First, thanks for admitting that the security lapse was a non-issue, since the last eighteen months spent by the media and the GOP were focused primarily on that issue. (And considering the private meetings with national leaders that double as business opportunities, the phone calls by Trump on unsecured lines with foreign leaders, and the massive security threat in giving classified clearance to Trump’s children, generals who have consulting contracts with the Turkish government, and conspiracy theorist lunatics, it’s clear we have much more pressing problems at hand.)

  1. Non-stop coverage of the horse race, with virtually no discussion of policy. For example, if you search for “how many economists against Trump tax plan,” you will find 1.2 million results. The first page articles clustered around four dates. The articles report how his tax plan “offers almost nothing for the middle class (Aug. 8),” “is an impossible blend (Sept. 16),” “mocked by Conservative economists (Sept. 26),” and “slammed by prominent economists (Nov. 1)” who called him a “dangerous, destructive choice” for the country. Now, do a search for “Clinton FBI emails.” There are 35.1 million results, with stories on the first four pages clustered the entire week between Oct. 30 and Nov. 7.
  2. Failure to fact check in real time (this is specific to news shows). Anyone with an internet connection could point out the false information being spewed by talking heads. Moderators could have stopped discussions by pointing out simple facts. For example, I saw a video from a talk show where a Trump talking head said the 90% of the Quran is Sharia law. Afterwards, a liberal talking head disputed her claim, and then the conversation deteriorated into cross talk and deflections. In the time it took to write this sentence, I found out that the Koran contains 500 references to law out of a total 6,236 verses.

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