Let’s be honest for a moment, a lot of the media is terrible. I’m probably considered “part of the media” myself, but I’m well aware of just how bad much of it has become.
Granted, that’s not all the media’s fault. The truth is, they’re being driven by ratings, website traffic and revenue – which are all determined by what we, the public at large, are reading or watching; sadly, it’s mostly garbage.
There’s a reason why The Huffington Post and their endless onslaught of sexually themed articles written by unpaid interns, or Buzzfeed and its unrelenting stream of online quizzes and cat videos, are both worth over a billion dollars.
But what we’re seeing more and more in the mainstream media, especially as it relates to politics, is artificially created drama.
Take for instance two aspects of this very occurrence that happened on Sunday relating to Bernie Sanders.
The first came during an interview with ABC News where Sanders was asked if he thought Hillary Clinton was “honest and trustworthy.” Well, here was his answer:
I have a lot of respect for Hillary Clinton. She is somebody I have known for 25 years. I am not going to be engaging in personal attacks against her. I’m not going to be engaging in personal attacks against her. She and I disagree on many issues. The American people want a serious debate about serious issues, not personal attacks.
Now, that’s basically the perfect response to that question. He was respectful and professional while avoiding the clear attempt to goad him into personally attacking or bashing Clinton, because it’s obvious that’s what Jonathan Karl was trying to get him to do. The entire pattern of questions he asked was leading up to that very question (which he asked last), hoping to get the big headline, “Sanders says Clinton isn’t trustworthy.”
Well, I say good for Sanders for recognizing what was going on and avoiding Karl’s clear attempt to create that headline.
But then that’s when the pro-Sanders aspects of the liberal media kicked in and twisted his comments around to try to make him appear that he attacked Clinton – the very thing he was obviously trying not to do.
Throughout the day I saw several headlines written along the lines of:
Bernie Sanders Won’t Say Whether Hillary Clinton is Honest and Trustworthy
So, even when Sanders avoided the attempt by Karl to get him to bash Clinton – the pro-Sanders liberal media websites and blogs simply distorted his comments to make it appear as if that’s exactly what he did. Because the headline “Bernie Sanders Says He Respects Hillary Clinton, Refuses to Personally Attack Her” just doesn’t quite sell an article as well.
Except, that headline is accurate based upon his actual comments.
Though I couldn’t help but notice the glaring hypocrisy of many of these blogs and websites that support Sanders based on their belief that he’s above the fray of the normal petty personal attacks that often consume our political process; many of the same websites and random liberal bloggers that then purposely distorted the context of what he said so that it would appear that he did something that he specifically said in his comments he didn’t want to do, which was personally attack Hillary Clinton.
Watch the interview below via ABC News: