Wednesday, August 3, 2016


My intention today was to write about the present status of Health Care under ACA; fondly known as Obama Care.

As I started to collect material I became overwhelmed the volume and now realize that it will take a great deal of time to cover all the issues.

Thankfully Donald Trump is willing to provide media material at a moment’s notice.

Thus despite my wishing to negate politics for a time the latest Trumpism is too good to ignore.

Trump has complained that the media is against him. That could be true when both the Democrat supporting New York Times and the Republican Wall Street Journal both have editorials this week urging the Republican Party to disavow Trump.

Once again Trump has acted inflammatory by attacking not only the Democrat Convention speaker a Muslim father of an American soldier KIA in Iraq/Syria during his third tour of duty but also the wife and mother.

Trump’s reaction to charges that he made no sacrifices for the Country pounded on his success as a business, how much money he made and how many jobs he created as personal sacrifices.

Trump blasted the wife for standing silent besides her husband, insinuating that she probably had been prohibited from talking.

In a letter to the Washington Post she explained that it was too emotional for her and she would burst out crying.

It has come to light that Trump’s military service was limited to 4 years f of deferment from the draft-Vietnam War- or educational reasons and then a medical deferment for “bone spurs of the heals” despite the fact that he had compete in athletics in college,

The other day an admirer gave Trump his “Purple Heart” which Trump accepted saying he always wanted one. Note, I received mine in combat.

Other new Trumpisms; Monday at a speech when a baby was crying Trump remarked that he loved babies and the mother should not be upset. Two minutes later he was demanding that the baby be removed from the audience. He then remarked that he as joking.

Regarding media impact on the election according to Rasmussen:”primarily cable, still reigns supreme for political news among voters, and while they remain skeptical, voters are slightly more trusting of the news they are getting this election cycle compared to past years.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters say they will get most of their political news in 2016 from television. That includes 35% who will rely mostly on cable news networks and 19% who prefer traditional TV news networks. Twenty-eight percent (28%) say they’ll look mostly to the internet for their political news, Eight percent (8%) say they’ll rely on print newspapers, while five percent (5%) prefer radio for their political news. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Just 39% of voters say they trust the political news they are getting, ----. Slightly more (41%) still don’t share that trust, while 20% are undecided.

However, 77% believe that with the Internet, cable networks, satellite radio, newspapers, radio and TV, it is possible for just about any political view and just about any news content to be found in today’s media.

As in previous presidential election cycles, voters expect most reporters covering political campaigns to help their favorite candidates and think it's far more likely they will help the Democrat than the Republican. Last year, only 23% expected unbiased coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Voters who prefer cable television networks and print newspapers for their political news are more trusting of that news compared to those who rely on traditional TV network news, the internet and radio.

Republicans tend to rely on cable television networks for their political news much more heavily than Democrats and voters not affiliated with either major party do. Unaffiliateds lean the heaviest toward the internet. Democrats are more divided among the various mediums.

While 43% of Democrats and 41% of Republicans trust the political news they’re getting, only 31% of unaffiliated voters agree.

Forty-four percent (44%) of voters under 40 prefer the internet for their political news, while 43% opt for television news of some kind. Most older voters choose TV, with a larger portion preferring cable news networks.

Forty-nine percent (49%) of all voters think most reporters are biased against Republican presidential “nominee Donald Trump, while only 18% believe most reporters are biased against likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Voters feel that when it comes to covering prospective presidential candidates, the media is more interested in creating controversies about them than it is in reporting where they stand on the issues.

Two-out-of-three voters (66%) think the news media have too much power and influence over elections. “

More to follow today

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