Most media ignore deadliest July in 10 years

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It was the deadliest July in ten years, but unless it has to do with the Chicago Cubs, don’t expect most of the mainstream media to report about Chicago. It doesn’t fit their template.  It reflects badly on the President of the United States, whose adopted hometown is Chicago.  It reflects badly on the mayor of Chicago, who once served as the president’s chief of staff.   And it certainly doesn’t reflect well on the status quo, which the media has a stake in.  It is why they chose to write negative stories daily, about Donald Trump.  To be sure, the Republican Party presidential nominee doesn’t help his own cause by verbally shooting himself in the foot, but that does not absolve the media for failing to report on this story, instead choosing to play up Trump on a daily basis.

So, in case you missed it.  As the calendar flipped from July to August, Chicago just experienced its deadliest July in 10 years.  Sixty-five homicides were recorded in Chicago in July, the latest victim, a woman leaving choir practice, who was fatally shot by her estranged husband.  In all, there have been nearly 400 homicides this year in the Windy City, 90 shy of last year’s 2015 total.  And there is still five months to go.

The July numbers elicited no comment from the President of the United States, as he continues to campaign for a third term through his surrogate, Hillary Clinton.  Outside of the Chicago media and the Wall St. Journal, not much mention in the mainstream media.  To report the story would reflect negatively on the current regime.  The media’s target is Trump, all Trump all the time.  Negative stories that cast the current regime in a bad light must be ignored.

These days in Chicago, other than a Cubs victory, the only thing that passes for good news is how the police superintendent framed the July homicide numbers.  Eddie Johnson noted the 65 homicides were lower than the 72 committed in June.

We mourn for Newtown.  We mourn for Orlando.  We mourn for Dallas.  As well we should.   We should also mourn for Chicago. Sadly, the media has chosen to pick and choose its tragedies to fit a template rather than report the news.

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Trump tops Clinton in final night viewership

Donald Trump

televisionThis might not sit well with the mainstream media, but Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump drew more viewers to the TV screens that Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Thursday night.  NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC drew 27.8 million viewers to Clinton’s historic acceptance speech.  That compares to the 30.2 million viewers who watched Trump’s acceptance speech the Thursday night before.

Record numbers are anticipated, when Trump and Clinton square off in their first debate on Sept. 26 at Hofstra University.

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Media coverage of DNC: Day 4

Hillary Clinton
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Here are the headlines from the mainstream media news websites on the final day of the DNC.

New York Times

  • Clinton Declares Election a ‘Moment of Reckoning’
  • Nomination Claimed and a Barrier Falls
  • Clinton Makes History
  • Writing Her own History
  • The Democrats Win the Summer
  • Clinton Asks Not for Trust, but for Faith in Her Competence
  • Women See a Female President Lifting Them All
  • Father to Trump: ‘You’ve Sacrificed Nothing’
  • Democrats Eager to Woo Those Wary of Trump
  • Emotions Divide Democrats but May Still Conquer
  • For Trump and Bloomberg, Cordial Ties Have Soured
  • With Degree Debunked, Melanie Trump Website Is Taken Down

Washington Post

  • ‘Progress is possible’
  • Hillary Clinton claims historic presidential nomination
  • Her philosophy: It takes a village, not a strong man
  • Is it ‘Morning in America’ for Democrats?
  • Soldier’s dad gives brutal repudiation of Trump
  • Fact Checker:  Clinton’s acceptance speech
  • Why some delegates shouted at a retired general
  • Celebrities who shined – and the ones who didn’t
  • A reverend’s call to action brings audience to its feet
  • Clinton takes the fight to Trump
  • Clinton’s general election balancing act
  • Clinton puts her faith in the power of words
  • What Clinton really meant to say on her historic night
  • What’s the case of Hillary Clinton
  • Why we need a President Clinton

CBS News

  • Clinton: Nation is “once again at a moment of reckoning”
  • Trump slams Clinton’s “insulting” speech
  • Clinton: After the political attacks, I get apologies
  • Eye Opener: Clinton declares “the sky’s the limit”
  • Eric Holder thinks Donald Trump may not be very smart
  • Despite denial, Trump’s connections to Russia go back years

