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Clinton, Trump, and the impact of Media bias on the 2016 election

by | Sep 28, 2016

By Dave Andrusko

Hillary Clinton and Donald TrumpFrom USA Today

Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee raised more than $18 million less than 24 hours after Monday’s night’s debate, his campaign announced Tuesday night — a huge haul that tops his campaign’s strongest one-day fundraising performance.

A couple of presidential polls were released today but they reflected little of the effect of the first presidential debate. The real results, the real impact of Monday’s debate, will show up tomorrow’s and Friday’s poll results.

What is new is that in spite of the media consensus that Clinton won the debate handily, some of the media outlets most in the tank for pro-abortion Hillary Clinton are reflecting the panic the Clinton campaign is experiencing. Which, in this instance, harkens back to a fundamental problem: the coalition that elected Barack Obama is underwhelmed by the former Secretary of State.

Here’s a headline from POLITICO

Clinton campaign in ‘panic mode’ over Florida black voters:
Democrats are sweating over turnout in one of the most important states on the electoral map.

Here are the opening paragraphs

MIAMI — To kill Donald Trump’s chances of capturing the White House, Hillary Clinton needs to win Florida. And to do that, she needs a big minority turnout.

But Democrats are beginning to worry that too many African-American voters are uninspired by Clinton’s candidacy, leading her campaign to hit the panic button this week and launch an all-out blitz to juice-up voter enthusiasm.

Bill Clinton, once nicknamed the “first black president,” embarks on a North Florida bus tour Friday in an attempt to draw African-American crowds. At the same time, Clinton herself will host events in Broward and St. Lucie counties, which have black populations higher than the statewide average.

Then there is a second surprising development in Florida. Not just what appears to be a serious drop off among Black voter enthusiasm, but also a lead for Republicans in absentee ballot requests–by 140,000, to be specific, according to the official tally from Florida’s Division of Elections. Hardily definitive but worth keeping an eye on.

Then there is this report from The Hill. Under the headline, “Democrats target Libertarian ticket,” Jonathan Easley and Ben Kamisar write

Democrats panicked by third-party candidates drawing support away from Hillary Clinton are ramping up their attacks against Gary Johnson and warning that a vote for a third party is a vote for Donald Trump.

Liberal groups are passing around embarrassing videos of Johnson and running ads against him warning about his positions on issues like climate change that are important to young voters and independents.

The Clinton campaign will rely heavily on Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the coming weeks as it seeks to shore up its deficit among young voters and left-leaning independents who are not energized by her campaign and are considering casting a vote for either Johnson or Green Party nominee Jill Stein.

The Libertarian ticket of Johnson and Bill Weld is running surprisingly strong among young voters — a cog in the Obama coalition that Democrats need to turn out for Clinton if she’s to pull away from Trump.

Finally, one other food for thought argument, this courtesy of Michael Goodwin writing in the New York Post.

He begins by stating the obvious: moderator Lester Holt took the venomous criticism of his NBC News colleague to heart–Matt Lauer was pole-axed for supposedly not being “hard enough” on Trump and too hard on Clinton.

Solution? Ask Trump a series of tough questions, throw Clinton a bouquet.

Goodwin writes

It was outrageous — but no surprise. After all, Holt is part of the Big Media establishment that has uniformly protected President Obama and broken all its own standards to trash Trump and elect Clinton.

Okay, so what? Goodwin quotes from letters he received which complained of the blatant bias on display–and inquired whether “this election might actually be a referendum on the media and its role in today’s world events.” Add to that the media’s historically low approval ratings (as measured by Gallup) and

In a change election where both candidates have historically high negative ratings, many voters could make their choice for secondary reasons.

Voting against the other candidate is the most likely option, while voting against the media as a proxy for voting against the establishment is emerging as another.

In that case, the news media could be more than part of the story. They could be the story.

Categories: Media Bias