When the focus is on issues, Donald Trump wins. When the focus is on collateral nonsense, Hillary Clinton wins. So our liberal media have desperately tried to deflect attention away from the vital issues that separate the parties and the candidates, and toward a succession of critiques of Donald Trump’s personality.
Sometimes Trump has enabled this, as with his four-day feud with the Khan family. But it no longer matters. The liberal press has the playbook down, regardless of what Trump actually does.
Today Trump went to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and delivered a major, substantive speech, outlining what he proposes to do in the first 100 days of his administration. This is the kind of thing that must be kept secret–marked with a “c” perhaps–lest voters be reminded that they actually agree with the reviled Republican nominee. Let’s not take any chances!
How did the liberal press suppress information about Trump’s proposals? They buried the lede. This is how the Associated Press reported on Trump’s effort to shift the focus to the issues:
So the news is that Trump is “off message.” He talked about the women who, he says, have falsely accused him. Everything else can wait. That screen shot was from the Associated Press’s web site. An AP article like this one will be picked up by hundreds of newspapers. In almost all cases, those papers are run by liberals too, so they are happy to echo the AP’s theme. My home town paper, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, duplicated the AP’s headline:
Did Donald Trump say anything else at Gettysburg today? The highly-motivated reader might find out that he did. The average voter will think that the entire campaign turns on Trump’s alleged sexual peccadilloes. The less said about issues the better, if you are a Democrat.