NBC News

  • Conventional Thinking: OK Speech, but a Big Week for Dems
  • Clinton’s Historic Moment:  ‘I’m So Happy This Day Has Come!’
  • Fact-Checking Hillary Clinton’s Acceptance Speech
  • Trump: Clinton’s Speech Was From ‘a Fantasy World’
  • Clinton: Americans Don’t Say ‘I Alone Can Fix It’
  • Fallen Soldier’s Dad Says Trump Has ‘Sacrificed Nothing’
  • Could Russian Hackers Spoil Election Day?
  • Could Trump Be Denied National Security Briefings

ABC News

  • ANALYSIS:  Hillary Clinton Pitches Reinvention and Bigger Tent for Democrats
  • Trump Wanted to ‘Hit a Couple of [DNC] Speakers So Hard’
  • Chelsea Clinton Says Her Mother ‘Never Forgets Who She’s Fighting For’
  • Slain Muslim Soldier’s Dad Asks Trump:  Have You Read the Constitution?
  • Trump Campaign: Clinton DNC Speech Delivered From ‘Fantasy Universe’
  • Starting With a Paper Clip and Trading Up at the Democratic Convention
  • Clinton Adviser Shoots Down Press Conference Criticism

Through the four days of the RNC and DNC we published the headlines from the mainstream news websites.  You be the judge whether the coverage was “fair and balanced.”

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How objective is Bloomberg.com?

Michael Bloomberg
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How objective is Bloomberg.com?  That is a question which deserves to be asked in the wake of its owner, Michael Bloomberg, speaking in support of Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night.

Bloomberg also delivered a scathing critique of Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump, saying “The richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy.”  In a battle of billionaires, he is reportedly worth nine times more than Trump with a net worth of $36.5 billion.

Bloomberg did an end around New York City’s two-term mayoral limit to serve three terms as mayor of the Big Apple.  In the 1990’s, New Yorkers twice voted to impose two four-year terms on the mayoral office, but Bloomberg skirted the will of the people in 2008, getting the New York City Council to approve a bill extending the limit to three terms.  The vote, 29-22, was controversial.  He was also famous for imposing a limit on the size of soda that could be sold in New York City, but the “Bloomberg Soda Ban” was overturned by the New York State Court of Appeals.

 

That would seem to beg the question, how objective is his business-news website, when he openly endorses a major-party presidential candidate, at a national convention no less?   You might want to ask that question the next time you take a sip of that soda, while logging onto his website.

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Media coverage of DNC: Day 3

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Here are the headlines from the mainstream news websites on the coverage of day three of the DNC:

New York Times

  • Obama Hails Clinton as His Political Heir
  • President Labels Trump a Threat to American Values
  • Deep-Pocketed Clinton Donors Return to the Fore
  • Clinton’s Convention Is for TV.  Trump’s Is for Twitter
  • A Chance for Future Democratic Stars to Emerge
  • Obama: Nobody ‘More Qualified’ Than Clinton
  • Biden: Trump has ‘No Clue’
  • The Long March
  • Freedom from Fear
  • Now, Everybody Wears the Pants in the Family
  • Obama Asks a Divided Nation to Heal Itself
  • Democrats’ Divisions Linger, but Parties Have Seen Worse
  • Trump Calls for Russia’s Help to Expose Emails Clinton Deleted
  • Trump’s Appeal to Russia Shocks Experts

Washington Post

  • Obama endorses Clinton: ‘She will finish the job’
  • Trump again proves he’s the chaos candidate
  • The Fix: The many problems with Trump’s comments
  • Fact Checker: Trump’s claim that ‘I have nothing to do with Russia’
  • Trump invites Russia to meddle in U.S. presidential race with Clinton’s emails
  • Not following in the footsteps of Bill Clinton or Ronald Reagan.  Obama forgoes valedictory-type speech
  • A Trump takedown only Joe Biden could deliver
  • Russian scheme to put Trump in White House?   Some are skeptical
  • Post reporter, barred, patted down at rally for Trump’s running mate
  • Obama’s promise we can believe in
  • At the Democratic convention, women seize their moment
  • Clinton has now made Democrats the anti-Russia party
  • Donald Trump takes us all for a ride again
  • Trump gets a well-deserved beat-down from Michael Bloomberg
  • Obama’s speech made the best case for Clinton

