The problem that I've always had with politicians of every persuasion - at least since I broke out of my conservative amniotic sac - is of course that there are very few such people who speak with a great deal of honesty and integrity. I can think of a handful - not all of whom I agree with, by the way - whom I consider to be genuine folks who believe what they say, and use reasoned argument to support their views and positions. I respect that kind of behaviour, no matter what party these people belong to. It speaks to me of respect for the electorate, above all.
The Orange Potato currently representing the American Republican Party, however, is the antithesis of such a character. The ways in which he has exposed his flaws are too numerous to catalogue here, and I'm sure you are fully aware of how much of a chump is the man called Trump. His dishonesty, above all, has earmarked him as an utterly unfit person to hold any kind of public office. And yet, he has gone largely unchallenged by the mainstream media. I have yet to see an interview with the man which directly confronts him with his lies.
This is appalling. My main concern in relation to this is what I believe we can see happening as the seemingly endless American political process grinds along: the normalization of dishonesty. In my opinion, blatant dishonesty of this kind is the easiest of all to confront; the evidence is easily gathered and demonstrated. In fact, it would be laughably easy to call this odious, pampered buffoon to task over his lies and obfuscation - leaving aside for the moment his unpleasant views on race and gender. So, why hasn't it happened? You may already have your own theory on this, but I can't help thinking that the media giants have a vested interest in not popping this creature's balloon. While he remains even a marginally realistic candidate, he is free to say ridiculous things, to lie, to cheat , to defraud his donors - but most of all, he is free to create news stories. News stories sell advertising spots, and that is at the root of the American media's collective failure to represent the population by asking the obvious questions of a man who may be the most dishonest candidate ever to step up to a teleprompter (thereby, according to his own pronouncement last year, disqualifying him from being a presidential candidate).
The press is failing the people of America. For money. Will there ever be a reckoning for the 'missing' journalists? While they hide from the true nature of this odious campaign, the public becomes more and more used to hearing untruths peddled as fact, to hate portrayed as reason, and to self-aggrandizement presented as philanthropy. The downward spiral, in this case, is steep and perilous indeed.