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Auditing (read: Skewering) media coverage of the 2016 campaign season




Republican Presidential candidate and business mogul Donald Trump talks to media from his car wearing a,
Republican Presidential candidate and business mogul Donald Trump talks to media from his car wearing a, "Make America Great Again," hat during his trip to the border in Laredo, Texas.
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In reviewing national media coverage of this frenetic campaign for president, many voters are mad as hell.

Indeed, as foreshadowed in the 1976 film "Network," television executives are wickedly gleeful over the high ratings driven more by personality and tropes than policy and civics. Referring to the Donald Trump phenomenon, CBS President and CEO Les Moonves admitted: "It may not be good for America, but it's damn good for CBS."

As former CNN anchor Campbell Brown reports in Politico magazine, "I know from personal experience that it is common practice for TV anchors to have substantial bonuses written into their contracts if they hit ratings marks. With this 2016 presidential soap opera, they are almost surely hitting those marks. So, we get all Trump, all the time."

In the eyes of many voters, the media is repeating memes on a loop: Hillary the Queen of the Establishment, Cruz the creepy Zodiac guy, Sanders the loveable loser, Trump the megalomaniac, and John "who?" Kasich.

What are your critiques of the coverage? How has the media covered your favored candidate?

Guests:

David Folkenflik, Media Correspondent, NPR (National Public Radio); @davidfolkenflik

Hadas Gold, Media Reporter, Politico; she tweets from @Hadas_Gold