Earlier this month, I was browsing Facebook on a Sunday afternoon when I came across a surprising headline: Hillary Clinton Leaves 9/11 Memorial Feeling “Overheated.” Interested to hear more, I did what anyone seeking quick, up-to-date news would do: I turned on the television. Not surprisingly, the only political channel covering Clinton’s fainting spell was Fox News. CNN and MSNBC limited coverage of Clinton’s pneumonia scare to the web until the following morning. Of course, Fox News just gave its viewers exactly what Fox thought they wanted, the indelible image of Hillary Clinton being dragged into her motorcade like a sack of potatoes.
I generally dislike attacks on America’s media for biased coverage; when nicknames are thrown around like CNN, the “Clinton News Network,” or the neo-conservative “Faux News.” Criticizing certain media outlets for political bias only encourages people to surround themselves in a bubble of news they want to hear. Nonetheless, in the race for clicks and ratings traditional journalism appears to be losing badly. Donald Trump is certainly vocal about the entire mainstream media’s attempt to smear his candidacy, repeatedly calling the news “dishonest and corrupt.” I’m no fan of Trump's, but it's hard to disagree with him on this issue after watching political news coverage for the past year.