CBS News

  • Obama aluds Clinton in speech full of hope, optimism
  • Kaine accepts VP nod, rips Trump as untrustworthy
  • Clinton campaign head: Comments prove Trump “unfit” for White House
  • Eye Opener: Obama and Dems take down Trump
  • Leon Panetta slams Trump for Russia comments
  • Congressman calls on Obama to block intel briefings from Donald Trump
  • Trump: I hope Russia finds Hillary Clinton’s emails

NBC News

  • Obama Hits Trump, Passes the Baton of Hope to Clinton
  • Bloomberg on Trump: I know a Con When I see One
  • WikiLeaks Posts Alleged Democratic Voicemails
  • Angry Biden Hits Out a Trump’s ‘Unbounded Cynicism’
  • ‘Deeply Troubling’: Intel Experts Blast Trump Russia Comments
  • Kaine Steps Into Spotlight and Into Ring Against Trump
  • Trans Activist Sarah McBride to Make History at DNC
  • SNL’s ‘Weekend Update’ Roasts Democratic Convention

ABC News

  • ANALYSIS: Hope Is Handed Off, as Obama Makes Way for Hillary Clinton
  • Trump Says He Hopes Russia Finds Clinton’s Deleted Emails
  • Tim Kaine: Donald Trump Is a ‘Threat’ to Progressives
  • Democratic National Convention 2016: Fact-Checking the Speakers
  • Hecklers Lash Out at DNC Speakers

You be the judge, whether the mainstream media is giving you “fair and balanced” coverage.

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Media coverage of DNC: Day 2

Bill Clinton
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Here are the latest headlines from the mainstream media’s websites on its coverage of the 2016 DNC:

New York Times

  • Democrats Make Clinton Historic Nominee
  • Treat to Legacy Gives Obama Motive to Stump for Clinton
  • Day 2 Takeaways: It’s ’90s Night
  • The Convention’s Star Lets Others Speak for Her
  • Democrats Aggrieved by Trump
  • U.S. Consensus Grows That Russia Hacked the D.N.C.
  • This is What Democracy Looks Like
  • Pouring on the Estrogen
  • Hillary Clinton’s Radical Promise
  • Why Should a Party Leader Be Above Politics?

Washington Post

  • Clinton captures historic nomination
  • President Obama set to tout her qualifications
  • Back in the spotlight, but before a different party
  • After DNC leaks, Obama hints at possible motive for Russia to help Trump
  • Sanders plans for a possible power move in Senate
  • Fact Checker: Bill Clinton’s proposal to Hillary
  • Why the DNC turned to Donna Brazile in time of need
  • Bill Clinton gives the most important speech of his life
  • Bill and Hillary Clinton’s incomprehensible marriage
  • A Trump-style speculation on the GOP and Putin
  • What was missing in Bill’s speech about Hillary

CBS News

  • Bill Clinton makes the case for Hillary
  • Obama counting on Clinton to build on his legacy
  • Eye Opener: Hillary Clinton makes history
  • Donald Trump: “I have nothing to do with Russia”

NBC News

  • Obama Admits Donald Trump Could Be Next President
  • Clinton Love Story: Bill Tells America How He Fell for Hillary
  • Democrats Make History, Pick the ‘Real’ Hillary Clinton
  • Donald Trump to Visit His Rowdy Reddit Fan club
  • Sanders Delegates Stage Walkout Under Everyone’s Nose
  • Bernie Sanders Gets Emotional as Brother Casts Vote
  • Here Are All Donald Trump’s Flip-Flops on Big Issues

ABC News

  • Hillary Clinton Makes Surprise Satellite Appearance at DNC
  • In Leaked Recordings, DNC Shown Controlling Donor Access
  • Joe Biden: ‘Moral Sanders Supporters ‘Can’t Vote for Trump’
  • Democratic National Convention 2016: Fact-Checking the Speakers

Throughout the RNC and DNC, we are listing the headlines of coverage from websites of the mainstream media.  You be the judge if the coverage is “fair and balanced.”

