Few will be surprised to learn that CNN published a news piece unfavorable to a Republican on their website, and they will be even less surprised to learn that it was an article that aimed to diminish Donald Trump. But even for the liberal media, MJ Lee’s piece entitled “NYC to Donald Trump: He’s Not One of Us” is far beyond the pale. Note, the article is not in the opinion section; it demands to be held to the usual rules of journalistic integrity.
“Trump is dominating the polls with a double-digit lead over his rivals, Ted Cruz and John Kasich. The billionaire could pick up close to all of the 95 delegates at stake in the state, where he is especially popular among voters in upstate and rural regions,” writes Lee. “That makes Trump’s unpopularity in this diverse metropolis — where he has been a fixture in the business, political and social scenes for decades — all the more striking. His candidacy is widely viewed as distasteful and offensive by many residents.”
You might expect that Lee would be called upon to prove his hypothesis – that New Yorkers are disgusted by their hometown hero – throughout the course of the article. He doesn’t. Instead, he offers “proof” in the form of quotes taken almost exclusively from…Democrats.
There’s Delvin James, registered Democrat and Hillary supporter, who calls Trump an “embarrassment” to New York.
There’s Lianna Remigao, a 19-year-old Bernie fan, who says of Trump: “You can’t represent New York City and claim you’re a New Yorker if you’re so against the diversity and the melting pot that is this country — New York City, especially.”
There’s Remigao’s boyfriend (?!), Julian Irizarry, who says that Trump’s ban on Muslim immigration is racist.
There’s Keith Wright, a Democratic Assemblyman from Manhattan, who thinks Trump has a “more segregated type of message than a message of integration.”
The closet CNN gets to actually proving that New Yorkers don’t like Trump is in a throwaway sentence that wouldn’t make it past the editors of Wikipedia:
Polls show that the majority of city residents are opposed to Trump’s campaign, and voters describe his platform as an affront to their values.
Ah. Polls show. Apparently no one at CNN thought it was worth the time and effort it would take to actually produce one of these polls in the article. Why bother, when there are so many Democrats willing to act as proxies for the writer’s political opinion?
As conservatives, media bias is part of the game. It will be a cold day in hell before the networks cast Republicans in a positive light.
But damn, they used to at least have the decency to hide it a little.