Ornstein & Co How DARE CNN Let Trump address the People without our Filter!

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Ornstein & Co How DARE CNN Let Trump address the People without our Filter!

Mr. Trump Hun­dreds of peo­ple were wait­ing in line to see you today and another 120 were wait­ing with­out tick­ets, I inter­viewed a bunch of them they were democ­rats cross­ing over and such. What are they see­ing that the GOP estab­lish­ment and some of the peo­ple in this room might not be seeing?

DaT­e­chGuy ques­tion to Don­ald Trump Aug 19th 2015

I read, with some amuse­ment, this piece at Twitchy where Nor­man Oren­stein takes CNN to task for Cov­er­ing the Trump Rally in PA in full . And in one respect he Eric Boehlert and David Rothkopf have a point.

Obama ral­lies, GW Bush ral­lies, Bill Clin­ton appear­ances for can­di­dates were never cov­ered in the same way as Trump’s appear­ances were.

This is true but it’s also true that most of such speeches were bor­ing affairs with small num­bers of peo­ple who were told to be there. I’ll never for­get cov­er­ing Bill Clin­ton in Worces­ter at a Martha Coak­ley rally, It was one of the first times I cov­ered an event and I was stand­ing next to a Union boss and speak­ing to him. He was scan­ning the small crowd to make sure his stew­ards and mem­bers showed up or else they might not be in line for work down the pike.

Don­ald Trump doesn’t have this problem.

From the first rally I cov­ered peo­ple were dying to get in to the point where there were lines to wait for the chance to get tick­ets. To Worces­ter where the lines were around the block Don­ald Trump has done some­thing that has been extra­or­di­nary, he has in the television/​internet/​streaming era drawn tens of thou­sands of peo­ple to polit­i­cal events who would oth­er­wise never bother to attend.

There is a word for a spec­ta­cle of that nature: News­wor­thy in fact more news­wor­thy than polit­i­cal events by other pres­i­dents canned events, and that’s not even tak­ing into account Pres­i­dent Trump’s nature to go off script. Bot­tom line is Don­ald Trump’s pub­lic appear­ances are sim­ply more newsworthy.

Of course I sus­pect CNN’s cov­er­age has less to do with being news­wor­thy than being a rat­ings mag­net but that’s not the real objec­tion they have.

What they object to are Don­ald Trump’s words being pre­sented unfil­tered to the pub­lic that is will­ing to listen.

In the old days the press decided what peo­ple saw and heard from such events (for exam­ple we still haven’t seen the Kha­lidi tape) and thus were able to cre­ate the nar­ra­tive they wished unchallenged.

How­ever that power of the gate­keeper doesn’t work when you are broad­cast­ing an event live, par­tic­u­larly an event that attracts view­ers who would nor­mally not be pay­ing attention.

Every time Don­ald Trump is shown live and he makes his case directly to the Amer­i­can peo­ple he under­cuts the Democrat/Media’s por­trayal of him as a dan­ger­ous incom­pe­tent fool and shows their mes­sage for the lie that it is.

In other words Don­ald Trump is EFFEC­TIVE and Mr. Oren­stein, Mr. Boehlert and Mr. Rothkopf sim­ply can’t abide an effec­tive voice sup­port­ing a GOP can­di­date let loose in a crit­i­cal elec­tion to a national audi­ence when the media has cho­sen sides.

Unfor­tu­nately for them, in the end CNN is a bot­tom line busi­ness and the Net­work just isn’t going to turn down the huge rat­ings from a Trump speech par­tic­u­larly when they don’t have any shows in the top 20 to fall back on to help their num­bers for the month. Nor are they going to devote 3 hours to a Lamb event which has absolutely no rat­ing draw and while I’m sure there are Hol­ly­wood heavy­weights who would con­sider show­ing up for him, I sus­pect while that might help in the CNN rat­ings depart­ment they might hurt in the “votes to get elected department”.

Until the left con­vinces Oprah to run, those are sim­ply the facts of life that the media will have to live with.


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Mr. Trump Hundreds of people were waiting in line to see you today and another 120 were waiting without tickets, I interviewed a bunch of them they were democrats crossing over and such. What are they seeing that the GOP establishment and some of the people in this room might not be seeing?

DaTechGuy question to Donald Trump Aug 19th 2015

I read, with some amusement, this piece at Twitchy where Norman Orenstein takes CNN to task for Covering the Trump Rally in PA in full . And in one respect he Eric Boehlert and David Rothkopf have a point.

Obama rallies, GW Bush rallies, Bill Clinton appearances for candidates were never covered in the same way as Trump’s appearances were.

This is true but it’s also true that most of such speeches were boring affairs with small numbers of people who were told to be there. I’ll never forget covering Bill Clinton in Worcester at a Martha Coakley rally, It was one of the first times I covered an event and I was standing next to a Union boss and speaking to him. He was scanning the small crowd to make sure his stewards and members showed up or else they might not be in line for work down the pike.

Donald Trump doesn’t have this problem.

From the first rally I covered people were dying to get in to the point where there were lines to wait for the chance to get tickets. To Worcester where the lines were around the block Donald Trump has done something that has been extraordinary, he has in the television/internet/streaming era drawn tens of thousands of people to political events who would otherwise never bother to attend.

There is a word for a spectacle of that nature: Newsworthy in fact more newsworthy than political events by other presidents canned events, and that’s not even taking into account President Trump’s nature to go off script. Bottom line is Donald Trump’s public appearances are simply more newsworthy.

Of course I suspect CNN’s coverage has less to do with being newsworthy than being a ratings magnet but that’s not the real objection they have.

What they object to are Donald Trump’s words being presented unfiltered to the public that is willing to listen.

In the old days the press decided what people saw and heard from such events (for example we still haven’t seen the Khalidi tape) and thus were able to create the narrative they wished unchallenged.

However that power of the gatekeeper doesn’t work when you are broadcasting an event live, particularly an event that attracts viewers who would normally not be paying attention.

Every time Donald Trump is shown live and he makes his case directly to the American people he undercuts the Democrat/Media’s portrayal of him as a dangerous incompetent fool and shows their message for the lie that it is.

In other words Donald Trump is EFFECTIVE and Mr. Orenstein, Mr. Boehlert and Mr. Rothkopf simply can’t abide an effective voice supporting a GOP candidate let loose in a critical election to a national audience when the media has chosen sides.

Unfortunately for them, in the end CNN is a bottom line business and the Network just isn’t going to turn down the huge ratings from a Trump speech particularly when they don’t have any shows in the top 20 to fall back on to help their numbers for the month. Nor are they going to devote 3 hours to a Lamb event which has absolutely no rating draw and while I’m sure there are Hollywood heavyweights who would consider showing up for him, I suspect while that might help in the CNN ratings department they might hurt in the “votes to get elected department”.

Until the left convinces Oprah to run, those are simply the facts of life that the media will have to live with.


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