Originally Posted by Northern Farmer
I don't have access to the US debate coverage so can't comment on the antics of the actual debate but I found a comment of Okpanhandle quite profound. The very fact that the media who should be 100% impartial is backing/supporting or putting one runner in a better light then another is so wrong on many levels from my point of view. So when one really thinks about it, you watch the debate and then its the "Media" who puts a spin on all that was said and twists it around to suit their cause and then tells the voting public, "this is who you vote for folks" in a round about way.
Does anyone know who controls the media in the States or has them by the balls is maybe more like it.
This commentary can only come from someone who is completely unfamiliar with American news organizations. There has never been anything impartial about how the news is reported in this country, going back to the earliest days of the republic. Long before broadcast news existed, newspapers chose up sides and supported those politicians who agreed with the paper's editorial point of view, and printed unflattering (and in many cases, absolutely false) stories about the candidates with whom the publisher disagreed.
The media in the US is very fragmented. It isn't controlled by anyone. Americans can choose to get their news from any number of radio or TV networks, a dwindling number (but still influential) of daily newspapers, and an almost endless assortment of websites, some of which make up National Enquirer
quality stories which are outrageously funny and outrageously false (and, sadly, are believed as absolute gospel by by what are sometimes referred to as "low information voters").
Rupert Murdoch, the media mogul who owns Fox News, is no dummy. He knows that Fox is doing Trump a huge favor by giving him what amounts to free advertising. By holding Trump's feet to the fire in the debate, Fox News is making The Donald pay for his advertising. And, by being confrontational towards Trump during a show (and the debate was a TV show, not a public service) the network can count on a lot of attention from other news outlets which will draw more viewers to Fox just to see what's gonna happen next.
As always, follow the money.