Los Angeles Times columnist George Skelton offers the latest evidence today why–in a year of mediocre presidential candidates–the media political pundits are worse.
Let me count the ways
“How an insulting, ill-mannered, public policy ignoramus could be chosen by voters to be the presidential nominee of a major party will be pondered for years, probably decades.”
First, Skelton is writing about Donald Trump but by not mentioning his name in the sentence above he could just as accurately be describing Hillary Clinton.
Second, Skelton shows his ignorance and bias when he fails to mention his own culpability by ignoring the role newspapers played in Trump’s triumph. Add print journalism as culprit number 3 in Skelton’s erroneous list of miscreants.
“But here are two root reasons for Trump’s unpredictable ascent to becoming the GOP standard bearer despite acting like a blowhard bully: 1. broadcast media. 2. social media.”
Third, although I believe all 17 presidential hopefuls (or was it 18, 19, 20—I’ve lost count) of both parties were weak, other observers thought the GOP field was the strongest in recent years.
“There are many answers. Start with this: Trump’s competition was hardly compelling.”
Fourth, Skelton obviously skipped his media history courses in college—although I’m skeptical that his formal education extended past high school. Were he a student of history, he would know that by U.S. historical standards even this year’s ugly campaign was pretty tame.
“…why voters were willing to swallow candidate incivility, including previously forbidden name-calling, such as ‘Lyin’ Ted.’”
Five, Skelton continues to get further lost and entangled in the noxious weeds of his own befuddled thinking. Does he really think that Jim Steyer is more expert because his brother is billionaire environmental activist Tom Styer? Why does his brother’s wealth even matter in a discussion of presidential politics and social media?
“I called an expert on social media, Jim Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense, a San Francisco-based nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that lobbies for and studies kids. He’s the brother of billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer.”
Sixth, Skelton almost emerges from his media biased fog toward the end of his commentary when he realizes, “There are many reasons for the voter rebellion.”
Yes, and they go well beyond broadcast and social media but that truth is beyond Skelton’s grasp.
Skelton is just one more ill-informed pundit who doesn’t have a clue why voters are flocking to Donald Trump. He can’t possibly be the GOP nominee the so-called experts declared. They were all wrong.
This year’s field of presidential hopefuls wasted our time and so did many of the alleged political experts and observers who followed them.
I give you George Skelton of the Los Angeles Times as proof of the latter. And I rest my case.