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Media coverage of DNC: Day 1

Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama
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As I did last week for the Republican National Convention, here are the headlines from the mainstream media websites of the Democrat National Convention.  Below are the headlines from Day 1.

New York Times

  • Democrats Try to Unite During Unruly Opening to Convention
  • Sanders Supporters Throw Convention Into Disarray
  • Day 1 Takeaways: First Lady Steals the Show
  • Sanders Faces Task of Putting Down the Revolt He Started
  • Michelle Obama Uplifts Her Predecessor (and Ex-Rival)
  • Hillary Clinton’s New Democrats
  • How Offstage Intrigue Became Onstage Catharsis
  • Michelle’s Night
  • ‘What Democrats Fight For’
  • Sarah Silverman Tames the Bernie Beast
  • To Democrats, Hack Hints Trump Has New Backer: Putin

Washington Post

  • Democrats’ opening day of discord ends on a high note
  • Obama delviers a passionate defense of Hillary Clinton
  • The Fix: Obama’s skillful takedown of Trump
  • What’s on the first lady’s mind? Meet the speechwriter who puts it into words
  • A day of humiliation for party chair underscores Democratic divide
  • Neither Warren nor Sanders pulled a Ted Cruz
  • On first night, Democrats put out more wattage than Republicans
  • After a hack and its destructive fallout, Democrats fear what is next
  • Clinton leaves Democrats’ liberal wing high and dry
  • If Hillary Clinton were a man
  • Democrats were told their party was divided.  They just proved that wrong
  • Calming the troubled waters at the Democratic convention
  • Forget Bernie Sanders.  Michelle Obama stole the show.
  • Putin’s suspected meddling would be a disturbing first

CBS News

  • Sanders: I’ll do “everything” I can for Clinton
  • Bill Clinton faces “high wire act” as he makes case for his wife
  • The Democratic Ticket: Clinton and Kaine
  • Eye Opener: Democrats seek to unite in Philly
  • Kerry discusses DNC email hack with Russia’s top diplomat
  • Michelle Obama invokes America’s children in attack on Trump

NBC News

  • Democrats Pull Back From Brink on First Night of Convention
  • Russia Offers ‘Four-Letter’ Response to DNC Hack Claim
  • Why Experts Are Sure Russia Hacked the DNC Emails
  • Michelle Obama Fires Up DNC With rousing Speech
  • Poll: No Post-Convention Bounce for Donald Trump
  • Trump Revels in DNC Disunity: ‘What a Mess They Have’
  • Sarah Silverman to Sanders Die-hards: ‘You’re Being Ridiculous’

ABC News

  • Analysis: Democrats’ ‘Revolution’ Flirts With Insurrection
  • Michelle Obama’s Speech at the Democratic National Convention
  • ‘Incredible Speech by an Incredible Woman’: Obama’s Tweet Goes Viral
  • Sanders Backs Clinton Despite ‘Disappointment’ From Supporters
  • Elizabeth Warren Takes on the Ethics of Trump’s Business Record
  • DNC Hack Prompts Questions About Trump’s Ties to Russia

We will provide headlines from the rest of the week’s convention activities and you can compare the mainstream media’s coverage of last week’s RNC with this week’s DNC and decide if their coverage is “fair and balanced.”

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Media coverage of RNC: Day 4

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How is the mainstream media covering the RNC.  Below are the headlines from five mainstream media websites.

