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The Press Is About To Turn On Donald Trump

June 2, 2016

The days when Donald Trump played the media are over.  There is a new tone and edge to reporters who are now coming to grips with their professional responsibility in this election.  That it took so long to get to this point will be the subject of college lectures and studies for years to come.  But for now the heat from the press is going to be turned up on Donald Trump in a way he will not be able to deal with–given his temperament and thin-skin.

Every rock in every corner of his unscrupulously lived life will be turned over in the coming months. His complaint about bias is no different than those lodged by winning and losing Republican candidates in every election in memory. He may be right. Ask John McCain , who was a media darling right up until the point that he became the Republican nominee in 2008. McCain, too, had an insurgent, underdog feel to his candidacy. But making it into the final round of the presidential campaign stripped that away, and bearing the GOP standard will do the same for Trump.  

Rather than an outsider translating the message of the masses, Trump will start to take shape as a silver-spooner who used his money to try to buy politicians — by his own admission — and looked for every angle to take advantage of those less fortunate than himself. In a country that has moved ever so slowly and steadily toward the Constitution’s ideals of equality and opportunity, his Archie Bunker-like zeal for insulting and threatening minorities and women will fuel countless stories of which there is a singular point: He’s no champion of the common man.  

7 Comments leave one →
  1. pattilynn9 permalink
    June 5, 2016 3:30 PM

    Ehhh? Professional responsibility?!? Not so much. More like the old game of build ’em up, tear ’em down. The way the modern media works is predictable.

  2. Mark E. Bye permalink
    June 4, 2016 11:30 AM

    Well, even Archie Bunker was capable of having some lovable moments. Trump? Not so much.

  3. June 4, 2016 12:09 AM

    And those years of being unemployed are what I was referring to as you talked about it on the now defunct News Chronicle website. You and I go back a long way. I also know how you related employment issues in the large scheme of things to immigrants. You liked to scapegoat them at that time and now seem to be backing a national candidate who has taken that view, too. You are too easy to see through.

  4. June 3, 2016 11:54 PM

    I have never had employment problems in my life no idea where that came from. I have been working since the age of 14 there was only a 2 year period when I was injured and had several operations that I was not employed. I went to college late in life when I was raising four boys working 3rd shift forty hours a week and going to school during the day. See I was raised with values, I understand the importance of self reliance, so to say I have had employment problem’s well it is what I expect from people like you, lies, in order to further an agenda that has brought America to the bring of disaster.

  5. June 3, 2016 10:31 AM

    Pk,

    This morning in the shower as the water ran I thought of another way to underscore locally how the elites you scorn serve the interests of all. Kewaunee County, next door to the one you live in, has massive ground water contamination problems. The head of the WI DNR who does not have a college degree or in any way educated in matters related to the department (so that must make her one of the hard-working people you so admire) was selected for her job by Walker who also does not have a college degree (again one must assume that is a person you admire as just a hard working person). Neither of them has taken the matter of the large corporate farms to task for the harm they do. Scores of average citizens have their well water contaminated from these farms. Meanwhile the well-trained scientists at the DNR—the ones who Walker and Stepp did not remove for mindless budget cuts–and the same public workers who get scorn and are also called elites—have made it very clear there is a problem with the ground water. The professors at our public universities, who are paid by the state, and are unfairly faulted for tenure rights, and also called elites have done research to underscore the massive nature of the problem. You might consider who are the true hard workers in our state, how the label elite is misplaced, and how those you denigrate over and over work for you and others. As I noted in my pervious comment those elites, as you call them, work to save you from yourself.

  6. June 3, 2016 1:33 AM

    Pk,

    Facts are not your allies. (And readers to this section of the blog know that.) To state that the reporters and the media have not treated Trump with special care and differently up to this point shows that you are not even remotely following the events of the past year. For months TV networks were taking Trump’s campaign events live on the air. Not for just a minute or two but for 30 and 40 minutes at a time. That was not fair as it was disadvantaging to all the other candidates who did not receive such coverage. Then there were the countless phone-in interviews where softball questions were asked. An analysis was done for the free media coverage Trump received and had it been paid airtime the cost would have come to over $2 billion. The press has a duty to act in the interest of the nation and report so that the voters can be educated. One small example are the very words from Trump that he wants Japan to have nuclear weapons. But now he wants to have people think he never uttered those words. It is a most dangerous foreign policy matter and to have such a flippant attitude is precisely the type of reporting that will be ramped up on Trump. Your intent to vote for Trump takes no one who reads CP by surprise. You are precisely the type of white male Trump seeks out. Someone who has had employment issues in life, feels that there must be someone or something who needs to be a scapegoat for all that has taken place (China, or immigrants, etc) rather than assume personal responsibility. You have no concept of why the free press makes this nation safer than the military any more than you understand why colleges are worthy of your tax dollars. You may think the elites are the worst things in media or politics but they save you every day from yourself—and countless others too– but you are just not able to see it. If you think the nation is just going to allow the most weak minded voters to elect Trump….wow…you are in for a bumpy ride to Election Day. The elites are the ones who will save the nation this November—and also you.

  7. June 2, 2016 10:36 PM

    ABOUT TO TURN? where have you been they have been after Trump since day one. They are so desperate to get Hillary elected they have done story after story most of it just hit pieces and yet you say NOW they are turning! This election has come down to the liberal media elites, people like you who want the continued status quo in DC where professional politicians bought and paid for by big money and unions control our lives, while a large majority of American people the honest hardworking ones are tired of the destruction you have brought to America.Is Donald Trump my choice not by a long shot I would have preferred someone else but if it comes down to Hillary and the same old rhetoric I guess I will hold my noise in the voting booth and select Trump it can’t be any worse as the last 8 years and it will be so much better than a Clinton in the White House again, which btw was the last time I voted Democrat when her hubby ran twice, thought he was going to be the one and turned out all he wanted was to play with his cigars.

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