ugh. Embarrassing child’s play, and painfully easy to see through:

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Also piling onto Acosta’s elitist sense of self, while also conveniently ignoring Big Media’s dirty hands, Politico’s Marc Caputo whipped up his own special brand of derogatory hostility and divisiveness:

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Ironically, Caputo seemingly still can’t understand why the media is so hated… Initially, Caputo came out swinging with sarcasm at his critics, but later issued an apology for his comments. But his ugly message remains: These garbage people, these Trumpsupporters, these hicks, these toothless clowns should stop fanatically clinging to their guns and Bibles and follow our example in how to treat fellow Americans!

It is undeniable that both sides of the political aisle are filled with deplorable individuals imbued with a perceived sense of righteous anger as they stoke the coals of dissension, and then claim the mantle of true patriot. Whether it’s members of the media, who conveniently forget their own complicity in giving Trump a helping hand for the sake of Big Ratings and subsequently downplayed the abuses leveled at his supporters, or whether it’s the Trump sycophants and loyalists, whose own bitterness and sense of betrayal have found a home in the incendiary provocations of Trump, they are all loathsome individuals. Neither group adds to the fiber of political discourse, nor do they persuade anyone to their cause. Oddly, Trump, like no other, brings to the surface all the arrogant dishonesty and self-deception that lies beneath the surface in many an individual. It’s raw, it’s angry, it’s manipulative and condescending. And from where I stand, it’s a foul piece of work, indeed.

P.S. I know a few good and decent people who uneasily support Trump. I would absolutely exclude them from this assessment because I know that they too would turn away from anyone like those rally attendees captured on video, as much as they would people like Acosta and Caputo.

–Dana

39 Comments »

  1. Maybe things like this aren’t done solely to insult Trump and his supporters. Maybe they need to keep their supporters agitated.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/2/2018 @ 7:31 am

  2. It energizes both sides but it hurts society — although I don’t think either side cares about that.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/2/2018 @ 7:33 am

  3. Of course Trump needs to keep them agitated and angry. It’s how he got elected. Trump is nothing if not a master manipulator. The same goes for the media. They need Trump supporters equally as agitated and angry in order to do all their virtue signalling, point the finger and lay blame, as well as cry wounded foul (while ignoring their own fat fingers pointing back at their guilty selves).
    This is how they justify their righteous indignation. Both Trump and the media are the same. And this is why they have such a sick, symbiotic relationship.

    Comment by Dana — 8/2/2018 @ 9:46 am

  4. Wow. That was insightful and beautifully said, Dana. I am impressed with the way you craft beautiful, metatements.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/2/2018 @ 10:24 am

  5. … beautiful, meaningful statements, especially since I have trouble getting the briefest comment posted without mistakes.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/2/2018 @ 10:25 am

  6. I thought metatements was a great word – a portmanteau of Meta and Statement. A meta statement!

    Comment by TomM — 8/2/2018 @ 7:11 pm

  7. I like how you think, Tom.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/3/2018 @ 6:25 am

  8. No, Tom M, we are not supposed to be uninvolved from Sanford to ferguson to Baltimore, clockboy and
    some person in Oregon, that must have a cake baked,
    Weinstein is public enemy, except he wasn’t for the last 15 years.

    Comment by narciso — 8/3/2018 @ 7:33 am

  9. Spacey, was always a sociopath, but that was about the depth of his craft, but we must look past the assassination of an ambassador, the dereliction of school and municipal personnel,

    Comment by narciso — 8/3/2018 @ 7:34 am

  10. there is only one opinion, like the two minute hate, otherwise it goes down the memory hole,

    so trump is an imperfect vehicle for our frustrations, but our possum congress is next to useless,

    Comment by narciso — 8/3/2018 @ 7:41 am

  11. 8,9,10 = ?

    Comment by TomM — 8/3/2018 @ 9:13 am

  12. I can rarely tell what he’s talking about, and I have no clue why he directed it at you. Maybe he thinks he will get more responses here than at the main website.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/3/2018 @ 9:26 am

  13. Narciso is smart and I think he is a reliable conservative, but he seems to think everyone else has to decipher what he says. Mutual efforts at discussion is not his thing.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/3/2018 @ 9:28 am

  14. … are not his thing. Sheesh. I’m having a bad spelling and grammar week.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/3/2018 @ 9:55 am

  15. The me too movement, police brutality, enforced gay conformity and benghazi and parkland (and promise not guns)

    Comment by Narciso — 8/3/2018 @ 11:13 am

  16. I use shorthand, were expected to be totally absorbed by some things and not other, the migration crisis was the last one.

    Comment by Narciso — 8/3/2018 @ 11:28 am

  17. This is not a shorthand blog.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/3/2018 @ 11:37 am

  18. On second thought, you have hit on an important insight.

    We live in a political world where the Left and the Right relies on shorthand words and agendas instead of truth, reason and compromise. There is no need for discussion in this new world, just a reminder — using the correct shorthand — when followers stray from their side’s accepted positions.

