Clinton, Trump, the Media, and Groupthink

The mainstream media continually points out that Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump heading into November’s general election, but how accurate are these polling results?

There is some reason to believe that certain mainstream media outlets, such as CBS and NBC, have routinely oversampled Democrats – purposefully or not is anyone’s supposition – with the net effect of skewing the purported results.

Additionally, ABC seems to only want to report on negative Trump results, while apparently being more than happy to ignore negative Clinton results.

Many people think this is an intentional effort on the part of the media to influence groupthink1, thereby indirectly influencing the electorate’s choice2 in November, presumably in favor of Ms. Clinton.

This may or may not be true, but if so, such a strategy potentially has two outcomes.  1) It could work; constantly suggesting that Clinton will win may indeed persuade people to vote for her who otherwise would not; or 2) constantly suggesting that Clinton has the election in the bag may cause some people who otherwise might be energized to go out and vote for her to stay home, owing to the assumption that victory is already assured.

Either way, it will be interesting to see how this all unfolds; we certainly live in interesting times, to be sure.

I have pointed out before that I am no fan of Donald Trump.  However, I cannot deny his fascinating ascendance as a major party nominee in the United States.  It does tickle me to see him prickling not only the Left, but even the so-called Right in this country.  When you irritate everyone, you just might be a healthy agent of political chaos and catharsis this country desperately needs.   If we are going to continue to make bad decisions regarding the political leadership of this country, which history suggests we certainly are, we might as well demolish the status quo along the way.

Also, I think it is humorous to see the Left react so hysterically to the now real possibility of a Trump presidency.  This is pertinently analogous to the Right’s reactions to Barack Obama in 2008, and more so in 2012, to anyone who has actually been paying attention.  Indeed, it is appropriate to say that Trump is the converse consequence of Obama’s radical agenda, populism, and particular brand of divisiveness (i.e., “The Donald” is the result of the pendulum’s naturally constant swing).  To that point, he is very entertaining to me if nothing else, in a similar way as watching skateboarders wreck themselves on YouTube is entertaining to me.

I generally reject the common assertion that we must choose between the alleged lesser of two evils in our presidential elections (again, see Note 2 below).  I will not vote for either of these people.  But, if one were to nonetheless embrace the lesser of two evils mantra, it is hard for me to figure that Trump does not qualify in this respect.  Trump may be a lot of things – arguably a buffoon, almost certainly a demagogue, maybe even a racist – but Hillary Clinton is demonstrably all of these things and without a doubt is downright evil to her core to boot.  Clinton is a bona fide criminal and war monger.  There is literally nothing redeeming to me about Hillary Clinton, and at least “The Donald” gives me some entertainment, which is exactly what the reality television-like substance of America’s politics and its electorate deserve.

Donald Trump is the president America deserves, and that the irony of this is lost on 99% of Americans is precisely why we deserve him.  But to be fair, Hillary Clinton is the president America deserves as well, so at least we are consistent in this respect.  That these two people are the last “choices” left for the highest supposed public office in the land is very reflective of where we are at as a society.  Perhaps it is time we start looking at ourselves in the mirror a little more critically?…

 

NOTES:

  1. Groupthink: the act or practice of reasoning or decision-making by a group, especially when characterized by uncritical acceptance or conformity to prevailing points of view.
  2. “A Hobson’s Choice is a free choice in which only one thing is offered. …  In other words, one may ‘take it or leave it.'”
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  1. #1 by Philip Timmons on January 12, 2017 - 6:52 PM

    This certainly turned out true.

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