Blatant press bias

Recently, we witnessed one of the most flagrant, shameless examples of media political bias  toward a candidate for president of the United States in our memory. My wife Barbara and I, both in our 80s, attended a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina held on August 9, 2016 to support Republican candidate Donald Trump. We are politically traditional conservatives and believe that Trump is our only hope to defend the U. S. against corrupt establishment politicians that now control the federal government.

We walked for an hour in “real feel” 100 degree temperatures with thousands of southeastern North Carolinians to get seats in the University of North Carolina Trask Coliseum sponsored by college Republican students.

By 1 p.m. the facility was filled with an estimated 6,000 supporters and a small number of hecklers—Trump correctly calls them “haters.” Thousands more supporters couldn’t get in, but waited outside. All the Trump people we saw were excited, enthusiastic and cheerful. Across the street from the entrance I counted about 50 protesters behind a police fence. The next day a Time Warner “reporter” said that they numbered “thousands.”

Predictably, the August 10th front page headline in the Wilmington StarNews announced Trump suggests taking up arms against Clinton. We had carefully listened to the entire comments by Mr. Trump and heard no such suggestion. Above the lead report by staff writer Tim Buckland the subhead read, “Calls for advocates to challenge court nominees.”

Mr. Buckland quoted what Trump said about our constitutional right to “bear arms”: “If (Clinton) gets to pick her (supreme Court) judges, nothing you can do folks; although the second amendment people maybe there is, I don’t know.” Naturally, Buckland added his incendiary commentary: “It was the latest in a series of controversial statements by the Republican nominee that sparked outrage.”

This was not “controversial” to those of us who understand the constitutional issue, and of course the scintillating “outrage” came from a Clinton campaign manager anxious to help the compliant press create more negative news about Mr. Trump, “What Trump is saying is dangerous.”

Thousands of North Carolinians who support our constitutional rights see Mrs. Clinton as dangerous to our republic based on her history of subversive political activism, rhetoric and deceit, but there was no talk of violence toward her; unless one thinks some “Hillary for Prison” comments promote force.

In fact, except for the first few paragraphs of Buckland’s long article—as a setup for the misleading editorial headlines—most of his report was accurate. And six other StarNews reporters gave fair accounts of the event and interviews without creating inflammatory statements.

The StarNews editorial staff and publisher have a long history of leftist views; as do editorial staffs of most of the major news outlets in the U. S.

Fortunately, there are many alternative news sources in talk radio, journals, books and nonprofit groups we can access that counteract the distortions, lies, and deception supported by the ideological left dominating the daily news cycles.

Also it’s understandable that media people hate Mr. Trump because he publicly calls them out as being “the World’s most dishonest people”—less trustworthy even than Hillary Clinton.

But it will take an educated, rational public to understand who is telling the truth—a rather dismal prospect in this Facebook society.


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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