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Peepette
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3/31/2016 9:12:50 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
Came upon this article this morning regarding the media obscuring issues and message of political candidates in an effort to provide entertainment value to its broadcast. Media digging for dirt and pop culture expose' has resulted in the Trump phenomenon we have at present. Thoughts?

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vortex86
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3/31/2016 9:17:52 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/31/2016 9:12:50 PM, Peepette wrote:
Came upon this article this morning regarding the media obscuring issues and message of political candidates in an effort to provide entertainment value to its broadcast. Media digging for dirt and pop culture expose' has resulted in the Trump phenomenon we have at present. Thoughts?

https://www.yahoo.com...

http://www.c-span.org...

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Raisor
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4/1/2016 2:44:18 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/31/2016 9:12:50 PM, Peepette wrote:
Came upon this article this morning regarding the media obscuring issues and message of political candidates in an effort to provide entertainment value to its broadcast. Media digging for dirt and pop culture expose' has resulted in the Trump phenomenon we have at present. Thoughts?

https://www.yahoo.com...

http://www.c-span.org...

I disagree with this. Trump can't be attributed to the media. The attention he got was legitimate- he was a candidate and when candidates do outrageous things it is news. The media has done plenty to try and talk about him as a substantial candidate, and my bet is that the coverage people are criticizing now as being to eager for entertainment will actually play a huge role in people opposing trump in a general election.

Also, trump is playing on real divisions and nationalist sentiment in the gop and right wing. The media didn't create those, they were there and trump is speaking to them.
Peepette
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4/1/2016 3:21:00 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 4/1/2016 2:44:18 PM, Raisor wrote:
At 3/31/2016 9:12:50 PM, Peepette wrote:
Came upon this article this morning regarding the media obscuring issues and message of political candidates in an effort to provide entertainment value to its broadcast. Media digging for dirt and pop culture expose' has resulted in the Trump phenomenon we have at present. Thoughts?

https://www.yahoo.com...

http://www.c-span.org...

I disagree with this. Trump can't be attributed to the media.

Trump has received 2B in free air time, certainly more than any other candidate . His speaking time during debates is also higher than the other contenders. He fuels TV ratings due to his outrageousness. Media does influence the public. They are driven by ratings to make a buck and there is no lack of entertainment value with Trump. As a result, there are multitudes that support him. His vitriol is mimicked by the public without regard that this man would be as good a president and Donald Duck.

The attention he got was legitimate- he was a candidate and when candidates do outrageous things it is news. The media has done plenty to try and talk about him as a substantial candidate, and my bet is that the coverage people are criticizing now as being to eager for entertainment will actually play a huge role in people opposing trump in a general election.

I'll agree to a limited extent here. Now that the of primaries are in full swing and the Trump effect is being realised, the media is doing a bit of back tracking in questioning his viability and suitability as President. This should have been done right out of the gate. When you look at all the air time he has received over other real candidates it's obvious the media was taking the money and running with it to the detriment of the public interest.

Also, trump is playing on real divisions and nationalist sentiment in the gop and right wing. The media didn't create those, they were there and trump is speaking to them.

Yes, we have Bernie on one side and Trump on the other. Now think about early Bernie coverage in the media. He was barely a blip on the map. Until the primaries were underway. He received the least amount of air time.