Get Ready for the Biggest Media Assault You've Ever Seen—Aimed Squarely at Trump
In case you’re under some kind of illusion that Donald Trump now has a clear path to the presidency, let me enlighten you about what has likely been set in motion tonight. First, let’s take a look back at Barack Obama’s first election. Do you remember when the media set aside their journalistic standards and became full-time sycophants for Obama? They ignored Obama’s ties to radicals like Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright and put Obama’s campaign ahead of the best interest of the country. Sure, they’re all Democrats and leftists, but this was extreme, even for them. They wore their Obama love openly on their sleeves (or in Chris Matthews’ case, on his quivering thigh). The extent to which they were open about their favoritism was shocking at the time, even to those of us who are aware of the bias that is built into the MSM system. These media outlets (CNN, NBC, CBS, The New York Times, et al.) were willing to sacrifice ratings in order to get Obama elected.
Fox News made a name for itself by being the “fair and balanced” network. Conservatives found a place where their views were represented, although the station did have a representative selection of liberals to balance out the conservative point of view. Then along came the 2016 primary and the Trump circus. News stations and talk radio hosts quickly realized that if you put a reality TV star on your show, your ratings will go up. Even better (for them, not for America): if you put a reality star who regularly says completely unhinged things on our show, your ratings will go through the roof. Sadly, Fox became the worst Trump-ratings whore in the cable news business.
I became concerned about this phenomenon early on, saying that there would at some point come a tipping point after which this so called Trump train could not be turned back (the Titanic is probably a better metaphor here). Allegedly conservative media outlets were playing a dangerous game by flirting with Trump ratings spikes. I kept hoping that they would eventually pull it back and start exposing how unstable—and liberal—Trump is, but on and on it went as qualified, talented GOP candidates were destroyed by a man who was allowed—and even encouraged—to throw out the most outrageous (and untrue) statements about his opponents, mostly unchallenged. Trump was given almost unlimited airtime and was treated with kid gloves as his interviewers deferentially asked “Mr. Trump” easy questions and rarely asked follow-ups when his answers were inconsistent. They blushed in his presence and went out of their way not to offend him, lest the candidate (and the ratings gravy train) abandon them. They continued to give him air time, even after he refused to man-up and participate in debate.
But all that changed tonight. Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee, according to Reince Priebus, and we’re about to enter a new phase in the race. Here’s how it will likely play out: