The ongoing media war on the campaign of Donald Trump, has reached astonishing new heights.
And yet, despite this anti- Trump saturation of American and global news media, to uncover the magnitude of this staggering impartiality, a thorough analysis is required. Turn on virtually any TV channel, pick up any newspaper, listen to any radio source or otherwise, and the chances are wherever you may be, that Donald Trump is receiving a mighty barrage.
Two recent incidents of note have taken the contrived outrage activists, and their media minions by storm; whipping up an extraordinary ruckus, and doing so in the absence of accurate and reasonable reporting.
Take for instance the controversy over the Khan family, that ensued following the Democratic National Convention. Initially Khizr Khan, the father of a slain American- Muslim soldier in Iraq, went after Donald Trump at the DNC in which he asserted; “You have have sacrificed nothing, and no one”. Khan further added insult to injury, when he questioned whether Trump had read the US constitution.
In response, Trump then retaliated by criticizing the behavior of Khan’s wife on the night stating; “If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.”
Of course, such comments were needless to the Trump campaign. But the reactions in the aftermath have seen grossly disproportionate character attacks, in which Trump was accused of ‘insulting a Gold Star family’, and ‘sinking to new lows’, as reflected in the words of Barrack Obama.
But where was the concern of the media, for Patricia Smith, mother of Sean Smith, who was murdered at the US embassy in Benghazi, on September 11, 2012? As Patricia Smith outlined at the Republican National Convention, as Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton directly lied to her about the cause of her son’s death, blaming the tragedy on a amateur youtube video, rather than recognizing the attacker’s Islamist motives. Clinton’s callous lie and insulting behavior towards Patricia Smith, pales in comparison to Trump’s remarks about the Khan’s, and yet, Trump is regarded as ‘sinking to new lows’?
Give me a break.
The media’s latest frenzied attack on Donald Trump has also been comparatively hypocritical. After claiming Hilary Clinton intended to abolish the Second Amendment, Trump then told supporters in North Carolina; “If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don’t know”.
To be fair, these words are again inappropriate, and are especially vague. When reading these remarks, it seems obvious that their wording is ill- defined, and you can probably make a case both ways that potentially Trump was indeed inciting violence against Hilary Clinton, while you can equally argue against such a claim. Certainly, it was something that Trump could have afforded not to say.
However, media consistency is key here, so those lambasting Trump for these comments, and thus using them to justify support of Hilary Clinton, demonstrate an inept and/ or a selective memory.
A bit over 8 years ago, then Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton was under pressure from the front runner Barrack Obama, to pull out of the race, in order to unite the Democratic party. Clinton did later drop out of the race, but not before she hinted at a potential Obama assassination.
“My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. I don’t understand it,” she said, dismissing calls for her to drop out.
Whereas Trump’s wording was overwhelmingly non- specific, this claim from Clinton was far more threatening, given it referred to an actual assassination, when Bob Kennedy was murdered during his run for President in 1968.
There’s no denying that Trump’s allusion to ‘Second Amendment people’, was not only superfluous but foolish to his cause, and can only serve to harm his campaign. Particularly when considering the pro- Clinton biases existing throughout much of the mainstream media.
But to purport that Trump’s recent comments place him in uncharted territory, and that they act to reinforce the superiority of Clinton’s potential temperament as President, is a mighty untruth.