Western Journalism by Jack Davis October 15, 2016 at 8:15am
This summer, the New York Times ruminated and pontificated about the extent to which it was appropriate for journalists opposed to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to allow their bias to color their reporting, deciding in the end that there were more important issues than fairness.
In far less erudite phrases, and with far more passion, the American people this week are telling the media they strongly disagree.
On Thursday night, a massive crowd attending a Trump rally in Cincinnati sounded off when the members of the media pool filed in to take their seats.
Chants of “CNN sucks” and “Tell the truth” echoed, reminiscent of earlier scenes where a Pennsylvania crowd brought a rally to a stop chanting, “CNN sucks.”
Even the Times had to admit the reality.
” … more than 15,000 supporters flashed homemade signs, flipped middle fingers and lashed out in tirades often laced with profanity as journalists made their way to a crammed, fenced-in island in the center of the floor,” it reported,
The Cincinnati crowd was not unique. After the media left a West Palm Beach, Fla., event, crowds called them “press-titutes.”
“Pretty solid mashup of the words ‘press’ and ‘prostitute,” commented John S. Roberts on Young Conservatives. ”After all, the media has whored itself out to the Hillary Clinton campaign.”
“The press deserves to be called out,” he said. “They’ve done a terrible job covering this presidential election, and the people are fed up.”
During the West Palm Beach rally, Trump told his supporters the stakes for this election.
“This is not simply another four-year election. This is a crossroads in the history of our civilization,” Trump said.
“This is a struggle for the survival of our nation. This election will determine whether we are a free nation, or whether we have only the illusion of democracy but are in fact controlled by a small handful of global special interests rigging the system,” he said, noting that the campaign of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is aligned with the media against him.
“Anyone who challenges their control is deemed a sexist, a racist, a xenophobe and morally deformed,” Trump said. “They will attack you, they will slander you, they will seek to destroy your career and reputation. And they will lie, lie and lie even more.”