For those who thought media bias against Donald Trump would stop after his election to the presidency, Trump’s interview with 60 Minutes conclusively demonstrated how wrong that idea was.
CBS News’ Leslie Stahl desperately attempted to blame Trump for violence breaking out across the country. Here was Stahl:
It has been five full days since the election and anti-Trump demonstrations, driven in part by Hillary Clinton’s edge in the popular vote, have been significant. When we interviewed him on Friday afternoon Mr. Trump said he had not heard about some of the acts of violence that are popping up in his name…or against his supporters. Nor he said had he heard about reports of racial slurs and personal threats against African Americans, Latinos and gays by some of his supporters.
Trump, you see, is ignorant. And it’s all his fault! Meanwhile, we’re all watching mass protests and rioting on our television against Trump. Yet Stahl worked to make Trump the problem, not the solution. Here’s how their exchange went:
Donald Trump: I am very surprised to hear that-- I hate to hear that, I mean I hate to hear that--
Lesley Stahl: But you do hear it?
Donald Trump: I don’t hear it—I saw, I saw one or two instances…
Lesley Stahl: On social media?
Donald Trump: But I think it’s a very small amount. Again, I think it’s--
Lesley Stahl: Do you want to say anything to those people?
Donald Trump: I would say don’t do it, that’s terrible, ‘cause I’m gonna bring this country together.
Lesley Stahl: They’re harassing Latinos, Muslims--
Donald Trump: I am so saddened to hear that. And I say, “Stop it.” If it-- if it helps. I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it.
We don’t have Stahl’s original question to Trump – but from the content of the exchange, it seems like she focused almost exclusively on violence by Trump supporters, most of which appears to be unfounded. This is asinine. It’s also disingenuous. Stahl seems quite concerned about violence surrounding Trump’s election. But CBS News held tape of Trump condemning the violence and telling people to cut it out for three days. If they truly cared about tamping down violence, why not release it right away?
Because the media don’t care about the violence. They just care about blaming Trump for violence. That’s why the media never put pressure on Barack Obama to condemn riots in cities across the United States, even as Obama and his Department of Justice justified them. That’s why the media never cared about asking Hillary Clinton about violence against Trump supporters during the campaign.
Violence only matters if it can be blamed on those the left-wing media hates. Otherwise, it’s a tool for change. Just ask media darling DeRay McKesson, who is feted at the White House, or the members of Occupy Wall Street – but if any Republican goes to a Tea Party rally, they’re the problem.
Don’t expect the media to change. But if they don’t want to destroy their own credibility permanently, they’d better start treating more honestly with the American people.