The news cycle the last year has followed a pattern like this: Trump says or does something, the media presents his statement or action as horrifically bad. Some criticize Trump and some criticize the media. Trump doesn’t back down, of course. He says the same thing again, or something worse, and the cycle continues.
I am not just running against Crooked Hillary Clinton, I am running against the very dishonest and totally biased media - but I will win!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2016
45 reasons why Trump should never be president—just from this week alone. https://t.co/0cJ6fQeepR— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 7, 2016
In five simple steps, the cycle is this:
- Trump: “X.”
- Mainstream Media: “Trump said X. He is ill-suited, unqualified, bigoted, and bad!”
- Breitbart, Drudge, and Trumpkins: “The Mainstream Media said Trump is bad, they are biased!”
- #NeverTrumpers and Leftists: “Trumpkins said the Mainstream Media is biased; they are deceived, blind, fools.”
- Trump: “X.”
(The last element in the cycle is Clinton: “Dear God please let Trump self-destruct or let the media destroy him. That’s my only hope!”)
It is “obvious” to one side that what Trump said was really bad , and “obvious” to the other side that what the Media said was really bad. I’ve had many arguments in person, by email, and on Facebook about Trump and the news this last year or so. It’s never been “obvious” to either side that the other side’s point of view is true.
What do you make if this cycle? Is there a way to break the cycle?
(Update: Trump won. So the cycle will continue.)