Media’s Double Standard in Coverage of Trump and Alt-Right
The media has been frenzied in its coverage of the alt-right and its support for president-elect Donald Trump, as well as Trump’s failure to immediately repudiate the group for some of its radical views. While many of the alt-right’s stances are indefensible, it has to be said that the media has employed a significant double standard in its coverage of Trump’s support from the alt-right when compared to its coverage of President Obama’s supporters in 2008 and 2012. Likewise, the media has dissected Trump’s Cabinet choices with a fine-toothed comb but wholly embraced president-elect Obama’s very radical Cabinet choices without ado.
On Tuesday, for example, CNN’s anchor Chris Cuomo criticized Trump for failing to denounce the alt-right movement — which has thrown its support behind Trump — by name.
“It’s about being a leader,” Cuomo…
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