Amidst all the hysteria over Donald Trump’s sideshow, Jennifer Rubin once again offers a dose of common sense. She doesn’t “agree that this is all bad news for the Republican field of candidates and for the party as a whole“:
For one thing, those potential candidates not yet in the race can take their time, secure in the knowledge that nothing aside from the Trump travesty is going on for now. . . .
And we shouldn’t get carried away here. It is far from clear Trump will actually run for office, and unimaginable that a majority or even plurality of Republican primary voters will throw their votes and their chance to retake the White House down the drain by backing Trump. Eventually, a serious candidate or two will rise to the top of the heap and Trump will be a regrettable but ultimately irrelevant footnote in our political history.
In another post, she links “data from the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism” to show that the left-leaning network MSNBC showed a greater interest in this story than did FoxNews or CNN:
MSNBC devoted ten percent of its airtime last week to President Obama, and fully 92 percent of that was “airtime coded ‘citizenship and religion rumors’ and ‘birther’ coverage.” By comparison, CNN and Fox devoted just five percent of their airtime to the president. Of that, PEJ says CNN’s coverage of the president was 100 percent devoted to “citizenship and religion rumors,” while Fox’s coverage was only eight percent.
Wonder why MSNBC was so obsessed with this issue.
*NB: changed title to make my meaning clearer.