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Conservative media keep flag flying for a Trump victory

Nov 9th, 2016 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

 

trump-400x400The American media is traditionally split according to partisan lines with many news sources aligning themselves along a Republican-Democrat line.

Newswire monitored and reported on the conservative online media in the United States over the course of Election Day 2016.

The four most popular conservative online news sources were monitored.

Fox News was the most mainstream and certainly not unknown to Kiwi viewers.

Newsmax is a news site founded by Christopher Ruddy and based in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The Blaze is a multiplatform news network by conservative talk radio personality and entrepreneur Glenn Beck.

Breitbart News is a news and opinion website founded in 2007 by conservative commentator and entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart.

Other less important news sources are important too, such as Townhall, Hot Air and the website of entertainer, radio talk show host, writer, and conservative political commentator Rush Limbaugh.

Online coverage of the big four conservative websites was sketchy and unpredictably focused.

By 5:25pm (New Zealand time) the House of Representatives had gone to the Republicans but the conservative online media hadn’t exactly made that clear.

At 6:05pm they still hadn’t mentioned the recount in Florida.

There was a strong focus on the negative financial implications of the election – the price of oil, the Mexican Peso and falling government bonds.

There seemed to be a genuine concentration on more sensationalist news stories rather than those that actually told the story of the election.

A number of different stories found their way to the fore of conservative coverage of the 2016 elections.

A gunman who caused the lockdown of two polling places was later found dead in Azusa, Ca, said Fox News.

Breitbart reported that mentally ill voters were being used as pawns to commit election fraud in Florida.

Again, Breitbart reported that a voting machine in Pennsylvania was switching votes from Trump to Clinton.

Breitbart, clearly on a roll, then complained that Madonna wasn’t going to honour her promise to fellate Clinton voters.

Madonna was apparently not impressed.

No mention was made of the dissension that exists within the Republican Party.

For example, the protagonist in the recent shooting scare in which Trump was bustled off the stage was a self-proclaimed “Anti-Trump Republican”.

Apparently people like that don’t warrant a mention in the conservative media.

By 7:17pm the conservative online media still hadn’t said that the Republicans had won the House.

At around 7:40pm Trump had won Pennsylvania and probably the Presidency and we had to hear it from mainstream media.

 

 

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