Everybody knows that media in general favors liberal Democrat candidates and politicians. It’s been that way for decades and isn’t going to change any time soon.
But on Thursday morning, Donald Trump floated a conspiracy theory that, if true, would take media bias to a completely new level, especially since the third and final presidential debate was hosted by FOX News, not exactly part of the vast Democrat Media Complex.
Without providing any evidence or proof, Trump claimed that Hillary Clinton was provided the debate questions “inappropriately” in advance of last night’s debate and that “she secretly used them.”
Of course, Trump made his statement on Twitter:
Why didn't Hillary Clinton announce that she was inappropriately given the debate questions – she secretly used them! Crooked Hillary.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2016
Current DNC Chair Donna Brazile, who was then the DNC vice chairwoman and who was also a CNN commentator, noted in leaked WikiLeaks emails that sometimes she was given debate questions in advance — questions that she could then pass on to Clinton’s communication team.
According to the leaked emails, Brazile passed on one question regarding the death penalty to Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri. A very similar question was then asked during a town hall on March 13.
But in an interview with FOX News’ Megyn Kelly following the debate, Brazile claimed to be under “persecution” and noted that she’s seen “so many doctored emails,” an attempt to play the victim card and to invalidate the information on the leaked emails.
It’s extremely unlikely that Chris Wallace would have given Hillary Clinton debate questions in advance and for Donald Trump to make such a charge without providing any evidence to back it up is reckless and irresponsible.
Trump, who is losing badly to Clinton, needed a knockout punch in the final debate, a Reaganesque moment that would have changed the narrative of the race with less than three weeks to go.
Instead, he gave the media further sound bites to bury him even deeper, suggesting that he may not accept the results on the debate if he loses (nobody likes a sore loser) and called Hillary a “nasty woman,” which is not going to help him sway undecided voters (even if it is true and it is) who are already turned off by his unstable and volatile temperament.
You can be sure Trump’s accusation will play well on pro-Trump propaganda sites. And you can rest assured that Trump’s pal David Pecker will have a field day furthering the conspiracy theory on the cover of The National Enquirer.