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Wed Feb 17, 2016, 11:08 PM

 

The Cause of This Nightmare Election? Media Greed and Shameless Traffic Worship

The Subprime-itization of Our Media Has Created Our Toxic Election

I am talking, of course, about our media system. A system in which tens of thousands of reporters—bloggers—chasing online traffic bonuses produce sensational, inflammatory and outright dangerous “news” at the expense of the public they are supposed to be serving. A system in which speculative, high valence news—whether it starts as a tweet or a rumor—is packaged, dissected, repacked, and passed along from outlet to outlet until a thinking person can hardly follow what is real and what is fake.


There is no clearer example of this systemic manipulation than the presidential train wreck which has unfolded before us in recent months. First, look at how the election cycle is deliberately elongated—not for the benefit of the voters or even at the request of the audience, but rather because longer election cycles mean inflated traffic cycles. Second, notice how quickly the campaign is turned into a reality show, with its never ending cast of superficial characters, drama, and drama (did I mention drama?). It was bad in 2008 and 2012, but worse now than perhaps it’s ever been. Yet, you can’t look away can you? Third, atypical candidates like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are effectively subsidized by the media in order to provide the story lines those outlets require to create the compelling spectacles they need to keep the cycle going and audiences hooked.

It is in this last area that we see the highest manipulation. In Donald Trump we have a candidate who has received so much media coverage that he did not need to run his first TV campaign ad until January—some seven months after entering the race and five months after the first televised debate. Has anyone in history gotten as much free media coverage as Donald Trump? Besides Joseph McCarthy and Tim Tebow (and maybe Apple, whose product launches are what the media theorist Daniel J. Boorstin would have described as blatant pseudo-events), one would be hard-pressed to find a more egregious example of the tail wagging the dog. In fact, at one point Mr. Trump was receiving more coverage than all the Democratic candidates combined. The recent observation from Josh Dawsey, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, says it all: “Every candidate but Trump is here in SC [South Carolina], and most are at forum. Every TV anchor in back is filing on Trump.”

On the other end of the spectrum, the rise of Bernie Sanders simply doesn’t pass the smell test. This is a candidate who Nate Silver shows is extremely unlikely to win, who would be 75 year old on Inauguration Day, who embraces, quite openly, the word “socialist” in a country that considers the word more dangerous politically than “atheist,” and who is drowning in headlines. Many of those headlines reveal the great lengths the media is willing to go to legitimize him on the one hand, and on the other, with the rise of the fake “Bernie Bros” trend, the lengths they’re willing to go to turn him into a Trump-level sideshow.


Why are we even talking about either of them? I’ll tell you why. These two unlikely candidates happen to attract massive passionate internet audiences. One gives outlets the traffic of the disaffected, angry Fox News crowd (and its enemies). The other affords the opportunity to soak up millennial audiences.

http://observer.com/2016/02/the-cause-of-this-nightmare-election-media-greed-and-shameless-traffic-worship/



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otohara Feb 2016 OP
GusBob Feb 2016 #1
SunSeeker Feb 2016 #2
FrenchieCat Feb 2016 #3
Dawson Leery Feb 2016 #4
kjones Feb 2016 #5
GusBob Feb 2016 #6

Response to otohara (Original post)

Wed Feb 17, 2016, 11:16 PM

1. Example:

How many "shocking" "breaking" breathless over the top headlines did we see about

"Hillary Clinton shaking up her campaign staff" right before New Hampshire?

Never happened.

This is nothing new and not confined to politics......did they ever find them WMDS all the networks were talking about, endlessly?

Nope. The media was complicit in starting a war.

Again nothing new, goes back to Hearst et al.

It's just worse now, so many writers click baiting, and no journalism

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Response to otohara (Original post)

Wed Feb 17, 2016, 11:36 PM

2. K & R

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Response to otohara (Original post)

Wed Feb 17, 2016, 11:52 PM

3. It's quite amazing how much power the media Truly has

And lack of vetting for both Sanders and Trump is quite stunning and frightening!

who would be 75 year old on Inauguration Day, who embraces, quite openly, the word “socialist” in a country that considers the word more dangerous politically than “atheist,” and who is drowning in headlines.


The fact is that Bernie is technically both an Atheist and a Socialist.... And stranger even still, the supporters think they're the ones that have floated him to the top, when the medias had so much more to do with it, just like they will have something to do with his downfall. The only real question is whether they will take him down before or after the primaries.

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Response to FrenchieCat (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 12:09 AM

4. Sanders and Trump are just recent members of their parties.

Yet they are so popular. The media is indeed liable for this.

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Response to FrenchieCat (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 12:14 AM

5. I've said it before and will again. Campaign finance is nothing in the face of media malfeasance. nt

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Response to otohara (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 01:13 AM

6. "The Clinton Campaign is Having a Panic Attack....

In Nevada and South Carolina"

I won't post the link. You don't have to look hard to find click bait shit like this one in GDP.

it's complete bullshit. And it's being swallowed like it's chocolate

ETA: I just reviewed the article to make sure I wasn't high....the only thing it says about SC is she's likely to win. That's panicky?

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