Last Friday it was a surprise to hear NPR of all places lead with the story on Hillary’s leaked speeches last Saturday, even going as far as to note that it’s all anyone would be talking about if it weren’t for the Trump audio leak that the Washington Post had also released that day.
And guess what? NPR was the voice of reason. Look throughout the media coverage of both events and you’ll find the Trump leaks masked the Clinton leak. Even during Sunday’s debate, we saw more attention given to the Trump leak than Hillary’s.
If we read the score, there was more than ten times more coverage of the Trump leak than the Hillary leak. If there was any question the left is actively trying to silence dissent, this should put that to bed.
Going into Sunday night’s debate, ABC, CBS and NBC offered relentless coverage of the just-disclosed audio of Donald Trump in 2005 talking about his attempted sexual conquests, suggesting this could be the revelation that finally ends Trump’s campaign.
Even though the story broke on Friday afternoon, the three broadcast evening newscasts were ready with just under 10 minutes of coverage that night; the next morning, the Saturday morning shows churned out another 36 minutes of coverage of Trump’s scandal.
But shortly after the Trump story broke, hacked e-mails gave political reporters a glimpse into the speech excerpts that Hillary Clinton’s campaign refused to disclose during her primary campaign against Bernie Sanders. The excerpts showed Clinton boasting in her speeches to big Wall Street banks that she had to present one set of policy views to the public, while keeping her private views to herself.
The networks treated this as an afterthought. Friday’s CBS Evening News carved out a mere five-second mention at the conclusion of a story about Russian hacking of the election. The next morning, the Saturday broadcast morning shows offered less than five minutes of coverage to Clinton’s latest headache.
Looking at Saturday night’s news and the Sunday morning and evening shows, the networks produced another 58 minutes of Trump coverage, not including political talk shows like Meet the Press or This Week. But the Clinton scandal received just under three minutes of additional coverage.
Add it all up, and from Friday night through Sunday night, the networks produced 103 minutes of coverage of the Trump tape and its potential effect on the race, vs. just under eight minutes of coverage for Clinton’s scandal.
And to those who might suggest that such a sleazy, lewd disclosure about someone who might be president deserves such massive coverage, consider this: In February 1994, former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones sued then-President Clinton for allegedly dropping his pants and instructing her to “kiss it.”
If the media were giving as much attention to Hillary’s scandals as Trump’s, I think we’d all be wondering why Trump isn’t fifty-points ahead in the polls.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]