New York Times

  • Trump Pledges Order And Says: ‘I Am Your Voice’
  • Dark Warnings for America as He Takes G.O.P. Mantle
  • Donald Trump’s Campaign of Fear
  • Trump With Less Trumpeting
  • A Vision for the U.S. Summed Up in Two Words: ‘I Alone’
  • Speech’s Sunny Spots Came Mostly From Stage Limits
  • Checking the Facts
  • Jon Stewart, Back on ‘Late Show,’ Lets Loose
  • Invanka the Fabulous Fabulist
  • The Dark Night
  • Cruz May Be the Only Republican Who Understands Trump
  • Invanka Trump is Character Witness for Her Father

Washington Post

  • Trump portrays a nation in peril
  • Nominee declares that he along has the leadership to secure the homeland
  • Trump reaches out to fed-up voters and sends a warning to doubters
  • The entertaining and jarring chaos of a Trump convention
  • A dark speech, and the times he strayed from his draft
  • We feared a riot in Cleveland.  We got a block party instead
  • Donald Trump, the candidate of the apocalypse
  • Trump’s acceptance speech: Seeking victory by scaring the country to death
  • Donald Trump’s creepy fascist infomercial
  • Trump’s America is a dark and desperate place
  • In his acceptance speech, Trump displays his demagoguery

CBS News

  • Trump offers dark vision of American in speech
  • GOP nominee declares nation’s problems too staggering to be fixed within the confines of traditional politics
  • Checking Trump: Does Clinton want to abolish Second Amendment rights?
  • Trump’s college plan needs to go back to school
  • Invanka Trump talks about her father’s human side
  • Peter Thiel: “I am proud to be gay”
  • Google’s top trending search term from convention’s last night
  • How Invanka Trump and her husband are impacting race
  • Schieffer: Trump campaign made “calculated decision” to allow Cruz speech

NBC News

  • Trump Paints Dark Picture of America Plagued by Lawlessness
  • Trump Speech Channels Nixon, Not Reagan
  • Pavarotti Widow Tells Trump to Stop Using Famous Aria
  • LGBTQ Community Gets Unprecedented Recognition at RNC
  • RIP GOP: Establishment Politicos Host ‘Wake’ for Republican Party

ABC News

  • Analysis: Trump Takes Role as Angry Savior for Nation’s ‘Disaster’
  • Fact-Checking Donald Trump’s Speech and Other RNC Speakers
  • Trump Tells RNC ‘Safety Will Be Restored’ When He’s Sworn In
  • Clinton Slams Trump’s RNC Speech: ‘We Can’t Let Him Become President
  • Ivanka Trump Introduces Her Father at RNC as ‘the People’s Champion’
  • 5 Ways the Clinton Camp Responded to the RNC
  • Trading Up: What a Paper Clip Will Get You at the RNC
  • George Harrison’s Estate Blasts Use of ‘Here Comes the Sun’ at RNC

Next week we will cover the headlines from the DNC in Philadelphia.  You be the judge if the mainstream media is “fair and balanced.”

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Media coverage of RNC: Day 3

Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz
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Here are the latest headlines on the mainstream news websites, covering the Republican Party Convention.

New York Times

  • Cruz Snubs Trump, Dashing Hope of Unity
  • Takeaways: Cheers for Pence, Jeers for Cruz
  • Trump May Break the Mold, but He Fits a Pattern
  • Trump Questions Automatic Defense of NATO States
  • G.O.P.’s Moneyed Class Finds Place in Trump’s New World
  • Behind a Facade of Unity, G.O.P.’s Frayed Edges Exposed
  • The G.O.P.’s Surreal Diversity Show
  • Ted Cruz’s Nasty Game
  • When Men Want to Marry Melanias and Raise Ivankas

Washington Post

  • Attempt for unity falls short as Cruz upstages Pence
  • A mighty challenge awaits Trump on convention’s final day
  • Cruz knew his comments could cause a scene – and they did
  • Handling of plagiarism episode offers glimpse into Trump’s circle
  • Ted Cruz holds his nose but can’t endorse Donald Trump
  • Ted Cruz distinguished himself Wednesday night.  Mike Pence failed
  • The GOP’s convention of chaos
  • Will Texas become another brick in the Democrats’ blue wall?
  • Republicans debate: Kill Hillary, or merely jail her
  • Christie’s noxious lie about Clinton and #BringBackOurGirls

