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The Media Has Spun Out Of Control

Updated on August 7, 2016
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Lifelong learner, musician, author, world traveler, truth enthusiast, and all around bon vivant.

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Let’s Play a Game of “He Said” and “She Said”

It started at the DNC. It’s important to remember that. Khizr Khan and his wife were featured there, where he bitterly criticized Donald Trump for his comments concerning Muslims. Khizr pointedly asked, “Have you even read the United States Constitution?” in reference to Trump.

I don’t know about you, but if someone went on a nationally televised event, and said, “Carolyn Fields, have you ever even read the United States Constitution?” I would feel personally attacked.

In response, Trump said this: “While I feel deeply for the loss of his son, Mr. Khan who has never met me, has no right to stand in front of millions of people and claim I have never read the Constitution, (which is false) and say many other inaccurate things.”

He also said, “I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard.” He also states that Khan “was, you know, very emotional and probably looked like a nice guy to me.” His campaign later released a statement calling Captain Khan (Khizr’s son) “a hero to our country.”

What the media seized upon was Trump's remark, “I’d like to hear his wife say something.” It should be noted that Khizr’s wife sat next to him during the speech, and never uttered a word. If Hillary had said that, she would have been praised for her promotion of women’s equal rights.

How the Media Reported It

Here are a few clips from the media:

(The Guardian) Trump has repeatedly fired back at Khan for “viciously attacking” him and suggested that Khan didn’t allow his wife to speak because of their Muslim faith. [That’s a reach. He never said that, although you could certainly imply it]

(LA Times) The controversy over his jibes at the Muslim parents of a soldier killed in action continued to overshadow Donald Trump’s campaign Monday as he struggled to prevent broader defections among nervous Republicans after days of self-induced trouble. [Actually, his supporters are unmoved]

(CNN) By any conventional standard, Donald Trump just blundered through the worst three days of any presidential candidate in living memory.

Now Let’s Talk About Hillary

Pat Smith spoke at the RNC. Her son was killed in Benghazi along with three others, when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. Pat blamed Hillary personally for the death of her son, adding that the then-secretary lied about the attack, claiming the violence was started by an anti-Islam video.

Clinton denies this. Her response in an interview with Mike Wallace was: “You know, look, I feel a great deal of sympathy for the families of the four brave Americans that we lost at Benghazi. And I certainly can’t even imagine the grief that she has for losing her son. But she’s wrong. She’s absolutely wrong.” She added, “I understand the grief and the incredible sense of loss that can motivate that. As other members of families who lost loved ones have said, that’s not what they heard, I don’t hold any ill feeling for someone who in that moment may not fully recall everything that was or wasn’t said.”

So, Hillary Clinton just called Pat Smith, a Gold Star Mother, a liar. On national television. Where is the outrage for this? Of course, Hillary was much, much better than Donald at expressing her sympathy. But aren’t Gold Star parents supposed to be “off limits?” I guess what’s good for the goose isn’t necessary good for the gander. At least in politics anyway.

Partisan Politics

The above makes it clear what we all knew, but were afraid to say out loud: People’s reactions to a grieving parent align with their partisan perspective. If it’s the RNC, and you’re a democrat, Pat Smith showed the “unabashed exploitation of private people’s grief.” If it’s the DNC, and you are a Republican, you see that the Democrats showcasing of the Khans is a mirror image of showcasing Smith, and equally as offensive in terms of exploiting grief. Either way, nobody wins. Especially the American public.

Addendum

Just a few more facts about Khizr Khan. He is a lawyer - we all know that. What type of law does he practice? He engages in procurement of EB5 immigration visas and other “Related Immigration Services.” The EB5 program essentially helps wealthy foreigners buy their way into America (http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/09/should-congress-let-wealthy-foreigners-buy-citizenship/406432/ ). After the big media blow-up, his website (which has been removed from the internet) revealed that Khan spent nearly a decade working for the mega-D.C. law firm Hogan & Hartson—now Hogan Lovells LLP—which connects him directly with the government of Saudi Arabia and the Clintons themselves. Big oops. But the mainstream media will never report this story. Mark my words.

What do you think about the use of Gold Star parents in the campaign?

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    Mel Carriere 16 months ago from San Diego California

    Both sides make me sick to my stomach with this shameless exploitation. All of this crap bounces off of both candidates, nothing will stick. They commit their crimes and nobody really cares because, as you suggest, the media is able to smooth over everything, depending on whose propaganda machine we are talking about. Great hub.

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    Carolyn Fields 16 months ago from South Dakota, USA

    https://pjmedia.com/trending/2016/01/13/benghazi-d...

    Apparently, one of the Gold Star Parents took notes.

    Oops again.

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    stella vadakin 16 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Carolyn, 20 and 51 are the local Lake City, and Gainesville. WOGX, WCJB. Thanks, Stella

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    Banned cause of pissants promisem and deantraylor 16 months ago from TWO OF THE MANY LYING LIB CRYBABIES OF HUB PAGES

    You are right, leaning one way or the other is an inevitability as we are only human and because of that over zealousness on the part of any station's journalists or commentators is a possibility but distorting the truth or refusing to cover news on a daily basis to the extent the main stream media does is not leaning, it is a calculated and purposely deceptive way of doing business to support the liberal ideology.

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    Carolyn Fields 16 months ago from South Dakota, USA

    Lady - I am not familiar with 51 - what is that station called (call letters)?

    As for "fair and balanced," I don't think that's humanly possible - IMHO. There will always be a subtle bias, depending on your personal point of view. Some broadcasters take it WAY too far, which is what I was trying to describe in my hub.

    Fox's audience leans conservative, while CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC have audiences that lean left (my source is The Business Insider - http://www.businessinsider.com/what-your-preferred...

    Good discussion. Thank you.

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    Banned cause of pissants promisem and deantraylor 16 months ago from TWO OF THE MANY LYING LIB CRYBABIES OF HUB PAGES

    At least Fox is more balanced than any of the others, polls say so not just them, but what you perceive as bashing democrats is only telling the truth about them. The other networks bash Conservatives and Republicans (there is a difference) with lies, misinformation and obfuscation of the truth, more than one of their journalists have been fired and/or reprimanded for doing so, they don't even pursue stories if the truth hurts their liberal buddies whom they are in bed with as the DNC emails prove.

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    stella vadakin 16 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    This is the way it is now, out of control. If I watch Fox, it is the same old thing bash the democrats . Then I can watch 51, where is the truth. You can watch and see who is a democrat, and who is republican, what ever happened to report the news, and let me decide for myself. Loved your hub,stella

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    Carolyn Fields 16 months ago from South Dakota, USA

    Yes, Tazer Man, I was trying to be kind. Thanks for reading.

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    Banned cause of pissants promisem and deantraylor 16 months ago from TWO OF THE MANY LYING LIB CRYBABIES OF HUB PAGES

    Well done Carolyn. The media spun out of control many years ago and that is being kind. "Spun out of control" suggests something is broken, but in this case the result is not because of a broken media but because of a calculating and evil, corrupt and I would say even criminal media which has nothing to do with journalism, it is purely a propaganda arm of the Democrat party, the left and globalist's agendas, the creators of the double standard and the prime socialist/communist instrument of the destruction of democracy, capitalism and the American way.