A segment of CNN’s Reliable Sources - a weekly show ostensibly dedicated to critical analysis of the media landscape - asked a question about Donald Trump that it would never ask about Hillary Clinton.
The segment’s graphical banner read: IS THE PRESS SCRUTINIZING TRUMP ENOUGH?
Lamenting Trump’s ascendance despite its best efforts to destroy him in coordination with similarly aligned left-wing media, guests Jeff Greenfield, Frank Sesno, and Juana Summers all agreed that the New York City billionaire’s resilience of political support withstands what they described as his lies, lack of substance, and offensive statements.
Distressed that the left-wing political rulebook to which most Republicans adhere has been ripped apart by Trump, Greenfield fretted over the Republican front-runner’s supporters. Greenfield seemed unable to countenance growing public distrust for his profession and this phenomenon’s facilitation of Trump’s rise.
“It seems that the laws of political gravity have been suspended, if not repealed,” whined Greenfield. “Trump’s supporters, they believe that anything bad said about Trump by the media isn’t true, or they don’t care!”
Sesno, a professor of media and government at George Washington University, jumped in to push the narrative of Trump’s insufficient provision of details in the dimension of policy proposals. He demanded that the “dynamic must change” within the media to further challenge Trump.
Summers, the political editor of Mashable, echoed the narrative of Trump lacking specifics with respect to his policy proposals.
Nobody should should hold his or her breath waiting for CNN to challenge the media to be tougher on Clinton with respect to:
What exactly she did on September 11, 2012, while Americans were in peril and under attack by Islamic terrorists in Benghazi, Libya;
Allegations of peddling political influence and laundering money through her ostensibly charitable Clinton Foundation;
Her likely criminal use of an private email server with which to execute governmental communications in her former capacity as Secretary of State;
Reports that she used intimidation to silence women who claimed to be victims of sexual assault and rape committed by her husband;
Any of her policy proposal or political narratives that form their foundation.
In a later, segment Stelter asked Trump supporter Roger Stone whether or not American politics were being harmed by the fusion of entertainment and politics, which he primarily attributed to real estate mogul. No such questions were asked about President Barack Obama, who has pioneered this unification of politics with popular culture.
See the excerpt below.
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