Jan 9, 2019

As Fox News Launches Fox Nation, I Would Like To Note That Mainstream Media Lets Fox Lie Unchallenged And Don't Fight Fox To Dominate The Ratings By Suppressing Their Lies... Thus Fox Has Been #1 For Decades. "Fact" Based Media Has Enabled Right Wing Hate & Are Thus A Threat To National Security!

1.The Rights War On The Left - A Walk Through Some Of The Intimidation/Bullying/Terror Tactics Fox News Uses
2. Why Do News Outlets Bring On Non-Scientists To Argue Against Science?
3. Examples Of How The "Fact Based" News Media Distorts Public Perception Of Truth Because Of Unusually Bad And/Or Incompetent Journalism
4. The Ultimate Proofs That Fox News Is Basically Just A Group Of White Supremacists/Nationalists/Nazis
5. More Proof That Fox News Is The REAL President

As Fox launches a new paid streaming service filled with hate and lies designed to enhance their cult (by making them more emotionally involved in Fox/GOP lies, like a cult... the preferred right wing method of talking to its sheep), I think we should look at how we got here... to a point where we have a hate group - styled like the Nazis - taking over America (even if just for short periods of time, or by helping to hold back truth with narrative based on lies in service to the Constitutions enemies). Lets begin with a look at Fox Nation, Fox's new service to enhance their cult;

Birth of a Fox Nation | December 12, 2018 Act 1 | Full Frontal on TBS
Get to know our expanding state media, um, we mean, Fox News's newest endeavor: Fox Nation.

Moment Of Zen: Fox News has been demonizing the left for years...

24-HOUR NAZI PARTY PEOPLE 1/24/2011 Jon challenges his staff to find someone on Megyn Kelly's show making a Nazi comparison before he finishes a home perm kit.

Fox News has been openly lying for years. Openly demonizing Republican political adversaries (the Democrats) for years. While doing this Fox News has been the number 1 "News" channel in America for 18 years...

Adweek: 2013 Ratings: Fox News, #1 For 12 Straight Years, Sheds Viewers Too

The Hill - October 2018: Fox News tops CNN and MSNBC combined in October cable news ratings

Variety:Fox News Dominates Cable News Ratings in 2014; MSNBC Tumbles

Variety:Cable News Ratings: CNN on the Rise in 2015; Fox News Channel Remains Dominant

The Hill: Fox News to end 2016 as most-watched network in all of cable

Adweek: The Top Cable News Programs of 2017 Are…
When ranking cable news programming by total viewers, and by adults 25-54, Fox News tops the year-end charts once again.

Since Fox News has been number 1 for this long then clearly Fox IS mainstream media...

ASSUME THE OPPOSITE - WHO CAN YOU TRUST? Conservative pundit Tucker Carlson warns Americans to assume the opposite of what the MSM reports, leaving Jordan to question his trust in Fox News.

... and all stations should be looking to it as the leader in news and calling it out if it gets its facts wrong ... but instead they do the opposite (i.e. maintain silence while Fox spreads lies unchallenged into the population). Given all the recent - and not so recent - terrorism inspired by the right (domestically and internationally), I thought I would point out the obvious... Media is being silent while Fox demonizes the left and thus the left is enabling right wing violence on the left through their silence, like a battered wife protecting her abuser husband (which is either cowardly, stupid, business inspired, job inspired or just plain treason).

The lies and bullshit Fox News has told this year but didn't make them the top news story of the year (thus lies are given an equal platform to truth, turning our media into a farce);

The year in Fox News non-troversies

In 2018, conservatives controlled all levers of the federal government, Fox News once again led in ratings, and conservative websites dominated the national narrative on the internet. But Fox News, hell-bent on portraying conservatives as victims, nevertheless found random events to be outraged about throughout the year. Below are some top Fox News non-troversies as documented by the Media Matters staff. Read full piece.

