The mainstream media, especially the New York Times, Washington Post, and CNN, has been getting more hysterical each day during Donald Trump’s campaign. Their coverage has probably hurt Trump at the margins, though the returns to the manufactured outrage are diminishing. The conservative “never-Trump” crowd is not much more credible or insightful.
There is no doubt that these outlets are investing heavily to dig up whatever they can, while the bar for outrage among persuadable voters grows higher and the MSM increasingly finds itself shouting inside an echo chamber inhabited by its already-virtuous anti-Trump readers. What might they come up with?
We previously speculated that the media would pursue the tried-and-true strategy of linking Trump’s family to the Nazis, however dubious any connection might be. No doubt they are soliciting any leaks they can find about Trump’s health and finances.
It’s astonishing that someone who has employed thousands of people over the years in the inherently rough-and-tumble realm of urban real estate development hasn’t been tarred with claims of unlawful business practices. (A few stories about the visa statuses of Melania Trump or models he’s engaged don’t amount to much.) No alleged unpaid wages, illegal employees, discrimination, shady permits, safety code violations, or, the holy grail, sexual harassment by some Trump office manager? At a minimum, no disgruntled former employees who will complain about what a horrible boss he is? (The public seems to understand that a few lawsuits and bankruptcies among thousands of real-estate ventures are normal in America.) In reality, all of the evidence suggests that Trump is an exemplary businessman and employer.
We are holding our breath awaiting whatever scurrilous charges the press comes up with. Perhaps it will be the conservative media, which is less lazy and even more motivated to stop Trump than is the mainstream media, that strikes hardest.