I continue to wonder why in the world the tv media can't even make a minor effort to call the mouths of the right for inferences that are simply wrong. The current one, on CNN, was a woman interviewer who was talking to a supporter of the lying jackass about the steel and aluminum tariffs. The inference, from the right, was that America needs to do this so that it can have a steel industry. The interviewer didn't say one word. This is the standard of TV when it comes to calling these people on their flat out wrong inferences and pronouncements.
Television news is not about informing the public, it's about presenting material that "they think the public wants to hear".
You forget that, since the 1980's American TV news has been a profit model, not a public service model.
Starting in the 80's Americans became conditioned to accept a totally different model for NEWS.
Roger Ailes, now deceased Fox News CEO, advanced something called the Orchestra Pit theory.
He said that if two guys are on stage debating, and one says "I have the solution to the Middle East problem", and the other guy falls into the orchestra pit, which one do you think will be on the news that night?
That's the first part of the problem.
Another thing Ailes did was put a memo on the desk of Richard Nixon, titled "A Plan For Putting the GOP on TV News".
The key phrase:..."Today television news is watched more often than people read newspapers, than people listen to the radio, than people read or gather any other form of communication. The reason: People are lazy. With television you just sit—watch—listen. The thinking is done for you. "
"Sit-watch-listen, the thinking is done FOR you" and yet Fox News always tells its VIEWERS: We report, you decide"...
Well, which is it, because you can't have it both ways or you'd be talking out two sides of your face, right?
"Thinking is done for you" =/= "We report, you decide"
They are OPPOSITES, so Roger Ailes is basically bragging that his network loves to LIE to people, and GETS away with it.
So that is the other part of the problem!
Now that Americans have been conditioned to have "the thinking done for them" it is easy to just tell them anything they want to hear, and they will believe it, as long as the AUTHORITY tells them.
We have been conditioned to bow to authority figures.
Thus is there is too much information to digest, the standard reaction tends to be "tl;dr" and they reach to change the channel: YAWN - BORING.