On top of all of that Republicans (and thier close Fox allies) are empowering hate groups and inciting violence - and most white people mass shootings, such as the Las Vegas mass murder, are all by right wingers - is well known and well documented fact that is denied by right wing media... effectively! Why?

Media Matters: Republicans have already empowered gangs and extremist groups From the Proud Boys to Turning Point USA, extremists are ascendant on the right, but legacy media are too often playing catch-up

Let's be clear about the state of things. A well-connected sitting congressman endorsed a neo-Nazi for political office, and it wasn't the first time this sort of thing happened. To the contrary, GOP candidates across the country have links to white nationalists. The GOP president -- who is the undisputed center of the party -- is a former game show host whose administration has repeatedly defended violent extremists. And his son has even appeared on a white nationalist show. The debate is over. The extremists have taken over the party.
And yet, legacy media outlets are too often caught completely unaware.
On October 12, the Metropolitan Republican Club hosted Gavin McInnes, founder of the self-identified “gang” Proud Boys. During the event, McInnes re-enacted the violent 1960 murder of Japanese socialist party leader Inejiro Asanuma. After McInnes' appearance, a number of Proud Boys were taped nearby brutally beating and kicking several individuals” and shouting homophobic slurs at protesters. Videos show "more than a dozen" Proud Boys, including at least three skinheads, punching and kicking protesters on the ground.
In response, The New York Times has covered McInnes' exploits with kid gloves and reduced his extremism to mere provocation. Just look how thrilled white supremacist Ann Coulter was with the piece:
The Times’ irresponsible description of McInnes as simply a "far-right provocateur" is already memorialized on Wikipedia, potentially the most widely read source of information by audiences that might never have heard of him before. As Jacob Weindling wrote, "You can quote Gavin McInnes directly while describing events that happened and get a harsher description of McInnes than the NYT wrote. ... I don't know how you can call the beginning of this article anything other than white nationalist propaganda."
Weindling is correct. Just look at McInnes’ speech to the Manhattan Republican Club, in which he toldRepublicans that they need Proud Boys as “foot soldiers," because of what they have in common. Or look at what McInnes said on his podcast on October 14, when he defended the use of anti-LGBTQ slurs.
And this characterization matters. While the Times is describing McInnes as a "provocateur," and NBC News is portraying the Proud Boys as a "nationalist movement," the reality is that we're in far more dangerous territory. As Daily Beast reporter Kelly Weill noted, by making alliances with groups like the Proud Boys, “mainstream Republicans can sort of outsource the political and physical violence that they’d like to enact against opponents.”
And McInnes is not an isolated figure: He and the Proud Boys are deeply entwined in right-wing media. McInnes was a contributor to Fox News for eight years, appearing on Sean Hannity’s show at least 24 times. In 2017, Hannity hosted another Proud Boy with ties to the violent white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally to discuss political violence. Fox host Mark Levin has given McInnes two shows on his online outlet CRTV, where McInnes has pushed extremist bigotry like promoting men’s rights activism, calling female journalists “colostomy bag for various strangers’ semen,” and glorifying violence and fighting. Fox host Tucker Carlson happily posed with Roger Stone and two Proud Boys in a Fox green room and “declined to disavow” the group when asked about it. McInnes shows up on right-wing radio and on right-wing YouTube. In an era in which the right-wing is doing everything it can to suppress opposition, it's no wonder that the Proud Boys are now part of the Republican machine.
It's not just the Proud Boys, either.
On the October 17 edition of Today, NBC gave a platform to Identity Evropa -- a white supremacist group actively seeking to rebrand its racism as identitarianism. The network referred to Identity Evropa as a “fringe group,” yet NBC still gave its leaders a softball interview on a show that consistently reaches the coveted demographic of adults ages 25-54; its affiliated channel MSNBC also aired segments featuring the groupand other white supremacists.
Make no mistake: People across America are seeing all of this and speaking up. But at some point, it'd be nice if the legacy media would notice too.

