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Damned liberal media

If you've been paying any attention to the Republican candidates for president—an act which requires a certain amount of teeth-gritting and blood pressure medication—you know that one of their favorite ploys is to criticize the media for reporting anything negative about them. Donald Trump seems to have the thinnest skin.

What the people who have "I Don't Trust the Liberal Media" bumper stickers on their cars don't seem to realize is that the press isn't as flat-out partisan as they'd like to believe. For example, here's a passage from a New York Times story this morning that involves media criticism from a prominent Democrat:

[President Obama] also suggested that heavy coverage of the media-savvy extremist group by news outlets chasing viewership had contributed to the public anxiety that has dragged down his approval ratings on the issue.

“If you’ve been watching television for the last month, all you have been seeing, all you have been hearing about is these guys with masks or black flags who are potentially coming to get you,” Mr. Obama said. “And so I understand why people are concerned about it.”

Asked whether news organizations had been manipulated by the Islamic State, he added: “Look, the media is pursuing ratings. This is a legitimate news story.”

The Republicans' shoot-the-messenger strategy is so old it can't even be carbon-dated, but it succeeds in distracting people from keeping their eyes on the ball. The ball, of course, represents who's getting richer and who's getting poorer in America. There's a case to be made for saying everything that's wrong with our country can be traced back to those two factors.

When I say "everything that's wrong with our country," let me point out that I loathe Mr. Trump's campaign slogan about making America great again. I think it's a great country already. Sure, we need a healthy dose of self-improvement, but as far as I'm concerned, Mr. Trump can take his slogan and jam it down his throat. His mouth certainly is big enough to allow it to fit.

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