(News Busters) Of all the ridiculous excuses Hillary Clinton could possibly make on her book tour to explain why she couldn’t win the 2016 election, the most ridiculous has to be the excuse that the national media favored Donald Trump.
The easiest way to point and laugh? Witness the Clinton-loving media greet that ludicrous insult as very credible, and worth considering. The folks at NBC’s Today just nodded along. Mrs. Clinton unspooled her guilt trip in a video interview with Ezra Klein for the leftist site Vox. She claimed “We don’t control the media environment the way the Right does.”
Call it The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy 2.0. She did the exact same thing during the Monica mess: blame the Right. And Bill always blamed the press when things went sour.
Then Hillary unloaded a false number. “But really, Ezra, when you get 32 minutes in a whole year to cover all policy, how does that work?” That refers to a study by the Tyndall Report that implied that ABC, CBS, and NBC evening news programs provided only 32 minutes of stories solely on policy, as opposed to campaign stories that mentioned the candidates’ daily talking points on policy.
It’s not crazy to say the media focused more on personalities and outrageous statements, just as Hillary’s own commercials did , but it’s simply disingenuous – Clintonian – to state policy drew 30 minutes of coverage in 11 months.
She also complained that the media “can’t bear to face their own role in helping elect Trump, from providing him free airtime to giving my e-mails three times more coverage than all the issues affecting people’s lives combined.” The footnote for that howler is an embarrassingly terrible Harvard study that didn’t study the “news media,” but included blogs and tweets and was judged by a computer, not actual humans…