Read full piece.

While media basically treats right wingers (GOP and Fox News) like royalty, i.e. they can go around pushing rhetoric that gets people killed, lie, push wars with lies, lie some more that kills Americans slowly rather than fast (thus not making the news), and media still listens to them like they are wise kings (or at least powerful tyrants that should be feared and heard while pretending that's not at all what they are)... and they push their lies and bullshit point of views to the innocent uninformed people either directly or through their silence of what lies America's number 1 "news" channel is spreading or through false equivalency.

Media Matters: Where is the media outrage over the violence and harassment abortion providers face on a daily basis? Media fixated on a protest at Tucker Carlson's house should look at how often they cover (or don't cover) anti-abortion violence and harassment

A memo to media and any would-be think piece writers: If you’re mad about protesters bothering Fox News host Tucker Carlson at home, then it’s worth asking whether you've expended the same energy over the harassment abortion providers face on a daily basis.
According to CBS News, approximately “20 protesters gathered in front of Carlson's home” on November 7:
Carlson's wife said she heard "loud banging and pounding on her front door," the police report says. When officers arrived, they found politically-charged signs left on cars in the driveway, a sign on the front door and the anarchy symbol spray painted on the driveway. [CBS News, 11/8/18]
Carlson told The Washington Post that the gathering “wasn’t a protest. It was a threat.” Although he was not home at the time, Carlson claimed, “They weren’t protesting anything specific that I had said. They weren’t asking me to change anything. … They were threatening me and my family and telling me to leave my own neighborhood in the city that I grew up in.”
There are many things that Carlson has said in his capacity as a mouthpiece for white nationalismxenophobiaracism, and sexism that are more than worthy of objection. He also regularly uses his platform on Fox News to bullymock, and enable harassment of his guests. And the details of the protest -- as described in ThinkProgress by someone who was actually there -- vastly contradict Carlson’s claims. Yet there is now a veritable catalogue of think pieces about the lack of “civility” shown by those who protested Carlson. If media want to have a real conversation about “civility” and harassment, then it should be impossible to omit this fact: Abortion providers, patients, and clinics face everything that Carlson claimed and more, but this kind of regular, persistent, and, in some cases, daily harassment doesn’t garner the same kind of media attention as incidents like the protest at Carlson’s home.
Right-wing media argue that these anti-abortion extremists are acting in isolation. Yet in many instances, these media personalities -- Carlson included -- have fostered or encouraged anti-abortion harassment. Before being ousted from Fox News after public reports that he sexually harassed multiple colleagues, Bill O’Reilly spent years not only spreading misinformation about abortion, but also openly bullying abortion providers like Tiller. Prior to Tiller’s assassination by anti-abortion extremist Scott Roeder, O’Reilly called the doctor “Tiller the baby killer,” and insisted that there was a “special place in hell” for him. After a deadly shooting attack at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic in 2015, O’Reilly defended his previous attacks on Tiller, claiming that his comments were accurate. After this attack, The New Republic reported on how the admitted shooter’s penchant for right-wing media such as Fox News and Infowars shaped his paranoid and conspiratorial views about abortion and Planned Parenthood. On this year’s anniversary of Tiller’s assassination, Infowars live streamed an anti-abortion protest in front of a Texas Planned Parenthood clinic. The conspiracy theory-pushing outlet then repeated the stunt in November -- just days after caterwauling about the “unhinged” protesters that “terrorized” Carlson’s home.
Harassment, threats, and violence of any kind are unacceptable. Last weekend, thousands of protestersgathered outside Hales’ clinics. Although some media outlets have reported on the epidemic of harassmentfaced by providers like Hales, those who saved their outrage for the protest at Carlson's home have little excuse for not reporting on the harassment facing patients, providers, and clinics on a daily basis.

Read full piece.

