Margaret Sullivan described the media’s coverage of Trump as an “epic fail.” In 2016 they communicated an inevitability of Clinton’s rise and granted free advertising for Trump. They haven’t improved much since says Sullivan. The media has served up questions to Trump that would garner sensational headlines by Trump simply agreeing with them. The media has overreacted to Trump’s “enemies of the people” rhetoric and in an effort to seem unbiased have had conservatives dominated Sunday talk shows.
- Has the media overreacted to Trump’s ‘enemy’ rhetoric?
- Has the media overcompensated with more conservatives to seem unbiased?
- Does the media often serve up headlines to Trump through leading questions?
On election night 2016, I described the news media’s campaign performance as “an epic fail.”
You might remember what happened: the sense of inevitability about Hillary Clinton’s rise, the damaging false equivalency that resulted, the free advertising provided in live coverage of Donald Trump’s rallies and speeches, the crazily swinging “needle” on the New York Times website.
And so much more that we’d like to forget, but really shouldn’t.
So now, with the midterm elections upon us, it’s fair to ask how much improvement has there been.
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