01-02-2017, 05:08 PM
I've heard this contention before and it remains stupid. Who was Ron Paul before he blew up in the debates in 2008? He was a congressman from Texas who was popular with his constituents and in libertarian circles, but pretty unknown outside of those groups. He had a passionate base of supporters, but they were still the minority in the party. In 2012 he did better, but the problem was the same. Paul supporters could complain that the media was screwing him (and they were), but that didn't effect the rest of the party, so they didn't care.
Contrast that with Donald Trump. Who was he before running? He was a tremendously successful billionaire real estate mogul, a bestselling author, appeared in numerous films and TV shows and hosted an extremely popular reality show that ran many seasons and spawned similar shows in other countries. He's been a household name for decades and was an A-list celebrity before he ever ran for President. When he started talking about immigration after announcing his candidacy, he rocketed to the top of the polls and stayed there the entire time, pretty much. Not to mention he drew huge ratings in the debates and in interviews. The idea that the media could just ignore Trump the way they did Paul is laughable. These are apples and giraffes.
What the media was trying to do with Trump was obvious. They're used to controlling the narrative and they didn't realize just how much their influence has waned with the rise of new, alternative media. How many people has the media ruined with smears of racism? Particularly people on the right. It's worked for them for decades and they thought it would work again. Do you really think they were trying to help Trump with constant claims of racism, misogyny, "Islamophobia" and supposed associations with white supremacists? They only do this kind of stuff when they want to destroy people.
The absolute most you claim is that the legacy media wanted Trump to win the primaries to benefit Clinton and their ratings, only to fall to her in the actual election, which they obviously thought would happen.