CBS News

  • Ted Cruz booed off the GOP convention stage
  • Eric Trump trashes “classless” Cruz speech
  • Eye Opener: Ted Cruz snubs GOP unity
  • Commentary: Cruz is never going to be president now
  • Donald Trump weighs in on plagiarism in Melania’s speech
  • Mike Pence introduces himself to GOP, nation in convention speech

NBC News

  • Ted Cruz Reopens Party Wounds on Raucous Convention Night
  • Trump Adviser Probed for Clinton Execution Comments
  • Is Trump Trying to Silence ‘Art of the Deal’ Ghostwriter?
  • Trump’s NATO Rethink ‘Would Endanger the Whole Alliance’
  • Invanka Trump: ‘I Am Proud of the Job’ Melania Did in RNC Speech
  • Meet Meredith McIver, Trump Speechwriter Who Took Blame

ABC News

  • Cruz Booed off RNC Stage After Failing to Endorse Trump
  • ANALYSIS: Trump Convention Struggles to Control Forces Unleashed by Trump
  • Pence Introduces Himself as a ‘Christian, a Conservative and a Republican’
  • Trump Blasts Cruz for ‘Not Honoring the Pledge’ at Convention
  • Trump to Address Trade, Borders and Law and Order at RNC Tonight

You be the judge if the mainstream media’s coverage of this campaign and next week’s Democratic Party Convention is “fair and balanced.”

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Media coverage of RNC: Day 2

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Donald Trump Jr.
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Day two of the Republican National Convention is in the books, as we continue to focus on the mainstream media’s coverage.  Once again, here are the headlines from five mainstream media news sources:

New York Times

  • Trump Claims Nomination With G.O.P. Discord Clear
  • Day 2: Muddled Messages
  • How Melania Trump Sent Her Speech Veering Off Course
  • Takeaways: Party Unites, at Least for a Night
  • How Trump Picked His Running Mate
  • Convention Speeches Unsettle Black Republicans
  • All About Hillary
  • Paul Ryan’s Dance With The Donald
  • An Affront to Latinos

Washington Post

  • As Trump captures GOP nomination, discord and divisions remain
  • McConnell and Ryan reach a reluctant partnership
  • A Hispanic delegate doesn’t see the party she’s rooting for
  • ‘I am not a racist’: The challenges Trump faces to win over black voters
  • The Trump convention is a triumph of narcissism
  • Another day of the GOP convention, another night of terror
  • Paul Ryan and the politics of ambivalence
  • At the GOP convention, democratic values go missing
  • The lovely true thing about America, even in the age of Trump
  • Voters are still waiting on your tax returns, Mr. Trump

CBS News

  • Chris Christie puts Clinton on trial at GOP convention
  • Trump Jr. on family’s role in campaign, decision to tap Pence
  • Trump kids get personal about him at GOP convention
  • Unaired “60 Minutes” clips with Trump and Pence
  • Eye Opener: Trump makes it official
  • Photos: Best moments at the RNC

NBC News

  • GOP Pummels Clinton as Party Zeroes In on Common Enemy
  • Never Trump Meets Its End In Cleveland
  • New Details Emerge About Writing of Melania Trump’s Speech
  • Forget 2016.  The 2020 Election Just Kicked Off
  • Trump Son’s Speechwriter Defends Recycling Lines
  • Poll: Trump’s VP Pick Mike Pence Unknown to Most Voters
  • Video: RNC Election Confessions: Why I Will (or Won’t) Vote Trump

ABC News

  • ANALYSIS: Trump Convention in Search of Unity – and Energy
  • Republican National Convention Day Two in a Minute
  • 5 Things to Watch on the Third Day of the RNC
  • Views on Experience a Potential Challenge for Trump
  • Donald Trump Jr. Says Benghazi Would ‘Be Repeated’ With Clinton Presidency

You me the judge as to whether the mainstream media is giving news consumers “fair and balanced” coverage.

 

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