This year’s election is certainly one that will go down in history, for how monumentally horrible it’s been. This year we have four options: Jill Stein and Gary Johnson, both of whom are virtual unknowns, and then we have Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, two of the worst candidates we could possibly have. Throughout the primary and general elections, Trump has said some very irresponsible, insensitive and outright stupid things offending a great number of people.
Meanwhile, Clinton and the Democratic National Committee have committed highly unethical borderline criminal behavior. Now while both candidates are undoubtedly bad, it can be difficult to get an honest sense of who is the best when the main stream media reports the news based on their own biases.
As I was watching the media coverage of this election, I noticed that main stream news outlets were giving favorable reports of one candidate over the other. To confirm this bias, I went to CNN.com and searched both Trump and Clinton. After looking at a number of articles, I found that only 24 percent of articles were in Trumps favor while 76 percent were negative.
When I looked for articles regarding Hillary Clinton, I found that 70 percent of articles were favorable to Clinton and only 30 percent were negative.
Considering everything that has happened surrounding Clinton, her collapsing in public, the DNC emails, her private server and FBI investigation, I feel like that 70 percent of the articles being favorable is a clear bias. On the opposite end, Trump’s articles being 76 percent negative shows a clear bias against him.
This bias may shift since CNN recently hired Trump’s former campaign manager as a commentator. Monica Haynes formerly of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said, “I think that the media, especially television news, has nearly given up its journalism role, in the 2016 presidential election. For example, CNN hired Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, as a political commentator, while Lewandowski is still on Trump’s payroll.”
He added, “How can anyone expect to get an unbiased opinion from him. They don’t. But neither does the public get unbiased reports from Fox News, which leans greatly to the right nor MSNBC, which leans left. Newspapers have done a much better job of vetting the candidates, especially Trump since he’s never run for public office before.
I’m greatly disappointed by the failure of the media to do its job to the fullest. We have a whole generation that doesn’t know what real journalism is.”
A writer for the Huffington Post, Christian Gabriel, made his bias quite clear in a blog post titled “If You Don’t Vote Democrat This November, Then F*ck You.” Gabriel wrote, “Honestly, I don’t give a f*ck how you feel about any candidate. It’s absolutely irrelevant to me. If you are a person with a soul, who wants to see any further good develop from mankind in the next four years, you will do whatever you can to stop Donald Trump from becoming the President of the United States.”
This post also included a picture that implied that if Trump wins the election, America will be turned into some sort of post-apocalyptic horror-scape. While the Trump campaign has begun trying to shift bias in favor of the republican candidate, the recent DNC email leak has revealed their engagement in similar activities for some time.
In the emails released by Wiki-Leaks, it was revealed that notable figures in the DNC, including its former head Debbie Wasserman Schultz, contacted various media outlets including Politico, NBC and the Washington Post regarding their coverage of Clinton. It was reported that the Washington Post even held a fundraiser for Clinton and failed to disclose it. The only reason it’s known is due to the leak.
I personally interviewed two girls about the election to see how the media may have colored their views. One girl said that she would be voting for Trump this election and both agreed that Clinton seemed out of touch and cold. When asked where they received coverage of the election, they said they mainly heard it from social media platforms like Twitter.
It has become frighteningly clear that we can no longer trust the mainstream media to give us the facts. Therefore, we must seek out the truth for ourselves and take everything we hear and read with a pile of salt.