August 15, 2016

SIX PROBLEMS WITH MEDIA’S HYSTERICAL REACTION TO TRUMP’S ISIS COMMENTS, including:

Listen, Trump might be an effective communicator with his core audience, but others have trouble understanding him. His speaking style couldn’t be more removed from the anodyne and cautious political rhetoric of our era. This can be a challenge for political journalists in particular. His sentences run on into paragraphs. He avoids specificity or contradicts himself when he doesn’t. His sentences trail into other sentences before they finish. He doesn’t play the usual games that the media are used to. It’s frustrating.

So the media immediately decided Trump was claiming that Obama had literally incorporated ISIS a few years back. And they treated this literal claim as a fact that needed to be debunked.

Related: Hyperliteral media wasn’t prepared to handle sarcasm from a candidate – or at least from a Republican candidate.

Plus a video rewind: Chris Matthews Said Cheney ‘Created al-Qaeda,’ ‘Created ISIS.’

 

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