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?

 

Today’s Evening Standard

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Picked up the Evening Standard on the way home this evening (I was on a course ok?)

Alternative caption: This is a photo of two heads of state.🙄

What are your opinions of this?

  • Is there too much emphasis on the gender of these two politicians?
  • Does what they are wearing really matter?
  • Do the linguistic codes connote anything? A ‘First Lady’ is the traditional title for the wife of a head of state, e.g. Michelle Obama.
  • How does Hilary Clinton fit into all this? (No she’s not quite president, but when the opponent is Donald Trump…)

This is the critical awareness I would expect of an A-Level Media Studies student. Get out there and get critical!