    Principled conservatives, libertarians and liberals are inconvenient annoyances in this new world.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/3/2018 @ 11:53 am

  19. That’s why Trump and some of his followers don’t need people like Rush Limbaugh anymore, despite the fact that Rush has signed on to support Trump. Reason isn’t important when everyone learns the shorthand and can correct others when they stray.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/3/2018 @ 11:57 am

  20. Peer pressure is powerful, especially when it is based on bullying.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/3/2018 @ 11:58 am

  21. So I will say it again, this time with more emphasis:

    This is not a shorthand blog.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/3/2018 @ 12:00 pm

  22. This, was in response, to tom m, who thinks the world will be so much simpler than trump, so down here we here about the ‘crime’ of Puerto rico, the latest atrocity re the detention facility, but there was virtually no coverage of the recover from north Korea, the growing economy is a blip

    Comment by narciso — 8/3/2018 @ 12:00 pm

  23. You would prefer long blocks of text, entirely excerpted links, I don’t feel the need for that.

    Tell us something that us not an exaggeration, an omission or a misrepresentation of what has been said it done.

    Comment by narciso — 8/3/2018 @ 12:03 pm

  24. I would prefer your thoughts, not having you constantly link other people’s ideas as if you think you are Drudge. It’s fine to link other ideas or facts that support your ideas, but have your own ideas. I know how to find and read other websites.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/3/2018 @ 12:09 pm

  25. You aggregate instead of discuss, so you never commit to an idea or opinion.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/3/2018 @ 12:10 pm

  26. And I’ve made my point, there is a singular objective to find fault, to ignore the successes in this administration, whenever possible to absolve the congresses part.

    Comment by narciso — 8/3/2018 @ 12:21 pm

  27. You have linked other peoples’ opinions that you rarely discuss or defend.

    There are lots of opinions in the world. Whether they are valuable, workable, or can persuade people comes from having them challenged and defending them.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/3/2018 @ 3:24 pm

  28. You say you’ve “made your point.” I’m unclear what it is. Tell me the specific points you’ve made and believe in so everyone can discuss them.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/3/2018 @ 3:26 pm

  29. Which one do you find problematic, I think Smith, Hemingway, carter, and atkinson persuasive because they have done a deep dive on the dossier and unmaskings, we’ve seen how the Stevens, Mcdonnell and delay cases were deeply flawed but they succeeded in their short term goal.

    Now tom m, I dont use harsh language but I let the facts speak for themselves. But often they are ignofed

    Comment by narciso — 8/3/2018 @ 3:43 pm

  30. “Smith, Hemingway, carter, and atkinson”

    Ok. I assume you mean Mollie Hemingway and Sharyl Attkinsson? Who are Smith and carter? What specifically do those people think that you agree with?

    Comment by DRJ — 8/3/2018 @ 4:36 pm

  31. BTW they are ignored because most of us have no clue what you are saying. And why should anyone follow the links you post? If you would express opinions and defend them logically and persuasively, I would read some of your links and discuss things with you. But you don’t have the time, let alone the respect, to engage other people.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/3/2018 @ 4:40 pm

  32. The single objective of the current, call it loosely political, moment, is the juvenile “pwning” of the other, whether that be democrats, other republicans, basically folks not on your team. A team that has no philosophical base, no fundamental first principles.

    For all the promise of connecting our world, the internet has also allowed people to voluntarily give up the benefits of informed civil discord and allowed the anonymity that it enables, for the voice of the uninformed to shout down the informed. Volume has replaced reason, and facts have become unimportant; opinion and feelings are driving real-world decision making contrary to logic and sense. I don’t want to hear about safe places and snowflakes, because the right is every bit as guilty as the left.

    I do think the evolution of society will eventually revert to the mean, as the massive changes, and shrinking of the world, are digested. Does that happen without something dramatic? Hopefully, because I’d rather not it require another world war to wake people up and remember the real difference between a friend you disagree with and an actual enemy.

    Comment by Colonel Klink — 8/3/2018 @ 4:53 pm

  33. Very few reps are reliable, it took me nearly 20 years, to have a constitutionalist rep, and hes been rundown by the nearly useless agriculture secretary, Allen west, was a promising figure, that’s why the leg double crossed him, some part the white toga right abandoned him after an accusation from it turned out from Michelle fields.

    Of course almost 10 years ago, we have the litmus test, a candidate who received almost unanimous acclaim despite his ideological and ethical faults, and one who had common sense solutions and a ethically spotless as one can be in state politics and the fate that beheld her, through slander threats of violence and lawfare.

    Comment by narciso — 8/3/2018 @ 5:57 pm

  34. No there is no real structure in media academia or even government for the parallelism you seem to see, are there trolls yes, do some have a Malign agenda probably. Examine discus dominant platforms to see how bad it gets.

    Comment by Narciso — 8/3/2018 @ 6:31 pm

  35. Sigh…

    Comment by Colonel Klink — 8/3/2018 @ 8:59 pm

  36. I do think the evolution of society will eventually revert to the mean, as the massive changes, and shrinking of the world, are digested. Does that happen without something dramatic? Hopefully, because I’d rather not it require another world war to wake people up and remember the real difference between a friend you disagree with and an actual enemy.

    I agree with this and the rest of what you say, but people tend to learn the hard way so we may be headed for a harsh reset.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/4/2018 @ 5:58 am

  37. Who will be on whose side, drj anarchy prevails for a while but then the vacuum is filled.

    Comment by Narciso — 8/4/2018 @ 6:06 am

  38. As they spoke of in 2 kings

    Comment by Narciso — 8/4/2018 @ 6:22 am

  39. I have no idea what will actually happen, nor do you.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/4/2018 @ 7:15 am

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