Lawrence O'Donnell: The Media Is "Compliant" With Trump, He's Exploiting Them


LAWRENCE O'DONNELL, MSNBC: This campaign week is doing as well as it possibly could for Donald Trump, because the media is doing such a dependable job of ignoring those last two comments you just heard in that video -- Donald Trump threateninf World War Three over a gesture. He said he would start a shooting war with Iran if Iranians in "little boats" as he called them made gestures toward our destroyers, the most lethal ships in history. And Rudy Giuliani --a former federal prosecutor-- justified war crimes that Donald Trump says he wants to commit, by saying that in war "anything is legal." He said that in the country that prosecuted Nazis for war crimes...

If the news media treated the trump campaign the way it has treated every presidential campaign prior to Trump, and the other presidential campaign that is going on during the Trump campaign, the Clinton campaign, if the news media treated the Trump campaign like it treats every other campaign, Donald Trump by now would have been forced to retract his statement about going to war over a gesture... And Rudy Giuliani would have been forced to apologize for his comment, justifying everything that has ever been done in war anywhere in the world, including everything that Nazi Germany did...

But, with 55 days left before the election, the american political news media still has not figured out how to deal with the Trump for president campaign, and Donald Trump knows that, and he exploits it every single day.

He exploits the American news media's most basic weakness, and that is the news media's unbreakable attraction to whatever is the simplest thing to talk about that day, and a candidate getting sick is much simpler to talk about for the American news media, especially when they have video of that candidate struggling to walk into a car to take her home. That's what the news media's going to go for, every moment that the news media has spent talking about Hillary Clinton's health, and every moment it has spent pretending that Hillary Clinton should say nothing but praiseful things about Donald Trump's supporters, the news media has been ignoring the real issues of this campaign.

The political news media has no idea how to cover issues like taxation on which these two candidates differ widely, or war policy or health care policy or infrastructure policy. Never mind when that infrastructure policy involves the sacred sites of Native-American tribes.

All of that is too far complex for the American political news media to talk about when they have more sensational to talk about, and Donald Trump knows that, which is why he continues to supply them with the sensational madness that has become the oxygen of the American political news media. And into that toxic stew brewed by the Trump campaign and stirred dutifully every day by the compliant political news media, stepped President Obama today in Philadelphia.

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