Originally Posted by UnFacconable
The irony of the talk about the biased liberal media is that the worst thing the media ever did to conservatives in this country was give Trump billions in free media. Hateful, poly-phobic conservatives were drawn like moths to a flame and unable to support anyone else once they saw how closely Trump represented their horrible views.
I think it was motivated by profit instead of political bias but the effect is the same. Reasonable politicians like Kasich never stood a chance and the conservatives of our country got what they deserve.
I can't wait to see all the Trump supporters like "Call Sean Hannity" pretend like they never liked Trump once he loses in an epic landslide.
It wasn't just free media either, they normalized Trump as a political candidate. There was one week in particular where all of the broadcast news networks seemingly simultaneously accepted Trump as the nominee and started talking horserace as normal. They all had Trump proxies on their panels, talked about Trump policies with a straight face like he was a more or less conventional politician. It gave him a huge amount of credibility and mainstream validity that he had done very little to earn.
They also have a pretty big vested interest in maintaining a close race. Blowouts are bad for ratings. When Clinton was pulling way ahead back in August, they pretty much let off Trump and dove in on the Clinton Foundation and whatever else. They uncritically accepted the hilariously low expectations for Trump for the debates.
I don't think it's deliberate, they're just chasing their financial incentives on top of having some built in biases (all campaigns must be covered as horseraces because that's what we do).