Nearly half of the Republican commentators on the CNN news network will vote for Democratic candidate Joe Biden in this election, projecting a perception that is false or far removed from the overall Republican position, the Washington Free Bacon reported.
This lopsided representation of Republicans who support Democrats distorts CNN viewers’ perception of the Republicans’ true position on President Trump and his administration.
Tim Graham, a media analyst and news network critic, said the message CNN is trying to convey is that only good Republicans oppose Trump, and that they don’t dare air a Republican who supports Trump, let alone a Democrat who supports the president like Vernon Jones, who spoke at the Republican National Convention and made headlines after he was attacked by a Black Lives Matters mob as he left the convention in Washington, according to Breitbart.
CNN political commentators who call themselves Republicans are Miles Taylor, a former Homeland Security official; former Ohio Gov. John Kasich who even spoke at the Democratic National Convention; Amanda Carpenter and Tara Setmayer, former federal government employees; Ana Navarro-Cárdenas a political strategist; and former Republican representative for Pennsylvania Charlie Dent: all of them said publicly that they will vote for the Democratic candidate this year and use their airtime to criticize the president’s administration, leading news network viewers to believe that the president does not have the support of his own party.
Even the polls, however, paint a different picture; that President Trump has high approval ratings within the Republican Party.
Trump usually uses his Twitter account to show the approval rating in the party and thanking the Republicans for their support.
96% Approval Rating in the Republican Party. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 22, 2020
Trump has referred to Republicans, especially former government officials who have opposed his campaign, as RINO—Republicans in name only—arguing that they are officials who do not follow established party principles and only use it as a means to gain political power.
Who are the 4%? A RINO or two! https://t.co/fYjnhC6rrl
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 23, 2020
The efforts of the mainstream media and Democrats to generate a bad image of the president are not limited to this method alone. Even when Trump achieves positive things for the country, and for the world, as was the case with the agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, CNN and MSNBC do not give him the coverage that the magnitude of the news deserves, and sometimes even slander him.
According to a Fox News article, when the news broke that Israel was resuming diplomatic relations with another Muslim-majority country, Bahrain, CNN and MSNBC’s top-rated programs did not even mention the news.
The House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) even commented that it was “good for him for having a distraction on a day when the numbers of people who are affected and the numbers of people who are dying from this virus only increased,” according to Breibart.
The prejudice of the mainstream media goes beyond a simple difference in political opinion and to say that ‘journalism is dead’, today, already does not seem an exaggeration.