Hillary: Media coverage is biased against Democrats
Is Hillary Clinton always this out of touch, or is today just a very special occasion?
The former Democratic Party presidential nominee actually believes most media coverage is biased against Democrats.
‘Right-wing advocacy propaganda’
Clinton made her argument Tuesday during a “Pod Save America” podcast, which is put on by four former aides to President Obama: Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovette and Tommy Vietor. She claimed Democrats are at a “disadvantage” when it comes to news reporting.
“I think we are facing a couple of very difficult obstacles,” she said. “First, the other side has dedicated propaganda channels. That’s what I call Fox News. It has outlets like Breitbart and crazy Infowars and things like that. In this particular election, it was aided and abetted by the Russians and the role that Facebook and other platforms played. We are late to that. You know, we did not understand how a reality TV campaign would so dominate the media environment. And I confess, I was trying to do everything I could to build on the success of President Obama’s campaign. I had a lot of people you guys know involved in the campaign. We were really proud of it, but boy it was tough to break through.
“So I think the Democrats can do a lot, but they are still going to face a very difficult media environment. And we’ve got to figure out how we’re going to break through. I mean, obviously, more podcasts, more other ways of communicating so voices can be heard and real positions can be understood is part of it. But we’re still at a disadvantage.”
Hillary also ripped Democrats for not being “more willing to invest in media that can be competitive.”
“Cause what you’ve got is a right-wing advocacy propaganda, and you’ve got a kind of mainstream media that engages in false equivalency,” she charged.
Democrats, she said, have a difficult time “trying to navigate through that, to get the coverage that is really going to reflect he reality that you’re facing out there on the campaign.”
Study: 91 percent of Trump news coverage is negative
Ironically, Hillary made her statements on the same day findings from a new study by the Media Research Center revealed broadcast evening newscasts have been downright hostile in their coverage of President Trump.
Hillary is right about one thing: Trump still dominates the nightly news. Since his inauguration Jan. 20, President Trump has received more media coverage than President Obama received in his last two years as president.
But that media coverage hasn’t favored the president.
“Analyzing the networks’ spin makes it clear that the goal of all of this heavy coverage is not to promote the president, but to punish him,” reported NewsBusters, a website of the Media Research Center, or MRC. “In June, July and August, broadcast evening news coverage of Trump was 91 percent negative — worse than the astounding 89 percent negative spin we calculated during the first three months of the administration, usually a traditional honeymoon period for new presidents.”