There's only one word that comes to mind when looking at the current media landscape as it pertains to lucid coverage of Donald TrumpDonald TrumpUS probes Manafort’s banking: report America must improve defense against Russia's information warfare London mayor won't respond to Donald Trump Jr.'s tweet: 'I’ve been doing more important things' MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonObama and Trump haven’t talked since inauguration Perez, Ellison start multistate ‘turnaround tour’ for Dems Watergate reporter on Russia: 'I’ve been saying for a while there’s a coverup going on' MORE:
Sorry, two words:
Make it five:
Utterly lazy and hopelessly partisan.
Exhibit A today in what has become a series of almost-daily examples of media coverage of Trump and Clinton — which polls show are the most flawed and untrustworthy candidates to run for president in the history of the country — comes in the form of Trump's inelegant and obviously inaccurate comments around President Obama being "the founder of ISIS."
Is that true? Absolutely not. And the media should take him to the mat for saying it and even repeating it when given the chance to clarify.
No worries. Almost all have across the board. Especially CNN, who prides itself on instantaneous fact-checking via on-screen chyrons as illustrated below.
NEW: Donald Trump says only way Hillary Clinton can win Pennsylvania "is if cheating goes on;" does not specify if he is being sarcastic.— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) August 12, 2016
Except she has.
Earlier in the campaign season, Clinton said, "Trump is becoming ISIS's best recruiter. They are going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists."
Is that true? Absolutely not.
Answer: It didn't materialize at the time the statements were found to be untrue. There were no snarky tweets from NBC News. There were no feisty chyrons from CNN. There weren't endless cable news segments hammering her for making such a reckless, over-the-top statement.
This isn't about conservative or liberal, Democrat or Republican.
It's a call for objectivity, for fairness. It's called doing your job.
If Trump is guilty of a gaffe, call him out on it. If Clinton does the same, do the same.
And if both are guilty of the same crime, provide both examples. We saw it earlier this week with Trump's Second Amendment comments as they pertained to doing something about Clinton from selecting Supreme Court justices.
So from a full-context, complete narrative perspective, a simple question needed to be asked after Trump made his comment:
In most places on television and online, nope.
And it won't happen moving forward.
Consequence: Six percent, six, of those surveyed have high confidence in the media. An Associated Press study says it all: