If you’ve been following the Republican primary this season, you’ve no doubt heard how Donald Trump is free from the shackles of big money donors because he is self-funded. Beside the fact that his claims aren’t factually incorrect, as those in politics like to say when they lie, the primary reason Trump is able to operate in this manner is the boatload of free advertising the former reality TV star is getting from the left-wing media.
In a just released report, the New York Times has documented how the Trump campaign has been the beneficiary of nearly $2 billion in free media coverage, primarily on television.
To give that number a little perspective, media darling Hillary Clinton is next on the list garnering approximately $746 million. And the current group of remaining Republican candidates—Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich—only amount to around $550 million combined.
Clearly, the media loves The Donald, and they are clearly guilty of no being fair and balanced; including the network that claims they are.
Why would the media, with its long track record of pro-Democrat, pro-liberal broadcasting be soooooo in love with Trump? Most likely it’s for the same reason it favored John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012 — they are convinced that Trump gives the Democrats the best chance to win in November.
And current polling indicates that they might be right.
In the 49 national polls since the beginning of May 2015, Trump only led Hillary in five, was tied in two, and lost 42, according to the national poll averaging of Real Clear Politics. Add to this Trump’s frequent foot-in-mouth incidents about women, minorities and protesters, and the Clinton media will have all they need to keep things in Hillary’s favor.
So, the next time you hear Trump brag about how he is paying his own way, remember this: it’s only possible because the media is working for Hillary.
David Leach is the owner and publisher of The Strident Conservative, your source for news and opinion that’s politically-incorrect and always “right.”
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