I think it’s important to recognize when we are being fed a narrative by the media, even when it’s a narrative we like … no, especially when its one we like. Donald Trump, trying to get his campaign back on track, was giving a speech on the Economy in Detroit yesterday. At the same time the media was reporting that “50 G.O.P. Officials Warn Donald Trump Would Put Nation’s Security ‘at Risk’“.
The timing implies an effort to undermine the Donald Trump campaign but the reporting on this letter doesn’t question the timing at all. They only note that it is “striking” how well the letter reinforces the Clinton Campaign’s message that Trump is unqualified to be President. There is no attempt to question the Clinton Campaign about whether this release was coordinated. Even if the campaign were to deny it, they should print the denial.
And then there’s the headline: what is a “GOP Official”? It implies someone who officially represents the GOP or perhaps someone “official” who is also in the GOP. But neither of these is true. Most off the signatories of the letter in question no longer work for the Government and do not represent the GOP in any official capacity. They could be accurately described as “Former Republican Administration Officials”.
Finally no context is given for these nameless officials, many of whom served in the Bush Administration and presided over some pretty bad policies … i.e. Regime Change in Iraq and the PRISM surveillance program. Are they still credible given their jingoistic tendencies?
I hate to sound like I’m defending Trump but anytime major media so clearly takes sides in an election I think it should be clearly stated and transparent rather then surreptitious and underhanded.