Ross: Media May Have Fallen for Trump’s Trap By Elevating “The Squad”

According to a new article by Chuck Ross, the mainstream media may have fallen into President Trump’s trap, heavily covering his dispute vs. the unpopular “squad” over 2020 candidates.

Very few in the media discuss President Trump’s tremendous power in driving media narratives, but nearly all are subject to it.

Karl Rove appeared on FoxNews and agrees “The Squad” has tainted the Democratic Party, helping Trump.

From National Interest

By Chuck Ross

Journalists are still giving President Donald Trump a massive amount of media even after critics complained that reporters’ wall-to-wall coverage of the former real estate tycoon helped him win the presidency.

Trump’s decision to post several tweets telling Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of News York and others “to go back” to their own countries has all-but blanketed news media. His tweets also managed to elevate those lawmakers while simultaneously depriving Democratic presidential opponents of crucial coverage.

News articles about Trump generated more than 23.2 million interactions, according to NewsWhip, a social-media metrics company. The massive amount of media is a reminder that the president has the ability to drive media narratives, an argument that reporters often lamented after Trump’s victory in 2016.

Articles about the Democratic candidates earlier in July generated only a combined 6.5 million social media interactions in a week, the fewest since January, NewsWhip’s data show. The Washington Post and other outlets have published stories depicting Trump’s comments as racist and bigoted attacks against Ocasio-Cortez and three of her fellow progressive lawmakers.

Neither Omar nor Ocasio-Cortez are popular in swing states. Only 22% of people hold a favorable view of the New York Democrat, according to an internal Democratic poll published on July 14 by Axios. Omar, meanwhile, received a similar level of fanfare among those polled. Fewer than 9% of people hold a favorable view of her.

The wave of coverage is having a profound effect on the political atmosphere.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is also running for president, for instance, saw his interactions tumbled despite rolling out his health care plan on July 15, which seeks to build on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) rather than attempt to dismantle it. Biden was not the only presidential candidate who couldn’t get out from behind Trump’s shadow.

California Sen. Kamala Harris was unable to make many waves after proposing to require rent and utility payments to be incorporated into credit scores to help address the black homeownership gap — her proposal received a scant 208,000 interactions. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, likewise, barely attracted 1 million interactions, NewsWhip data show.

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