The sheer volume of Trump coverage, versus that devoted to Hillary Clinton, is amazingly unbalanced. Sure, he drives more clicks and ratings. Sure, this helped him in the primaries, though much of it was negative and Trump drove the coverage by dominating the dialogue and constantly granting interviews. But the press helped turn the general election into a referendum on Trump.
Take yesterday’s two-page New York Times spread on all the targets Trump has insulted on Twitter, from Maureen Dowd, Glenn Beck and Fox News to Macy’s and Major League Baseball. All his words, so it’s fair game. But where is the comparable compilation of all the insults from in Clinton camp emails revealed by Wikileaks?
I have no quarrel with the New York Times publishing Trump’s tax returns or the Washington Post investigating the Trump Foundation or posting the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape. But can anyone really say there’s been a comparable vetting of the Democratic nominee, even allowing for the fact that she’s been in politics for three decades?
Carl Cannon, executive editor of Real Clear Politics—and no Trump admirer—says that if Clinton wins, “the 2016 election will be remembered as one in which much of the mainstream media all but admitted aligning itself with the Democratic Party.