During the Obama Administration, conservatives flooded themselves with anti-Obama propaganda from Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. Listen to these outlets long enough and one might believe President Obama was at worst the antichrist or at best destroying America from within.
President Obama has said on a number of occasions, “If I watched Fox News, I wouldn’t vote for me either.” The characterization of Obama on conservative outlets was terrible.
But so the problem is not that all Republicans think the way this guy does. The problem is, is that they’ve been riding this tiger for a long time. They’ve been feeding their base all kinds of crazy for years — (applause) — primarily for political expedience. So if Trump was running around saying I wasn’t born here, they were okay with that as long as it helped them with votes. If some of these folks on talk radio started talking about how I was the anti-Christ, you know, it’s just politics. (Laughter.) You think I’m joking. (Laughter.)
If somebody completely denies climate change, or is filled up with all kinds of conspiracy theories about how me and Hillary started ISIL, or that we were plotting to declare martial law and take away everybody’s guns.
We did a military exercise — the Pentagon does these periodically in Texas, and suddenly all the folks in Texas were all like, they’re going to take over right now! (Laughter.) I’m serious. And then the senator down there said, yeah, we better look into that. (Laughter.) And the governor says, well, I don’t know. What do you mean you don’t know? (Laughter.) What does that mean? (Applause.) Really? You think that like the entire Pentagon said, oh, really, you want to declare martial law and take over Texas? Let’s do it under the guise of routine training missions — (laughter) — and everybody is going to be — but they took it seriously.
This is in the swamp of crazy that has been fed over and over and over and over again. (Applause.) Look, I — and there’s sort of a spectrum, right — it’s a whole kind of ecosystem. And look, if I watched Fox News I wouldn’t vote for me. (Laughter.) I understand. If I was listening to Rush Limbaugh, I’d say, man, that’s terrible. (Laughter.) Fortunately, I have more diverse sources of information. (Applause.)
Let the past 8 years of anti-Obama coverage by conservative-leaning outlets serve as a warning. A news outlet is a business. The kind of business that tells people what they want to hear for ratings. Do not feed the temptation to exaggerate the truth by reading too much about Trump.
The temptation is there for both sides. Stir up controversy, sell more papers, get more views. They know that the losing side is hungry for confirmation bias. We want to read how terrible Trump is and if they can give us a reason to read every day, they will.
Don’t feed the monster.
Brooding every day about how terrible Trump is will not make our country better. Know who you will vote for next election and why—then move on. Read something educational instead. Reading something new every day to grumble over is toxic.
The media has a responsibility to provide Americans with the truth. That’s it. Don’t let an influx of views and dollars distract from an honest mission. Mission first, money second.