Michael Gaynor
Donald Trump must continue to counterattack liberal media bias, not ignore it
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By Michael Gaynor
August 24, 2016

Cruz particularly needs to remember his words and his pledge and then to tell the world that his conscience is telling him to vote for Trump instead of "Menshevik" Hillary Clinton.

Liberal media bias is a fundamental problem Republican presidential candidates must overcome, not a mere distraction best ignored.

In 2012 then Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and lost the Presidency by fumbling a golden opportunity presented by debate "moderator" Candy Crowley in that year's last presidential debate.

Romney had shocked the biased liberal media establishment by winning there first of the three 2012 presidential nominees.

Obama needed to win the third debate and Crowley went all out to keep the Age of Obama going by elevating her role from moderator to judge and pronouncing Romney wrong and Obama right about what Obama had said.

As debate moderator, Crowley was not expected to be a potted plan, but she was not supposed to maker findings of fact.

Nevertheless, that's precisely what Crowley did, claiming that she had written proof.

Instead of insisting that Crowley was not only wrong on the facts, but blatantly biased, Romney failed to attack the biased liberal media personified by Crowley.

He didn't look presidential when the presidency was on the line.

Earlier in the 2012 presidential campaign then Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich had captured the South Carolina Republican primary over Romney by attacking liberal media bias then personified by debate "moderator" John King.

Sadly, Romney did not learn from that experience and, instead of a victory speech, ended the 2012 presidential race with a notably gracious concession speech that must have pleased President Obama and the biased liberal media.

2016 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is running to win, not to concede, and he needs to be ready to expose liberal media bias during the presidential debates, not to pretend it is either non-existent or beyond criticism.

Ted Cruz, Trump's closest competitor for the Republican presidential nomination, brilliantly demonstrated the effectiveness of bashing liberal media bias in debate.

As The Hill reported (http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/258476-crowd-roars-as-cruz-attacks-the-media):

"Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas won some of the biggest cheers of the first segment of the Republican presidential debate Wednesday with a vigorous attack on the media in general, and the CNBC moderators in particular.

"Cruz, asked about the debt limit, diverted to assert that the questions posed in the first half-hour of the debate 'illustrate why the American people don't trust the media. This is not a cage match.'

"The first-term senator went on the paraphrase what he argued were excessively hostile questions directed at a number of the other candidates on stage, including Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

"'You look at the questions; Donald Trump, are you a comic book villain? Ben Carson, can you do math? John Kasich, can you insult those two people over here? Marco Rubio, will you resign? Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen? How about talking about the substantive issues people care about?' Cruz asked, almost being drowned out as the audience in Boulder, Colo., loudly voiced its approval."

Cruz was right and both Trump and Cruz need to remember that.

Cruz continued: "The men and women on this stage have more ideas, more experience, more common sense than every participant in the Democratic debate. That debate reflected a debate between the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks."

Cruz particularly needs to remember his words and his pledge and then to tell the world that his conscience is telling him to vote for Trump instead of "Menshevik" Hillary Clinton.

The Hill article continued:

"Cruz's remarks appeared to score big with the audience beyond the hall as well.

"Republican pollster Frank Luntz, who is running a focus group of debate-watchers, said that the comments caused the dials measuring approval to hit 98. 'That's the highest score we've ever measured. EVER,' Luntz tweeted.

"The Texas senator's remarks also found sympathy in a more unlikely quarter. Left-leaning TV talk show host Bill Maher tweeted: 'oh my god did i just hear Ted Cruz say something awesome that i agree with? Yes. The media is even stupider than the pols.'"

Whether or not well-meaning, those person saying that Trump should give liberal media bias a pass pose a clear and present danger to making America great again.

These recent tweets by Trump show that Trump is not accepting the advice not to attack there biased liberal media:

1. "Some day, when things calm down, I'll tell the real story of @JoeNBC and his very insecure long-time girlfriend, @morningmika. Two clowns!"

2. "Tried watching low-rated @Morning_Joe this morning, unwatchable! @morningmika is off the wall, a neurotic and not very bright mess!"

Trump became the 2016 Republican presidential nominee by being authentic and counterattacking.

The liberal media establishment wants its bias to be accepted.

Trump has smartly refused and needs to continue to refuse, despite some well-meaning advice to focus exclusively on attacking 2016 Democrat presidential nominee and not taking the bait to highlight distractions.

Counterattacking liberal media bias is essential to victory, not a whimsical frolic best left undone.

© Michael Gaynor

 

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Michael Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member... (more)

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