By: Cliff Kincaid | Accuracy in Media
In what we have described as a “shock and awe” campaign, the media want us to believe there’s a right and wrong regarding Donald Trump and women—but not a right and wrong when it comes to what the Clintons, the Kennedys and the Democratic Party elites do and say. On November 8, says Michelle Obama, “…let’s elect Hillary Clinton and other Democrats who share our values and can be role models for our children.”
So let’s consider Al Gore, the former vice president who recently hit the campaign trail for Hillary.
There’s a 73-page police report detailing how Al Gore made unwanted sexual advancesduring an encounter with a massage therapist back in 2006. “She gave police a very detailed description of her encounter with Gore at the Hotel Lucia [in Portland, Oregon],” said the Nashville City Paper. The 73-page file includes transcripts of the interview in which the masseuse “described being fondled, groped and tongue kissed.” Gore denied the charges and the police dropped the case, saying they couldn’t prove it. Gore later separated from his wife and they eventually got a divorce. In any case, the “allegation” doesn’t get media play and isn’t used to discredit Gore or his candidate, Hillary Clinton, with whom he shared the stage on October 11. As usual, Breitbart captured the irony with a story headlined, “Media Silent as Hillary Speaks with Accused Sex Predator Al Gore.”
No formal charges were made against Gore, just as no formal charges were made against Trump. But one of the charges against Trump has now been disputed. It was about how Trump allegedly made advances on a woman over a 15-minute period during a plane ride. Another passenger on the plane says the woman came on to Trump, not vice versa.
Trump has been around hundreds of beautiful women for decades, but only now are these spurious charges against him surfacing. You have to be a Democrat partisan or completely ignorant of media bias techniques to think they are not coordinated for maximum political effect. The evidence shows that the NBC tape of Billy Bush talking with Trump about women was carefully timed to drop at a certain point in the race, right before the second presidential debate. This backfired, however, as Trump took the offensive in the debate and brought up the Clintons’ record of abusing women.
Going back into history, we can find more examples of faux outrage and double standards. Democratic President John F. Kennedy was a notorious womanizer who had prostitutes brought into the White House itself for his own sexual pleasure. As we noted back in 1998, “Ignoring this aspect of Kennedy’s life, which has been documented in Seymour Hersh’s new book, The Dark Side of Camelot, CNN portrayed him as a friend of women’s rights because he had appointed a Commission on the Status of Women.”
If Trump had remained a Democrat and had run for president as a Democrat, you can be sure these charges would never have seen the light of day.
Knowing that the charges against Trump are non-proven if not phony, the media are fishing for something new. Brian Stelter was on CNN on Saturday demanding to know if the outtakes from the Trump show “The Apprentice” will be released, and whether he made off-color remarks that were never aired. This is all politics.
Don’t think that Stelter and his ilk object to mixing sex and politics. I remember Stelter taking his wife (or girlfriend) to a National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) fundraiser in New York where a Chippendales stripper was present and VIP tickets were being sold to spend time with the stripper at a resort. As I reported at the time, “Chippendales usually perform for sex-starved women. This time the audience consisted of sex-starved gay men.” CNN had a big contingent that included its president, Jeff Zucker, and correspondents Brian Stelter, John Berman, Christine Romans, Richard Quest and Brooke Baldwin.
Many of these personalities are now leading the outrage over Trump’s relationships with women. No wonder Trump’s crowds have been chanting, “CNN Sucks.”
As I was recording this event, I was told by the NLGJA media police that I would have to stop. They didn’t want the embarrassing footage to get out. But it did.
CNN’s holier-than-thou journalists are outraged over Trump’s fascination with beautiful women, but here they are at a gay journalist event with a male stripper whose services are being sold in the form of VIP tickets.
Of course, CNN doesn’t report on this because it would put them in a bad light.
As far as women are concerned, we should know by now that they can make up stories of sexual assault. How soon we forget that the Hillary-supporting Rolling Stone magazine published a made-up story of a sexual assault at the University of Virginia that they later had to retract, and for which they are now being sued.
The “Shock and Awe” term we use to describe the assault on Trump suggests a campaign with military precision. We know enough from the disclosures by WikiLeaks to understand that none of this is happening by accident, and that it is carefully coordinated by John Podesta of the Clinton campaign and associated entities and personalities. These faux, or “Prodigal Son,” Catholics denounce their own “backwards” religion.
Gallup says public trust in the media is at an all-time low. But exposing that requires taking the offensive against the liars. Trump has shown that he is up for the job. “The establishment and their media neighbors wield control over this nation through means that are very well known—anyone who challenges their control is deemed a sexist, a racist, a xenophobe and morally deformed,” says Trump. “They will seek to destroy everything about you, including your reputation. They will lie, lie, lie, and then again, they will do worse than that. They will do whatever’s necessary.”
But conservatives associated with publications like The Weekly Standard and National Review are AWOL in this battle, or else blaming the victim.
Writing at National Review, Fox News contributor Jonah Goldberg says, “Yes, the Mainstream Media (MSM) is biased against Republicans. This has been true since, if not the Mesozoic Era, then at least 1960. Yes, the media is particularly biased against Donald Trump.” But he goes on to blame Trump for this. He writes, “Not only is Trump an exceptionally unworthy presidential candidate on the merits, but he does everything he possibly can to maximize the endemic problems of liberal-media bias.”
So Trump is causing the liberal bias and is to be blamed for fighting back against it? These are the sour grapes of a faction that saw their candidates lose the race for the Republican presidential nomination because they didn’t tap into the issues that are clearly striking a chord with Republican voters. They claim Trump is destroying the GOP when he is putting up a valiant effort to rectify the liberal bias that people like Goldberg claim to be concerned about.
It seems strange that some “conservatives” are more anxious to discredit Trump than expose the double-standards and media bias that is designed to elect his liberal Democratic opponent.
Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. View the complete archives from Cliff Kincaid.
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