Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush famously said in November that the Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump was playing the media “like a fiddle.”
He was absolutely right.
The foul-mouthed mogul, who has also been a reality television personality, certainly knows how to stay in the news.
But what many people, including Bush, fail to point out is that the media too likes to keep Donald Trump in the news for one simple, yet tragic, reason: Trump sells.
News organizations love covering the boorish billionaire’s outrageous statements and theatrics because television viewers, unfortunately, want to watch all of that stuff.
Later, as Trump took to the podium in Jupiter, Florida, to brag about his latest triumph — he actually said, “The only person who did well tonight is Donald Trump” — Clinton also went on stage to thank her supporters in Cleveland, Ohio.
But here’s what all major news channels were broadcasting as Clinton spoke:
clinton speaking. meanwhile pic.twitter.com/fDJPzHmuDP— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) March 9, 2016
Of course, other people also noticed the same thing:
All of the cable news channels are carrying Trump's speech over Clinton’s.— Hunter Schwarz (@hunterschwarz) March 9, 2016
Somebody tell Sam Feist at CNN that it's time to drop Trump and go with some news, and other candidates.— Stuart Rothenberg (@StuPolitics) March 9, 2016
Not a single network aired a single minute of Clinton's speech. Tell me more about how the "liberal media" is in the tank for Democrats.— Zacharia Wahls (@ZachWahls) March 9, 2016
Sure, Clinton’s speeches are not as colorful and incendiary — or bigoted — as Trump’s but she is, nevertheless, the Democratic presidential front-runner and deserves the same coverage. In fact, the same goes for all candidates.
The mainstream media undoubtedly plays a major role in enabling Trump. By paying attention to each and every word he utters, news channels and papers have somehow made the public numb to his racist, sexist and xenophobic views — and that’s not OK.
News channels have a responsibility to be truthful and unbiased. By choosing Trump over other candidates, they are certainly not fulfilling a very important journalistic obligation.