Donald Trump may not seem all that deserved of sympathy when it comes to media bias. Many of his problems stem from his inability to stop saying and doing things that are so ridiculous it seems biased or unfair when the media reports it straight.
But more and more the media just can’t help themselves. And as their institutional hatred of Trump metastasizes in the campaign’s final weeks, they’re needlessly distorting facts and ignoring context in ways that strip them of even the slimmest pretext for objectivity.
Here is a tweet from ABC News:
Top Trump adviser Giuliani: "Don’t you think a man who has this kind of economic genius is a lot better for the United States than a woman?" pic.twitter.com/ueUgkFGXXV
— ABC News (@ABC) October 3, 2016
You don’t have to agree that Donald Trump is an “economic genius” to watch that full video clip and realize that this is a gross misrepresentation of Giuliani’s comments.
The former New York mayor was speaking rather ineloquently, for sure, but was he really suggesting that Donald Trump would be a good president because he isn’t a woman? Or was he just saying that Trump would be a better president than Hillary Clinton, who he goes on to describe?
His full comments:
Don’t you think a man who has this kind of economic genius is a lot better for the United States than a woman — and the only thing she’s ever produced is a lot of work for the FBI checking out her emails?
It’s hard to believe that the media people blasting out these tweets actually believe Giuliani’s comments were aimed at all women, but “Trump Adviser Says Trump Would Be Better Than Hillary” isn’t a very clickworthy headline.
Trump was also roasted in the media for comments he made about PTSD during a speech to group of veterans in Virginia. Here’s how most of the headlines looked:
— WLWT.com (@WLWT) October 4, 2016
Reporters seized on a portion of Trump’s lengthy answer to a veteran’s question about PTSD and suicide in which Trump says some veterans who come home from war “are strong and can handle it,” while others aren’t.
Again, Trump is not always an eloquent speaker, but the full context of his remarks were largely ignored.
— Scott Gilmore (@Scott_Gilmore) October 3, 2016
The veteran who asked the question at the event agreed that the media was twisting the candidate’s remark, and came to Trump’s defense.
Military veteran defends Trump, blasts media for twisting PTSD comments https://t.co/1AFx36fjfZ
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) October 3, 2016
Now check out this front-page New York Times account of how Trump’s business decisions in the 1980s “nearly led him to ruin.” It begins as follows, with an anecdote from former Trump employee Abraham Wallach:
Abraham Wallach thought he had scored a major career break when Donald J. Trump hired him in 1990 for a senior executive role. Based on Mr. Trump’s boasting and gaudy lifestyle, Mr. Wallach imagined he would soon be leading impressive construction projects around the globe.
Instead, he found an array of failing enterprises, he recalled on Monday. Many top executives had departed the Trump Organization, and those who remained were often huddled in closed-door meetings with bankers and whispering worriedly among themselves.
“Everyone was very glum,” Mr. Wallach said. “It was like getting on the Titanic just before the women and children were moved to the lifeboats.”
It’s not until 24 paragraphs later, third from last, that the Times casually mentions the following about their source [emphasis added]:
Mr. Wallach, who left the Trump Organization in 2001 to deal with a chronic shoplifting and theft problem, said the change in the organization was palpable…
Come again? The “paper of record” begins a lengthy (front-page) story with an anti-Trump anecdote from a source who — oh, by the way — is a convicted felon and habitual thief. The disclosure doesn’t even merit a full sentence.
According to the Boston Globe:
Over a period of 30 years, [Wallach] collected at least 15 arrests in five states, four separate felony convictions — for crimes including forgery, grand larceny, and making false statements to prosecutors — and three jail sentences, according to an extensive Globe review of court records.
And now he’s being quoted in the New York Times as an authority on business? The simple fact that Trump would associate with a sketchball like Wallach for so long reflects poorly enough on Trump. The media’s manipulation of information to make Trump look even worse in this case, and others, just seems flagrantly excessive and unnecessary. There are more than enough (factual, in context) negative Trump stories to go around. Why not just stick to those?
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