NOTE: Apparently the bigger the lie, the more Fox wants you. Saying outrageous things, irrelevant of facts, makes you successful on America's number 1 news channel (#1 for well over a decade);

The path to conservative media success is paved with outrage-bait We’re all being trolled by attention-starved wannabe media stars
When right-wing pundit Erick Erickson suggested last week that the U.S. cut foreign aid to Central American countries and instead use those funds to “prop up the next generation of Pinochet types,” it didn’t come as much of a surprise. A number of conservatives have a bit of a soft spot for the former Chilean dictator. When Erickson said that he was “hoping for some helicopters in this plan,” though, he raised a few eyebrows, as such a statement is designed to do.
His reference to helicopters was a nod to Augusto Pinochet’s history of having at least 120 political dissidents thrown to their deaths from helicopters into the “the ocean, the lakes and the rivers of Chile.” On his blog, The Resurgent, Erickson elaborated a bit on that tweet, still straddling the line between being serious and just joking around, and writing that he’s “not actually fully on board” with his own idea.
Does Erickson actually think helicopters are essential to this tweet, blog post, or political suggestion? Probably not. Certainly, he knows that the extrajudicial murder of political opponents is a reprehensible thing to praise. Why say it, then? Because it gets him attention, and in a sea of political media takes, attention is everything. Anyone who spends any significant amount of time watching political talk shows or cable news channels knows that it’s the loudest and most extreme voices that rise to the top of the punditry food chain. It’s as true for Erickson as it is for more recent additions to our national discourse, Tomi Lahren and Milo Yiannopoulos. The power to provoke has replaced intelligent discussion, and would-be commentators are catching on.
As the rules change, so do the players. Uninterrupted trolling no longer has the power it once did. Maybe we can move the bar further still. Maybe the answer to professional trolls is to deny them the attention they so desperately need to remain relevant. Maybe I shouldn’t be writing about Erickson’s “helicopter” tweet at all. Maybe I shouldn’t bother to note when media figures hang a neon “pay attention to me” sign above their heads as they tweet things like “Can someone explain to me why I'm supposed to lose sleep over Saudi Arabia killing an Islamist political opponent?” about the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, or when they tweet “I've found my Christmas card photo. #Caring” in response to a photo of a family running from tear gas on the border.
If the expected response is reactive outrage, maybe deliberate disinterest is the answer. So, why am I writing about this, you might ask. I think it’s important to recognize the patterns at play. Starving the trolls of the attention they seek is a reasonable long-term goal. But in the meantime, we need to recognize that there are people toying with our national political discourse just for a shot at fame and fortune.

I completely disagree with this conclusion as ignoring Fox News trolling has been the dominate mode of media behavior for decades... as long as Fox News has existed, perhaps. Certainly as long as Fox News has been number 1. If ignoring something makes it number one then maybe you are not thinking out the problem correctly? Cause media has - and is still - ignoring America's number 1 "news" source thus making it seem like real news with their silence.

Moment Of Zen?: Glenn Beck was the guy who took Fox News's demonizing of the left to a new level...

BACK IN BLACK - GLENN BECK'S NAZI TOURETTE'S 5/12/2010 Glenn Beck plays "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon," except there's just one degree and Kevin Bacon is Hitler.

Glenn Beck was kicked off Fox after an intense fight. Fighting stopped and he now has a successful right wing lying channel called "The Blaze". It was fighting that kicked him off and lack of fighting that has allowed his channel to flourish. You have to fight lies. Its that simple.

IDEA: Since the number 1 problem with corporate media is that its prefers sensational, tabloid (low information) type news...

