Sunday 4 December 2016

Can America face voting Trump out of the show?

Published 30/10/2016 | 02:30

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.

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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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