The Mainstream Media Frenzy Post-Debate

After the first presidential debate on Monday night, a feeding frenzy commenced. Anti-Trump journalists and pundits let loose on social media and television. Some of the bashing of the GOP nominee was over the top; more of it, wishful thinking. Interestingly enough, Slate’s own readers seemed to think Donald Trump had it. In a survey on that site of who won the contest, Trump topped Clinton 55 to 45 percent. Sidestepping predictions of doom from pundits in the media has become something of a hallmark of Trump’s presidential bid. But a past mountain of disproved Trump-demise predictions didn’t stop the media frenzy Tuesday. “Trump’s Debate Performance Was the Worst Ever,” declared a headline on Howard Fineman’s story on The Huffington Post. “Republican nominee Donald Trump turned in the worst — and I mean worst — debate performance in modern times. It was so bad that in a normal year, it would disqualify him from getting anywhere near the White House,” wrote Fineman, a longtime journalist

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