So were the media biased towards Clinton?

Especially near the end of the campaign, Trump supporters rallied around the idea that the media was rooting for Clinton to win, even giving media outlets names like “the Clinton News Network”. But was Trump really unfairly treated by the media?

The Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center did a study on the media coverage of the two candidates throughout the presidential election.

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Now, these results are interesting, though don’t show any kind of bias. These results would mainly reflect how the campaigns were actually going.

After the primaries, Clinton certainly had more positive coverage than Donald, however the difference isn’t that significant. Clinton only had 13% more positive coverage, which reflects the polls and the overall stability and demeanour of the Clinton campaign.

When the primaries are included, Trump received more positive coverage than Clinton overall. That shows that Clinton received significantly more negative coverage in the primaries while Trump had significantly more positive coverage during the primaries (back when the media thought he was a fun joke).

So, overall, the difference in coverage wasn’t too different.

If anything, the media was more unfair to Clinton- but that’s another story.

Turns out, the Donald is guilty of the same media collusion he accuses others of

In Fox News host Megyn Kelly’s new memoir, she mentions how President-Elect Trump would bribe her and other journalists during the campaign to give him positive coverage.

This is actually one of the untold stories of the 2016 campaign: I was not the only journalist to whom Trump offered gifts clearly meant to shape coverage,” said Kelly. “Trump tried to work the refs, and some of the refs responded…This is smart, because the media is full of people whose egos need stroking.

This is certainly damning, and would have been great to hear during the campaign. It wouldn’t make any different to Trump supporters who ironically believe in a rigged & biased media, but it would have been another useful line of attack. It is certainly a shame that Kelly chose to keep this piece of information for her memoir instead of responsibly reporting it.

She also states that when some reporters became to obvious in their support for Donald, they would even work with the Trump campaign to workshop criticisms of him as not to appear biased. She unfortunately doesn’t name any names, but it’s not hard to guess who at Fox News she’s talking about.

It is pleasing that Megyn Kelly acted ethically and rejected Donald’s offer of a “girl’s weekend” at his hotels.

Kelly also states that Donald Trump was leaked the Republican debate questions in advance. An agitated Trump called her up, asking her about a question he didn’t like. She writes it was “bizarre behavior, especially for a man who wanted the nuclear codes.”

Once again, it seems, Trump’s attacks have been mere projection. His attacks on Clinton of corruption, collusion, lying, bigotry, instability, recklessness, scamming, and sexual assault all applied more to himself than they did to her. Now, his attacks on the media colluding with the Clinton campaign apply just as much to himself, if not more so.

Trump Surrogates are using JAPANESE INTERNMENT CAMPS as precedent for a Muslim registry

This is absolutely amazing and horrifying. The WW2 internment camps have been unanimously regarded as a breach of human rights and an example of explicit racism. Of all the things to use as an example of ‘precedent’, don’t use the one thing that nobody can legally or morally justify.

Internment camps were an extreme breach of justice. Simply because of their Japanese race, these people were illegally imprisoned without any trial. So many of their universal human rights and their rights as Americans were totally violated.

It was Republican hero Ronald Reagan who signed the Civil Liberties Act, which apologised for the internment of Japanese-Americans on behalf of the US government and paid every camp survivor $20,000.

“I know the ACLU is gonna challenge it” he says. If you have to argue that it will hold “constitutional muster” and you are certain the American Civil Liberties Union will challenge it, it’s an absolutely awful idea even if it is somehow legal.

Megyn Kelly was right to push back at him on these commented, but I just wish she had challenged him harder.

Yet, it’s also a push back against political correctness. For years we’ve ignored the talkback callers who, one after another, complained of PC gone mad. We’ve written them off as rednecks who will eventually catch up with 2016. We told ourselves they’ll eventually get used to the rules of correctness we’ve imposed on them.

New York-based Professor Alon Ben-Meir calls political correctness “a miserable failure”. He says Trump has proved that PC hasn’t wiped out hatred and racism, it has only quietened it down. And by mocking the “inherent fakeness” of PC, “Trump has managed to create the perception that he is somehow honest and authentic”.

This is what Heather du Plessis-Allan writes in the NZ Herald. And, as much as I hate to say it, this is correct.

Policing the words people use doesn’t cure the world of racism and sexism. It only makes people less vocal about their racism and sexism. As Patton Oswalt said about the “glossary of correct terms”, what people mean is far more important what people say. “Listen to their hearts!”

Brushing them off as ‘rednecks’ who are behind the times doesn’t help anything either. That’s just dismissing them with a label. They don’t like derogatory labels, and they don’t know why they’re being given that label- they think their perspective is just common sense. Simply labelling political adversaries only alienates them, dismissing them as the ‘other’ and not worth talking to. In reality, our ideas should be discussed with everyone so that we have more friends on our ‘side’ and a far smaller divide.

So yes, overzealous political correctness has contributed to Trump’s success, and certainly hasn’t changed people’s attitudes like political correctness is supposed to. This certainly doesn’t excuse Trump voters for voting for him. The majority of the responsibility for this lies with them, however the left must reform some of their own behaviours if we want to be able to change the direction of world politics.