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AIM Editor On Cavuto About Election Coverage Standards

Friday, October 7, 2016 8:30
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By: Roger Aronoff | Accuracy in Media


Accuracy in Media Editor Roger Aronoff was a guest on “Cavuto Coast to Coast” on September 30 on the Fox Business Network. The topic was the mainstream media’s double standard toward presidential candidates, and their willful pursuit of negative stories about Donald Trump while giving Hillary Clinton’s many scandals a pass.

Aronoff remarked on the show that he thought NBC anchor and recent debate moderator Lester Holt “got the message” from the mainstream media to go after Trump during the presidential debate. “If you watched the debate, he started out seemingly fairly innocuous and just trying to be down the middle,” said Aronoff. “But it turned into something where he went after Trump on several issues, and completely ignored Benghazi, the Clinton Foundation, the Clinton emails—all those things never got any kind of airing by Lester Holt.”

Aronoff called Hillary Clinton’s decision as secretary of state to send and receive classified information on an unsecured personal server a “national security scandal” and a disqualifier.

The media’s decision to treat Trump unfairly has been a consistent theme in recent months. “We had this article last month from Jim Rutenberg at The New York Times saying Trump poses such a unique potential danger as president that it’s okay to throw out journalistic standards,” said Aronoff. “Not that [these standards] really existed in recent elections, but that’s the argument.”

“But again, the standards have been thrown out for this one, and Trump is seen as so dangerous in their minds, that they don’t feel the standards are necessary, to try to be even appearing to be objective,” said Aronoff.

You can watch Aronoff’s recent appearance on “Cavuto Coast to Coast” here.

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