Sunday 26 February 2017

Can America face voting Trump out of the show?

Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

Cartoon by Jim Cogan
Cartoon by Jim Cogan

Jeremy Paxman started his recent BBC special on Trump and Clinton with a scene in which he spoke of the greatness of Abraham Lincoln by comparison with the dreadfulness of the present candidates.

Which, apart from being a terribly predictable line of attack, is typical of a certain type of commentary which we are seeing from the grand old men and women of the media.

You see it in the New York Times "fact-checking" the third presidential debate, with reporters analysing every utterance of the candidates on grounds of basic accuracy or general truthfulness - an assignment which will obviously result in the "discovery" that almost everything Trump says is either a deliberate and possibly dangerous lie, or the blathering of an imbecile.

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