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    Is the media using Trump or is Trump using the media?

    Is the media using Trump or is Trump using the media?

    A complicated relationship

    So who’s using whom?

    Rush Limbaugh says that Trump has the media frustrated and wrapped around his little finger:

    …[T]hey can’t take him out. They can’t stop covering him. They can’t humiliate him. They can’t embarrass him. They can’t diminish his support. They’re powerless, and this has them in a panic. The media that can make-or-break anybody cannot touch Trump, and every time they try, all they do is make him bigger. They can’t explain this. They are frustrated to no end, and so are both political parties who rely on the media to be the great equalizer in all of this.

    Nothing’s working. No matter what Trump says, the media is there, and every member of the media is there. Every network, every camera, every microphone is there.

    There’s no question Trump is getting more coverage than anyone else, by a huge margin. YUUUGE! So perhaps Limbaugh is right, and Trump is having a good laugh on a media that can’t do a thing about him except his bidding, and is instrumental in getting him more and more attention even though they don’t want to do it.

    But here’s an alternate theory, one I happen to ascribe to.

    It’s true that the media knows that Trump is the story of the election. He’s exciting; people are entertained by watching him. So the media gets a lot out of covering him—more readers and viewers. Remember, though, that the vast majority of the MSM is on the left, and much of what they do is with the intention of directing their readers and viewers to what’s so dreadful about Trump, and of energizing Democratic voters so that, if Trump becomes the Republican nominee, voters will feel they must vote for the sane person—who would be Hillary—even if they don’t much like her.

    I have believed from the very start of Trump’s campaign that the MSM (except for the MSM on the right, which is a very small group compared to the liberal MSM) would very much like Trump to be the Republican nominee. It’s the media and the pundits on the right who for the most part are frustrated that Trump has risen so high and has become the front runner in the Republican field. The media on the left is somewhat happy, because they believe very strongly that if nominated he will lose, and they believe that his chances of losing are greater than those of certain other candidates such as, for example, Rubio (and polls have borne that out, at least so far).

    I think the liberal and leftist media may be correct about Trump’s relative weakness in the general against Hillary, although of course that situation could change and he could start showing more strength against her as time goes on. But more importantly, they think they’re correct and that he would lose to her. So for them, covering Trump is win/win. They get ratings. And although they’re not trying to destroy him—not for now—they dearly want him to be the nominee, and they’re confident they can destroy him later, or that he will end up self-destructing with the majority of Americans.

    They might be right or they might be wrong. But they think they own him in the sense of using him to fit their purposes, not the other way around.

    [Neo-neocon is a writer with degrees in law and family therapy, who blogs at neo-neocon.]


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    Midwest Rhino | December 29, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Hillary said wants a campaign based in love, starting with her bashing Trump apparently. But while she bent over for more mud, Trump pushed her in the mudpit, her own slime pit of abuse of Bill’s victims, her high crimes and misdemeanors, and her constant lies.

    Media will try to destroy any Republican, and perhaps only Trump has the celebrity appeal and power to reach around that, and even use some jujitsu to flip the mudslingers in the pit. Hillary has many awful things that she and her MSM declared old news and/or off limits, which Trump will throw right in her face in prime time. People will cheer instead of gasping, that the queen of mean is facing the music.

    Cruz has done some of that, but my concern is he won’t have RINOs AND he won’t win moderates. His Iowa numbers seem to depend on his big reach out to evangelicals, and his constitutional capabilities unfortunately don’t have broad appeal. RedEye last night was calling him “creepy”, or that he has some weird qualities. He’s fine with me, but I hear many say that, even “real” conservatives.

    Media makes a lot of money on Trump as he draws ratings. They do lean left, but they love the money. And if there are any actual journalists tired of the Obama/Hillary 7 years of lies and obstruction, maybe they quietly would prefer a President Trump. Hillary would keep them behind the ropes, and their FOIA requests will come up empty.

    the corralled reporters

    gulfbreeze | December 29, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    “Hill didn’t realize that life insurance policies didn’t cover deaths that occur by suicide.”

    A not quite accurate generalization. I’m not an insurance agent, nor do I work for any related business. Just want to clarify for the benefit of anyone that may fail to claim benefits under a life insurance policy due to a suicide by the insured….

    Usually (with the standard disclaimer that any particular life insurance policy may differ), suicide clauses in life insurance policies state that no death benefit will be paid if the insured commits suicide within two years of taking out the policy.

    Mercyneal | December 29, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    I am not wild about Trump but am loving that he brought up Bill’s history with other women. Hillary and her campaign must be apoplectic. They got away in 2008 without anyone talking about it.

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