Media coverage of the 2016 election was a disaster. In the new year, reporters should resolve to do better.
For all the recent focus on the social media campaigns Russia waged during the 2016 election, it’s surprising that more attention hasn’t been paid to what was arguably a much more effective aspect of the influence operation: the hacking and release of Democratic National Committee emails.
In one high-profile 2016 media postmortem, The New York Times came to a startling conclusion. “Every major publication, including The Times, published multiple stories citing the D.N.C. and [Clinton campaign chairman John] Podesta emails posted by WikiLeaks, becoming a de facto instrument of Russian intelligence,” the paper wrote.
In fact, the emails were a media obsession, driven by bad habits the press has adopted in recent years. As coverage of the 2020 campaign begins, we look back at what went wrong in 2016 and how reporters can resolve to do better in the new year.
Read full piece

Why not use that same style of news to go after the right for 9/11? Be sensational. Say crazy, angry, things about what the rights President did. Use all the tactics the right uses on you as a liberal, but feel good about doing that because we did alot worse to Al Qaeda and Afghanistan and they didn't even do 9/11. Make a ton of money off ratings... AND watch the right reap they what they have sown. A double bonus! Media has nothing to lose. Or
is it 9/11 that is the source of the media's fear in dealing with the GOP? (i.e. Stockholms Syndrome) Media around the world makes fun of our incompetent - cowardly - media;

Media Matters: Foreign media outlets keep showing how to cover politics in the age of Trump. Will U.S. outlets learn their lesson?Access journalism and softball interviews fail the American people. U.S.-based media need a reality check.

“Trump returns to his dangerous lying about elections, makes up story about massive voter fraud he says has cost the Republicans victories...and falsely adds that you need a ‘voter ID’ to buy cereal,” Toronto StarWashington correspondent Daniel Dale tweeted about a recent interview between the president and The Daily Caller, an outlet Dale called “horrific.”
Dale, who is known for his meticulous fact checks on Trump’s statements to the press and at rallies, was right: The interview with The Daily Caller was riddled with unchallenged errors and nonsensical statements. For instance, he lied about his border wall and about his attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. He claimed that undocumented immigrants were voting in California and that Massachusetts residents had been bused into New Hampshire during the 2016 election, flipping the state to Hillary Clinton’s favor. He accused people of voting twice by putting on disguises and changing clothes and, as is almost always the case, he also peppered his responses with half-truths and exaggerations.
Daily Caller editor Amber Athey responded to Dale’s criticism with a tweet of her own: “Why don't you let American outlets handle interviewing the president?”

Maybe U.S. outlets, including mainstream organizations, simply aren’t up to the task of holding the powerful accountable.

Read the full piece.

It should also be noted that media's history is of "agreeing" with right wing media. They did/do it with the Iraq war. They do it with right wing violence talking points that the right comes up with (more proof of Stockholms Syndrome?)...

Media Matters: America is plagued by right-wing violence. Pundits need to stop calling it a "both sides" issue.

Following a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA, where a gunman inspired by an anti-Semitic right-wing conspiracy theory opened fire on parishioners with an assault weapon, expect to hear claims that “both sides” of the political aisle bear responsibility for the tragedy.
The same thing happened last week. During an attempted bombing spree that targeted prominent liberals, including former President Barack Obama, mainstream conservative press pushed the line that both the right and the left are at fault for the current detestable political environment and should equally share the blame and engage in self-reflection.
These arguments have no basis in reality; instead, they are conservatives' self-serving attempts to hide the rot in their own movement, which foments violence even at its highest levels.
The fact is violence is a feature, not a bug, of the conservative movement in the United States today. In terms of frequency and deadliness, terrorism inspired by right-wing political beliefs far outpaces left-wing violence. So, when conservatives argue that both sides should be blamed for a bombing spree targeting liberals, responsible journalists shouldn’t act as stenographers for those false or deceptive claims. (And the same goes for the widespread conservative messaging effort to baselessly claim that mobs of Democrats stand ready to kill conservatives before the midterm elections.) Instead, when reporting on political violence, journalists should present the full context: Right-wing violence is a documentable pattern incomparable to violence from the left.
Here are some examples of how conservative media figures engaged in the “both sides-ing” of the pipe bomb spree before the suspect was arrested:
  • Conservative pundit Erick Erickson wrote, “Both sides have unstable elements among their ranks and some of those unstable elements are becoming increasingly radicalized and violent. Perhaps both sides should turn down the heat on their rhetoric a bit.”
  • Fox News host Charles Payne drew an equivalence between the attempted bombings and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) being yelled at by protesters while he was eating dinner at a restaurant.
  • Fox News host Greg Gutfeld claimed on The Five, “If you want to blame rhetoric, if you want to blame violence on rhetoric, everybody is guilty, OK?”

