How the American Media Is Covering the Presidential Race
February 8, 2016

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders actually have a lot in common.

They are both running renegade campaigns calling for a complete overhaul of the political establishment.

Yet the two candidates are being treated very differently by the press.

Let's take Mr. Trump first.  I think it's safe to say most of the establishment media despises him.

Mr. Trump's populist approach, straight talk about stopping illegal immigration, and punishing those he believes are harming America is unsettling to many liberal people.

Thus, when Trump is interviewed there is usually a question designed to put him on the defensive:

JAKE TAPPER, CNN ANCHOR: "Is Tuesday must-win after the loss in Iowa?"

DONALD TRUMP: "There wasn't a loss.  I came in second.  I only came in second because of the fact that Cruz took a lot of votes away from Carson that should not have been taken away.  He's apologized, but I don't know what comes of that."

We'll get to the Cruz situation in a moment but you can see that Mr. Tapper defined the Iowa vote as a loss for Trump when overall that may not be the case.

Again, the Trump insurgency -- and that's what it is -- is a threat to liberal America and the media doesn't like it.

On the Bernie Sanders front, things are friendlier.

Sanders is rarely attacked by the press even though some of his proposals are so far out they would be impossible to achieve.

Sanders saying things like college students are entitled to free education is swell but impossible due to the cost.

The back and forth between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton does get some coverage, but because Sanders often gets the upper hand it is played down.

Yesterday the senator was asked about the verbal assassin David Brock, who -- despite being a smear-merchant -- is very close to Hillary Clinton.

BERNIE SANDERS: "Let's remember who David Brock is.  He is a political attack dog.  And I happen to like Hillary Clinton.  But I am astounded by some of the people that she has hired, including David Brock. ((EDIT)) This is the guy that Hillary Clinton is making the head of her super PAC?  I just don't understand."

Sanders raises an excellent point that you will not hear much about because the liberal media often covers for Hillary Clinton. 

In fact it was almost stunning that a moderator who works for NBC News actually hugged Sanders and Clinton after the Democratic debate last week.

She hugged them.

Can you imagine if Megyn Kelly had hugged the Republican contenders?

The media would have run wild with that.

And by the way, Megyn's questions to the Republicans were a thousand times tougher than what we saw at the recent NBC-run Democrat debate.

Finally, we established beyond a reasonable doubt that CNN's reportage of Ben Carson's Iowa situation last week hurt Doctor Carson in the voting.

There is no doubt about it.

We also told you that the Cruz campaign took advantage of the CNN misinformation and that might have skewed the results in Iowa.

But the liberal media did not come down on CNN, yet ripped Senator Cruz.

Does that sound fair to you?

Summing up, all Republicans should understand they will not be getting a fair shake in the presidential election of 2016.

And that's the memo.

Posted by Bill O'Reilly at 7:22 PM
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