If you follow me on Facebook or twitter you must already be aware of two things:
1. I watch way too much CNN
2. Donald Trump drives me batsh** crazy.
Apart from the political horror show that has most Canadians riveted, I’m depressed as hell about the behavior, as it were, of the press. More to the point, their seeming complete lack of ability to hold Donald Trump’s feet to the fire.
This is no revelation as we all have witnessed journalism, in many instances, hit the skids. Blatantly biased reporting (I’m talking to you, Fox News – and MSNBC), but is it seemingly impossible for the press to ask hard questions – and demand answers? Isn’t that the job – the job WE need them to do because we, the people, don’t have access to do the same?
On one hand, we have the flawed candidate Hillary Clinton. There are issues in regard to the Clinton Foundation (which she and her husband have addressed countless times) and of course, the email scandal, which honestly, – I think has been pretty much beaten to death. It been established that yes, she should have not used a private server, and yes she could have (but did not) put state secrets at risk. Got it.
Clinton released her tax returns. She has a long, and storied, career in politics, not to mention public service, and widely regarded as an excellent Secretary of State. Yet the email server and the Clinton Foundation remain the leading topic with the press, who seemingly want to figure out how to ask the same question 10,000 different ways. Questions she patiently answers time and time again.
On the other hand, – we have Donald Trump. A man who has never served the public in any capacity. A man who has treated running for the most powerful office in the world like a giant publicity stunt. He has, without pause, called all Muslims terrorists (false) who (his words) danced on rooftops in New Jersey during 9/11. (false) Oh! Then there are all those Mexican “rapists and murderers”. But that’s not a problem because he’s going to build a wall and Mexico will pay. Also on his resume for POTUS: The fraud that has been Trump University. No tax returns released. Paying out from his charity to settle legal issues. Saying Hillary started the birther movement. Heaping praise on Vladimir Putin. I mean, where does it end? Yet Trump never answers a single question, except with vast generalizations capped with the typical “we’re going to make America great again” platitudes.
Where’s the press? Grabbing the “viral clip” never pushing for real answers.
It’s as if somehow, because nobody expects much from Trump, he’s held to a standard that we would normally hold to a 7 year old. (Though if that was truly the case, for lying ALONE the man would be standing in the corner all day, every day.)
The problem here, as I see it: what should be a runaway race in favour of Mrs. Clinton, is a close race against a man that has absolutely no clue about international affairs, much less domestic matters. Just today he advocated for the wider use of “stop and frisk” by the police. Given police relations with minorities in the States right now, – I’m sure that would go over just GREAT.
This man could become President.
As much as he is a fool, the press holds a great deal of responsibility for his success. It’s the “roll your eyes” tour. Pundits theorize, argue, defend positions. The sideshow goes on unabated. Trump feeds the beast of 24 hour news cycles and the public are devouring it.
With a month and a half to go, it’s far past time for the media to pull their heads out of their asses and demand answers.
It may sound overly dramatic, but the future of the free world could be hanging in the balance.