I’ve been predicting it for weeks, and now it’s plainly obvious: The media is doing its best to make the 2016 presidential election as close as possible because they need drama to drive ratings. And with Hillary Clinton approaching double-digit leads over Donald Trump just a few weeks ago, I knew the media was going to desperately try to bring these polling results closer together.
That’s why I wasn’t shocked or surprised when several polls came out on Wednesday showing Trump making huge gains on Clinton. Like I said, based on what I’ve been seeing in the media lately, I’ve been predicting that’s what was going to happen for a while now.
Wednesday was unique because of a few stories that made the rounds, how they were covered and which ones were or weren’t emphasized by the media. One of the bigger stories yesterday centered around medical reports released by both Clinton and Trump.
Well — sort of.
You see, one presidential candidate released a fairly detailed medical report that follows up another fairly detailed medical report from last year from their doctor declaring them perfectly healthy enough to serve as president.
Meanwhile, the other went on television with “Dr. Oz” to showcase what was apparently a one-page summary written by the same doctor who declared last year that his patient would be the “healthiest person ever elected to the presidency.”
Now I couldn’t help but notice the hypocrisy in all of this. If Clinton had chosen to go on “Dr. Oz” to hang with a TV con man and showcase her one-page medical report, she would have been absolutely crushed in the media. Yet, Trump does it and the media couldn’t have seemed to care less.
People in attendance even said Dr. Oz seemed surprised by Trump’s health, with the doctor remarking that Trump’s cholesterol was at such a good level that you typically only see that with much younger people.
So, let me get this straight. A 70-year-old man who’s somewhat overweight, who admits that he doesn’t exercise regularly, and has a well-known affinity for fast food, has cholesterol that’s comparable to someone who’s much younger?
Yeah, I’m not buying that.
I’m not going to claim there’s a conspiracy going on here, but I don’t remotely trust Trump or his doctor. Especially after they legitimately tried to pass off that other “medical evaluation” last year, which seemed as if it was almost certainly written (or at least heavily influenced by) Trump himself.
It’s just amazing to me how Clinton’s health is constantly discussed even though besides falling ill to pneumonia there’s been absolutely no reason to assume she’s unhealthy. Meanwhile, the most “transparent” Trump has been about his own health is a one-page letter he gave to “Dr. Oz” written by the same doctor who wrote his last joke of a “medical evaluation.”
Then there was all the talk about Colin Powell’s hacked emails. You know, because those matter.
Spoiler alert: He doesn’t like Trump, not a huge fan of Clinton, said Bill is still having affairs and thought Benghazi was a “witch hunt.”
Oh, then there was Trump getting silenced by a pastor of a black church in Flint, Michigan after he began bashing Clinton. I get why people wanted to hear about this, but it didn’t matter one bit. Basically he tried to give a speech, veered off the topic he was supposed to stay on, a pastor was very polite in reminding him he wasn’t there to give a political speech and he was actually very respectful toward Rev. Faith Green Timmons.
It might have optically made for a great, viral story — but it was not a huge deal by any means.
Meanwhile, the topics that continued to dominate the day over these other stories was Clinton’s health and Powell’s emails — which also weren’t always kind to Hillary.
Then there were those polls that came out which everyone was so enamored with. Mind you, most of the polls that I saw being discussed were taken toward the middle to end of last week, then cut off on Monday. Clinton’s coughing attack from last week, and subsequent near-fainting on Sunday, were clearly weighing heavily on a lot of people’s minds. That’s going to impact her numbers — fairly significantly.
As I’ve been saying for a while now, until we have our first debate, I’m not paying much attention to poll numbers. Let’s see these two face off where the issues have to be discussed (something that’s rarely done in the media), then we’ll see how each performs in the polls.
Aside from all of the polls, the emails, and the discussion of Clinton’s health, do you know what I rarely heard mentioned yesterday?
The very in-depth investigation done by Newsweek which essentially linked Trump’s businesses with shady business dealings that they found could put our nation’s security at risk. In fact, many of the business connections they found come from international financiers who’ve been tied to controversial and illegal activities — which were not disclosed in his campaign’s financial filings with the Federal Election Commission.
Here was this damning report linking Trump’s businesses to some extremely alarming business dealings — all while he continues to refuse to release his tax returns (which were hardly mentioned by anyone on Wednesday) — yet I hardly saw this report mentioned at all.
Oh — but had one of Clinton’s emails from the State Department been linked to a foundation donor who requested a handshake from a congressman, you can bet your ass that story would have been all over almost every major news network.
It is absolutely ridiculous how Clinton is scrutinized, criticized and painted as this nefarious evil genius who’s constantly surrounded by scandal, even though all these “scandals” ultimately turn out to be nothing.
Meanwhile, Trump’s last campaign manager abruptly quit after he was linked to pro-Russian groups directly trying to undermine U.S. policy in eastern Europe; our security organizations have essentially proven that the Russian government is behind the hacking of the DNC in what appears to be a deliberate attempt to help elect Trump; reports continue to swirl about shady business dealings that could very well threaten our national security if he’s elected; Trump continues to refuse to release his tax returns and continues to use an excuse that even the IRS has said is a lie about why he won’t release them; and the best we know about his medical records is a one-page letter from a doctor who seems less than credible which he revealed on “Dr. Oz” — and the media seems to never want to point out just how ridiculous all of that is.
Nope, they would much rather obsess about Clinton’s emails for the 4,948th time; the fact she reacted fairly commonly to having pneumonia and being out in the hot sun on antibiotics (which you’re not supposed to do); continue to try to vilify her foundation that has an A-rating and spends 90 percent of the money it raises on charitable causes; talk about Powell’s pointless emails; and constantly try to paint Clinton as some underhanded, untrustworthy candidate so they can then report about how “untrustworthy” the American people think she is — when the way the media covers her is exactly why they think that.
What I witnessed on Wednesday terrified me. It was the first time throughout this campaign that I got the feeling Donald Trump could very well win in November. And if he does, our media’s piss-poor job of treating him more like a reality TV star they’re using to boost their ratings — instead of like they would any other presidential candidate, Democrat or Republican — will be a big reason why this country makes one of the biggest mistakes in our entire history.
As voters, we all must come together to tell the media it’s about damn time they start doing their jobs, because this joke has gone on long enough. Feel free to hit me up on Twitter or Facebook and let me know what you think.
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