Monday, October 03, 2016

The Media Are All In


"She is 'unfit for the presidency"

Last week several newspapers that historically endorse the GOP presidential candidate came out for Hillary Clinton.  USA Today, which have never endorsed any candidate, blared "Trump is 'unfit for the presidency" Here are the paper's bullet points. 

He is erratic. Trump has been on so many sides of so many issues that attempting to assess his policy positions is like shooting at a moving target.

He is ill-equipped to be commander in chief. Trump’s foreign policy pronouncements typically range from uninformed to incoherent.

He traffics in prejudice. From the very beginning, Trump has built his campaign on appeals to bigotry and xenophobia, whipping up resentment against Mexicans, Muslims and migrants. His proposals for mass deportations and religious tests are unworkable and contrary to America’s ideals.

Trump has stirred racist sentiments in ways that can’t be erased by his belated and clumsy outreach to African Americans. His attacks on an Indiana-born federal judge of Mexican heritage fit “the textbook definition of a racist comment,” according to House Speaker Paul Ryan, the highest-ranking elected official in the Republican Party. And for five years, Trump fanned the absurd “birther” movement that falsely questioned the legitimacy of the nation’s first black president.

His business career is checkered.

He isn’t leveling with the American people. Is Trump as rich as he says? No one knows, in part because, alone among major party presidential candidates for the past four decades, he refuses to release his tax returns. Nor do we know whether he has paid his fair share of taxes, or the extent of his foreign financial entanglements.

He speaks recklessly.

He has coarsened the national dialogue.

He’s a serial liar. Although polls show that Clinton is considered less honest and trustworthy than Trump, it’s not even a close contest. Trump is in a league of his own when it comes to the quality and quantity of his misstatements.

.... resist the siren song of a dangerous demagogue. By all means vote, just not for Donald Trump.
Try this exercise.  Read the list again, substituting "Hillary" for "Trump," and "She" for "He." Which version makes any sense?

All this leaves me with mixed feelings.  On the one hand, I'm terrified by the abject ruthlessness of the Media commitment to defeat Trump at any cost to their historical reputations.  On the other hand, I feel a certain exhilaration that, from the very beginning, I was one of millions who sensed that our nation's leaders are so corruptly in the thrall of One Worlders that, either we defang them in November, or go belly up as a nation.  With all that,  I still vastly underestimated the depth of  viciousness they would employ. 

1 comment:

pdwalker said...

We do not even live in the same reality.

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