WASHINGTON: With headlines, the mainstream media is able to direct the national narrative. Headlines told us that Hillary Clinton would win in 2016. They told us Donald Trump would never, ever win. And that somehow, incredulously, Donald Trump is a Russian spy.
Headlines to ponder:
The above MainStream Media headlines are pretty typical. Something that most politics watchers are accustomed to. What is interesting is that they are not recent headlines. They all ran in 2016. Most within a few days of an election in which Donald Trump won.
The individual stories about the polling are even more interesting.
Business Insider had an article just before Labor Day 2016 (the historical “date” of who was going to win) with the headline:
In the Business Insider article, the author writes:
“A poll from Quinnipiac University released on Thursday gave Hillary Clinton a massive advantage over her Republican counterpart, Donald Trump, just 75 days before November’s election.
“The poll put Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, at 51% and Trump, the Republican nominee, at 41% in a head-to-head matchup.
“‘ We are starting to hear the faint rumblings of a Hillary Clinton landslide as her 10-point lead is further proof that Donald Trump is in a downward spiral as the clock ticks,’ Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement.”
Main Stream Media CNN Politics wrote “New poll shows Clinton over Trump by double-digits” just weeks before election day 2016.
The article argues:
“Hillary Clinton has a 12-point lead over Donald Trump and has reached 50% support nationally among likely voters, a new ABC News tracking poll shows.”
“The poll shows Clinton with 50% support to Trump’s 38%…”
“The poll comes on the heels of the third presidential debate, which a post-debate CNN/ORC snap poll showed Clinton won.
“The ABC News survey’s results show Clinton with a 20-point advantage among women, and a 3-point edge with men — a group that has tilted toward Trump for most of the 2016 race.”
Fortune wrote in late October 2016 about the “3 unlikely” scenarios that could result in a Trump win: an “October surprise,” “another Wikileaks bomb,” or the “polls are just wrong.”
So “wrong” was right, but none of the news is doing any serious research as to why.
The article began “noting”:
“As of October 1st of this election cycle, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was up by 2.6 points over Republican nominee Donald Trump. Since then, Clinton has widened her lead by 5.5 points, according to RealClearPolitics. Based on the history of US Presidential elections going back to 1980, Clinton’s lead looks formidable. In fact, according to FiveThirtyEight, the probability of Trump winning is now down to just 12.7%.”
This writer’s favorite Main Stream Media Headline came from the UK’s The Telegraph, with
“Hillary Clinton so far ahead in polls that she ‘doesn’t even think about’ Donald Trump anymore.”
Classic hubris. The article states:
“Buoyed by a double-digit lead in some national polls, Mrs. Clinton has said she is now looking past Mr. Trump entirely, and will no longer counter allegations made by her rival.
“‘ I don’t even think about responding to him anymore,’ Mrs. Clinton said when asked about Mr. Trump’s charge that American media outlets are in cahoots with her presidential campaign.”
A humorous statement knowing the results of the 2016 Presidential election.
So what is behind the confusion?
An article by USA Business Radio sums it up well. It begins with the simple headline, “The Media vs. Trump.”
If you support Trump, which has a solid base of well over 30 percent, even in the most hostile of media, the vast majority of them see the main stream media as the enemy of their candidate.
Frustrating and confusing it is a natural part of that voting block.
This writer believes that the group lied about who they were voting for and will do so again in 2020.
Not only do they do it because of their disdain for the media, but some have also even more sinister concerns. Others still are embarrassed to be seen as a Trump supporter in light of how the media portrays him and perceived by the broader culture.
The aforementioned USA Business Radio article went deep into the constant negative stories about Trump and concluded
“The polls suggest anti-Trump Democrats love that kind of news, pro-Trump Republicans hate it — while the national media are cementing their reputation as biased partisans. Their hostility against the White House is now so obvious, nobody could possibly take them seriously if they ever again claim to be fair and non-partisan professionals.”
Alternatively, maybe they do take the media seriously and treat them like the enemy that Trump has often described them. Ironically, the media continues to be duped by its own misguided and inaccurate polls.