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The Mainstream Media and the debasing of US Presidential elections

November 9, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, On Donald Trump Administration

By Tunde Olupitan

The Mainstream Media (“MSM) has a lot to answer for. It has dragged these US presidential elections into the gutters.

The MSM, no longer the dominant source of news for many people, and in competition with social media, has fashioned itself, haphazardly, in the image of its foe. It has resorted to peddling gossip and rumour, shunning any attempt at true journalism, in-depth analysis, and preferring drivel to substance in its grand attempt to take their preferred candidate, Hillary Clinton to the White House.

They have traded good reporting for soundbites, passing up reality show materials for real news. The release of the Trump tapes by the MSM was intended to prove what? Their energy would have been better utilised if they had concentrated on their candidate’s strong points – a seasoned public servant and her policies for the future. They did not heed Michelle Obama’s words ‘when they go low, you go high’. They decided to enter into the trenches with Trump. The tapes served their purpose, but it debased the US Presidential Elections process. Trump responded and brought 4 Clinton accusers to a Presidential debate, raking up the potential first husband’s past indiscretions and Clinton’s indiscretions about her 33,000 deleted emails.

 
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About the Author

Tunde Olupitan is the Managing Editor Europe & Americas for The European Financial Review, The European Business Review and The European Law Review.

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