Why are the media obsessed with Trump’s controversies and not Clinton’s?
It surely does seem that, at times, the news is all about Trump. This has been a common impression, and complaint, throughout the presidential campaign. In the primary season, cable news often carried Trump’s boisterous rally speeches in their entirety, while other hopefuls struggled for any airtime at all.
Trump’s GOP rivals were exasperated at their inability to break through. More recently, the frustration has come from the Trump camp, where the old saw about there being “no bad publicity” is no longer operative.
The media have feasted on Trump’s feud with a Gold Star family, his invitation to Russian hackers, his rocky relations with GOP leaders, his call to uncertain actions by “Second Amendment people” and other knotty spots in the past two weeks.
We have also seen exhaustive coverage of the lead Hillary Clinton has opened in national polls in the past two weeks. But in the same period, controversies touching Clinton have emerged from various sources without prompting nearly the same media fascination.
Trump and some surrogates complained Wednesday that too little was made of Seddique Mateen popping up in the crowd behind Clinton at a rally in Orlando. Mateen is the father of the man who killed 49 people at an Orlando nightclub in June. The Clinton campaign said the rally was an “open door event” that Mateen had attended on his own, without the campaign’s knowledge.
More significant was another batch of old emails showing contacts between staffers of the Clinton Foundation and State Department personnel while Clinton was secretary. The emails were released by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group that has pursued the Clintons since the 1990s. …