Filtering The Election
Publisher: Media Lens
Date Written: 18/11/2016
Year Published: 2016
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20195
Examining the mainstream media's role in the 2016 US election of suppressing criticisms of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party establishment.
The risk of boosting Trump was thus balanced by the need to take advantage of a limited period when mass media are, or ought to be, obliged to honestly compare the words and deeds of the leading candidates. In other words, despite Trump's awfulness, there was a strong moral case for drawing attention to Clinton's record of reducing Libya to a ruin a war crime known in Washington as 'Hillary's war' of fuelling a hideous war in Syria, supporting the overthrow of the Honduran government, and so on.
'Mainstream' media did not merely support Clinton, they declared propaganda war on Trump. As we have seen in this brief sample, even BBC journalists thought nothing of ridiculing Trump's 'narcissistic personality disorder' unthinkable language from a BBC reporter describing an Obama, a Cameron, or indeed a Clinton.