How Fox News Helps The GOP With Their Lies, Cons & Propaganda (With The Daily Show & Colbert Report)

GOP & Fox News Can't Stop Kissing Their Leaders Asses! (With The Daily Show & The Colbert Report)


Fox News has been attacking media and Trumps political opponents as America's number 1 news channel with no opposition. If - a Nazi style propaganda arm had become America's number 1 "news" channel that would be big news in the universe I used to live in. A universe where. in America, people inciting terrorists with incendiary rhetoric would be called out as the traitors they are. Not covering this up with their silence, or actively helping them push their lies on Sunday Shows (or the Iraq War and its no consequence aftermath, etc.). 

This tradition of demonizing the left continues unabated everyday on Fox (here they are blaming the left for being attacked by right wing domestic terrorists inspired by Trump, GOP and Fox)... 

Sean Hannity criticizes targets of bombs and the "deranged far-left" for dangerous rhetoric Hannity: "We've been warning you, Rand Paul's been warning you, something horrible is going to happen"

SEAN HANNITY (HOST): Maybe they should be lecturing Maxine Waters and company. You know create a crowd, follow them in to grocery stores, department stores, gas stations, they're not wanted anywhere anymore. And what you just saw is nothing new, because the left's hatred of all things Trump has been boiling over since the day he and Melania came down the escalator. Here's just a small sampling of the insanity.
So you know what yeah with rhetoric like that it's kinda odd that they're now blaming Donald Trump and his allies for the actions of a lunatic. Especially since multiple deranged far-left individuals have been what, we've been watching now for weeks. Harassing, attacking, threatening Republicans all over the country. Just in recent weeks we've been warning you, Rand Paul's been warning you, something horrible is going to happen. Doesn't matter if it's left or right. But the left's silence, when it's their side, has been deafening and worse. 

Clearly, pretending to expose "evil" gets high ratings. And demonizing the left makes money. (Side note: So the left negotiates with them? Stockholms Syndrome?) How high would the ratings be if media was exposing ACTUAL evil? How does a channel lie to the nation - unchallenged by "fact based" media, supposedly of the "fourth estate" - for 18 years? If England was lying to Americans media would report it. If a channel in America - with more viewers than any other "news" channel  in America - is lying everyday and the media is not reporting it or calling them out then what the hell is going on? Clearly we no longer have a media that is reporting essential facts. Whatever is going on, after all these years as number 1 "news" channel, Fox News made it to the Presidency.

...and you will only hear it on Fox because while the number 1 "news" channel spreads this drivel, the only one media notices is Trump (who only listens to Fox... so ironically the media now HAS to pay attention to Fox a little though they loathe fighting the terrorists they fear) ... and what does the GOP get for years of demonizing the left? completely whitewashed legacy (Stockholms syndrome?)...

Right Wing Media's Terror Tactics Work In Getting Media Submission:

MSNBC welcomes Ben Sasse and Mitt Romney, a "new generation of mavericks" to the Senate Andrea Mitchell: "There are so few Republican critics willing to stand up. And here you have Mitt Romney, who agrees with the president on a lot of issues"

ANDREA MITCHELL (ANCHOR): Now, are some of us completely out of line to think, whoa, you know, we've lost the whole Republican Senate has lost Bob Corker, they've lost Jeff Flake. Ron -- let's see, Alexander -- Lamar Alexander is now a lame duck if you will, not running for re-election, but in the current Senate, there are so few Republican critics willing to stand up. And here you have Mitt Romney, who agrees with the president on a lot of issues on domestic policy, but disagrees with his character, with his demeanor, with his approach, you know, to public life in general. Is this the opening round of a potential 2020 run?

