There is no such thing as a free lunch or free airtime. Most of the stories are negative.
When it comes time to discuss the news, the show pack the panels with Never Trumpers.
Here was yesterday's Sunday Fox News All-Star Panel:
George Will, Julie Pace, Karl Rove, and Juan Williams.What? Rosie O'Donnell was unavailable? Will and Rove have running feuds with Trump (which they started and he is finishing) while Williams is the in-house apologist for Clinton. Pace is with the Associated Press and she seems fairly objective about the race.
Over at ABC:
Jon Karl, Greta van Susteren, Cenk Uygur, Alex Wagner, George Stephanopoulos.Karl is an objective ABC reporter and Van Susteren is a Trump-friendly Fox News host. But the other three are to the left of Rachel Maddow. Stephanopoulos has never stopped being a Clinton campaigner.
Over at CBS:
Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report, John Heilemann of Bloomberg Politics, Reihan Salam of National Review, and The Washington Post's Dana Milbank.The Cook report has repeatedly sold Trump short. Heilemann's boss supports Hillary. Nevertheless, I will count them as neutral. The other two work for Never Trump publications and toe their company's line.
Over at NBC:
Alex Castellanos, who is now advising Donald Trump's Super PAC, Hallie Jackson of NBC News, who covers much of the Republican side of this race, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin and New York Times columnist, David Brooks.Castellanos was a Never Trumper who now works on a Trump Super PAC. Jackson is an NBC reporter. Goodwin, a historian, and Brooks of the New York Times columnist hate The Donald. The show's host Chuck Todd has gotten Trump wrong from Day Minus One and refuses to learn.
So out of 20 panelists and host, you had two Trump supporters (Van Susteren and Castellanos), six neutral and 12 anti-Trumpers.
The media is out of control, and out of touch. We used to joke about the media being Pravda. The way it trashed Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, and now Trump, the joke is on anyone who believes these (blankety-blanks).
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