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2016 Election Media Politics

Democrats to America: Who Are You Going to Believe, Us or Your Lying Eyes?

Written by Nicholas Wishek

Americans have a choice to make. The Republican and Democrat conventions are over. They presented a very different view of the state of our country. Republicans and their nominee, Donald Trump, painted a picture of a nation headed in the wrong direction. Democrats and Hillary Clinton depicted a nation headed in the right direction, which can only improve under a Clinton administration. Republicans portrayed the nearly eight years of the Obama administration as a failure. Democrats maintained that that his policies are a great success which will continue if we elect Hillary. The conventions should have made that clear, but sadly far too few potential voters actually watched both. Many partisans on both sides, having already made up their minds, didn’t bother to watch the other candidate’s convention. Still more potential voters didn’t bother to watch either convention.

The problem is that those who didn’t watch both conventions will have to decide who to vote for by relying other sources of information, most likely on the major media. These voters will get a very slanted account of what went on at the conventions and an equally biased summery of what the two parties stand for and what they hope to achieve. This is because in general the news media and entertainment media (shows like The View) overwhelmingly choose the Democrat version of the issues.

Let’s look at just a few examples of this. Melania Trump gave a very nice speech praising her husband. Yet the major media story was about the plagiarized passages from a Michelle Obama speech from years ago. They talked about that all week and through the weekend. Excellent speeches by Giuliani and Christie were criticized for being too mean-spirited. The Benghazi victims’ families, according to the media should not have been used for political gain. The whole Republican convention was portrayed as poorly organized and the Trump message depicted as one of gloom and doom. Basically, the media’s convention coverage mirrored the Democrat party line.

In contrast the Democrat convention was presented in a very favorable manner in spite of some pretty obvious problems. For starters hacked emails from the DNC showed that it actively sought to undermine Sanders’ campaign. This led to the resignation of DNC chairwoman Wasserman-Shultz, who was promptly given a position in the Clinton campaign. That should have been a bigger story than the two passages a speech writer included in Melania Trump’s address, but instead it was quickly forgotten.  The Democrats viciously attacked Donald Trump, but they were never depicted as mean-spirited, just concerned. Finally, while Hillary’s speech painted a rosy picture of how things are, nothing she claimed was seriously challenged. Instead her speech was praised as uplifting and hopeful in direct contrast to the negativism expressed by Trump. And that is the problem. The major media doesn’t feel it necessary to report events impartially or to challenge much of anything the Democrats say.

Mark Twain said it best when he related Disraeli’s observation that, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” Hillary and other Democrats are living proof of this. They are like the used car salesman that promises you the car you are looking that was only driven by a little old lady to church and back on Sundays. The trouble is that the church was 250 miles away and the little old lady made the round trip in less than six hours. So, yes, the unemployment rate is way down, but those who have given up looking for work aren’t counted. Yes, the deficit is down, but the debt has doubled. Yes, we’ve had months and months of job growth but the labor participation rate is at an all-time low and real income is actually down. Most of the major media doesn’t ask how we can be doing so well when more people than ever before are on food stamps. Nothing much was mentioned at the Democrat convention about ISIS, Benghazi, or Clinton’s private email server. The media is content to leave those questions unasked.

We have to face facts. The media is definitely carrying the Democrats’ water. Consider how little experience Barrack Obama had back in 2008 regarding foreign policy, or little experience he had about anything else outside of politics for that matter. It wasn’t a problem then, but Trump, who’s had actual experience in business deals in other countries, is depicted as a total novice. The Democrats and the media tell us how much experience Hillary Clinton has, yet neglect to report how little she has accomplished with all that “experience.” The media reports how the Democrats and Hillary are certain Trump’s tax returns must hide something awful, but don’t make much of a fuss about what might be in the transcripts of Hillary’s Wall Street speeches for which she was so very well paid.

Trump and the Republicans at their convention accurately described our current state of the union. It was not the happy-happy, joy-joy view expressed by the Democrats, but it was honest. The Democrats, supported by the media, tell us things are good and getting better. So who are you going to believe? What the Democrats tell you or your lying eyes?

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com


About the author

Nicholas Wishek

Nicholas Wishek. Retired teacher. 40 years classroom experience. Served in California National Guard 6 years. BA in history, MA in education. Married 35 years. Two sons. Many columns published in OC Register 2009-2014.

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