Jeff Flake signed every bill the GOP wanted to pass that hurt Americans (with ancient debunked supply side arguments). Bob Corker even openly took bribes to pass these horrible bills. Mitt Romney's whole campaign was based on a lie. Now they are heroes who had the guts to say a negative word about their bully/traitor in chief (is that how scared the media is? Or just habitual submission?). The years Fox spent - and is still spending - promoting GOP propaganda which created - and still enable - Trump... AND is the number one "news" spreader - unchallenged - is amazing indeed. At least for a people that still call themselves a democracy while hiding from their dictator-like bullies. The most media ever does (if the issue gets to big because the facts can't be ignored) is to put a lie on the same footing with the truth and debate it seriously as if lies have a basis in reality in the 21st Century.

Even Media Matters noticed something seemed wrong;

MSNBC's and CNN's focus on Romney's Trump op-ed shows how little the media has learned In a 6-hour period, CNN and MSNBC each spent nearly an hour discussing the op-ed

CNN and MSNBC spent a large portion of the first non-holiday day of 2019 talking about … Sen.-elect Mitt Romney (R-UT). Between 6 a.m. and noon on January 2, CNN and MSNBC each spent nearly an hour discussing Romney’s Washington Post op-ed criticizing President Donald Trump's character, while Fox News spent about 25 minutes on the subject. For those hoping the media would focus on the important issues facing Americans in 2019, the oversaturation of Romney coverage shows that getting their priorities straight might be a bigger hurdle for cable news than they expected.
On January 1, the Post published an anti-Trump op-ed in which Romney noted that “on balance, [Trump’s] conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions last month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.”
That is an exceeding amount of coverage for an op-ed from an incoming senator, even when that senator is Mitt Romney. This isn’t to say that the op-ed isn’t newsworthy at all, but given that Romney and Trump have been squabbling back and forth for years, it’s not particularly notable. And if Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is any indication, being a Republican senator critical of Trump oftentimes amounts to a lot of talk and no action. As 2019 begins and coverage ramps up for the 2020 presidential election, it’s important that cable news re-examines its priorities and focuses on the issues and policy topics that matter to Americans -- not the insults and meaningless fights between politicians vying for their attention.

i.e. the media focused on the sensational.

That's why the media can't help giving billions of dollars of free coverage to Trump, before and during the Presidency. He's crazy. Says crazy things. So he gets coverage. Often without even being challenged, as is traditional in corporate media. Media focuses on the sensational above all else...

$2 Billion Worth of Free Media for Donald Trump
Of all the ways Donald Trump has shocked the political system, one of the most significant is how he wins primary after primary with one of the smallest campaign budgets. He still doesn’t have a super PAC. He skimped on ground organization and field offices. Most important, he spent less on television advertising — typically the single biggest expenditure for a campaign — than any other major candidate, according to an analysis by SMG Delta, a firm that tracks television advertising.
But Mr. Trump is hardly absent from the airwaves. Like all candidates, he benefits from what is known as earned media: news and commentary about his campaign on television, in newspapers and magazines, and on social media. Earned media typically dwarfs paid media in a campaign. The big difference between Mr. Trump and other candidates is that he is far better than any other candidate — maybe than any candidate ever — at earning media. No one knows this better than mediaQuant, a firm that tracks media coverage of each candidate and computes a dollar value based on advertising rates. The mentions are weighted by the reach of the media source, meaning how many people were likely to see it. The calculation also includes traditional media of all types, print, broadcast or otherwise, as well as online-only sources like Facebook, Twitter or Reddit.

Note: When media says "earned media" what they are referring to is the free - uncritical - coverage they provided for him in 2016. 

This sort of unprofessional - incompetent - journalism continues on to this day unabated.

More research/proofs;

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