Is the media responsible for Trump’s victory? (In a way you may not expect)

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I was listening to LBC (http://www.lbc.co.uk, 97.3fm) during the commute today (More than expected as the journey in took an hour and a half, but I digress).  It’s a talk radio station, which I felt was probably worth a listen today, due to the news from the other side of the Atlantic. You should give it a go.

There was a particularly interesting conversation on the way home, where a caller (Named Sam in case you were wondering), suggested the involvement US media institutions had in the coverage and representation of both (President-elect) Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton. The caller and the host agreed that all-but-one major TV networks (CNN, ABC, MSNBC, NBC), showed clear support to Democratic candidate Clinton (The exception being Fox News).

“Yeah, so she should have won?” I hear you cry.

But consider the alternative possibility; what if all that positive coverage from the majority of institutions for Clinton actually hid the fact that the American people didn’t actually want to vote for her? What if they (and we over here in the UK), thought it would – of course – go to Clinton as she was getting all the positive representation, but in the process actually missed out on hearing from the audience?

In case you’re wondering how the states voted:

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A reminder perhaps in the shift in power from institutions to audiences?

What do you think? Agree or disagree?

 

2 thoughts on “Is the media responsible for Trump’s victory? (In a way you may not expect)

  1. Well I think that Donald was so powerful because of his phrases which made him stand out, also it was easy to understand it for middle/lower class.
    Institutions such as BBC, New York times have told lots of negative stuff about Trump, so many people didn’t even go to vote because they did not believed that Donald Trump will get Elected as a president. The same thing have happened in United Kingdom during Brexit, many people did not joined because they did not believe that Britain will leave EU.
    However I have another thought that USA AND UK have agreed to stop the immigrant flow to these two most powerful countries. So media have helped Donald which hates other people except Americans to win election.
    ( A secret plan)

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