Behind the Media Spin of the RNC
Liberal bias paints GOP convention as 'disunified,' 'chaotic' despite overwhelming unity so far
“Rancor Reigns as Bitterly Divided Republicans Begin Their Convention.”
“Chaos erupts on GOP convention floor after voice vote shuts down NeverTrump forces.”
“Convention drama: Trump campaign stops rules rebellion.”
“First Read: Day One Debacle for Team Trump.”
These are just a few of the headlines dribbling out the spigot of the mainstream media spin machine as the Republican National Convention in Cleveland heads into its third day.
Whether they were leveling accusations against Melania Trump for plagiarizing first lady Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech or spinning other speeches as racist, angry, and divisive, the media at large relished the chance to present the GOP as a divisive and troubled entity plagued by hatred and implausibility — despite the fact the convention has been largely calm, unified, and forward-looking.
Honing in on the RNC’s negatives and instances of “political incorrectness,” the media has been seeking to discredit or misrepresent the positive elements the RNC has witnessed thus far.
“What I do know for sure is if we disunify, then we hand the Left the country by default for another four years,” Ryan said. “I just don’t want to be a party to that. I don’t want to be complicit to that.”
It’s no secret that many Establishment Republicans disapprove of Donald Trump or were reluctant to support him after he became the presumptive presidential nominee after a bitter primary season. Some even opted out of attending the RNC at all, such as former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, as well as Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a former rival of Trump’s who declined to attend the convention housed in his home state. Although some vocal critics have refused to support Trump — or vote for him in the general election — many others have come together in the spirit of party unity to rally around the man Republican voters and delegates have chosen.
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So why does the liberal media feel the need to portray the GOP as a predominantly scrambling bunch of clamoring imbeciles?
“In a highly unusual show of disunity and anger on the floor of a modern party convention, a group of states tried to force a state-by-state roll call vote on the rules of the convention,” a CNN article said. “The rebellion apparently caught Trump’s campaign team by surprise, and his lieutenants were seen frantically whipping votes on the floor to squelch the effort amid scenes of deepening disarray.”
But Trump himself had something to say about CNN’s coverage of the convention.
“@CNN is the worst. They go to their dumb, one-sided panels when a podium speaker is for Trump! VAST MAJORITY want: Make America Great Again!” Trump tweeted on Monday. “Networks other than low ratings @CNN have been very fair and exciting!”
Clinton’s campaign tweeted a video, saying, “Donald Trump lost control of his own convention before it even started.”
In reality, the efforts of the anti-Trump delegates to force a roll call vote to change the party rules were easily defeated inside the convention hall on Monday when Rep. Steve Womack of Arkansas, who is sitting as temporary chairman of the convention, found there to be “insufficient support.” And despite the hundreds of protesters who have gathered outside the convention to express their disapproval of the proceedings, the protests have largely been peaceful.
Although the media should report on disruptions and controversies that occur at the RNC, their marked spin simply provides further evidence of a polarized country — and a biased media skewed toward Hillary.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has made little effort to hide his reluctance in endorsing the presumptive nominee for president, admitted during his Tuesday evening RNC speech that although Trump is “not my kind of conservative,” he will support Trump’s candidacy.
“There are things I take issue with that I want to make sure it’s clear why I do,” Ryan said Monday at a lunch hosted by The Wall Street Journal before adding that Trump “does listen.”
“What I do know for sure is if we disunify, then we hand the left the country by default for another four years,” Ryan said. “I just don’t want to be a party to that. I don’t want to be complicit to that.”