Most media outlets proclaimed Hillary Clinton won last night’s presidential debate. The stakes seem high–almost 100 million people watched the debate. One would hope that they paid close attention to the things the candidates said.
I wonder if it’s that simple. Do the debates even matter? Slanted “news” reports from the left and the right have demonized the candidates to the point where it’s difficult to find objective summaries of their policies, much less even-handed analysis. Even if such analyses existed consistently, Trump has launched several preemptive strikes. The media is all biased towards the “liberals,” he claims; anything Clinton says is “just words,” which, of course, is true, but it makes one wonder why he’d bother to debate in the first place.
I’m not so sure that the media leans left consistently. Matt Lauer’s “town hall” with the candidates earlier this month pandered in Trump’s direction, and the Drudge Report gets more hits than most left/center publications. Regardless, I worry for our republic when the preponderance of voters suspects that the mainstream media can’t be trusted to report simple facts in an unbiased manner.
Moving forward, I’m curious: which of the attributes below will make the most difference when you vote? Vote, then let me know in the space below why you respond the way you do.