Thursday, November 17, 2016

Where Are the Trump Supporters?

By: Megan Vanselow

Before the election, ABC News election coverage was dominated by negative stories about Donald Trump. They had stories about Hillary Clinton as well, but it often took serious digging to find one that was negative.

Now that the election is over and Donald Trump is the President-elect, the ABC News election section is dominated by stories about Clinton and the Democratic party with reactions from Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama.

Buried beneath these stories more negative headlines regarding the Trump Campaign and family. One headline that read "Big Questions from Donald Trump's 1st Week as President-Elect"was a story that started by praising Trump for being relatively laid back since announced the winner of the 2016 election. All paragraphs following the lead however, deeply fact check and compare the things he has said since elected compared to what he has said in the past.

Another article highlights the reactions of other World Leaders. It starts with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying he expects to be an ally with Trump, however, they follow it up with a quote from him during the election questioning Trumps credibility. Another was Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte who said Trump's victory was well deserved. ABC News followed it up with several cases in which Duterte was not good to Obama or the United States, in an effort to discredit his praise of Trump.
The other article about Trump is about his Son-In-Law hasn't applied for a role in Trump's administration yet or for security clearance. In the middle of the article, it include links back to its other negative articles about him.

Finally at the bottom of its page, ABC News highlights again Trump's stances on different issues. I like that chose to get back to the things that are often lost during election media coverage. However, I think the reason's it posted his stances was to remind its readers of some of his crazy stances.

Whether or not ABC News or the rest of the country is happy about the result, Trump was the winner of the current system in the United States. It seems disrespectful to me for the media to continue to be biased against the President-elect. There are several side stories ABC had on its webpage about reactions from citizens that feel scared or angry, however there have to be citizens out there who are happy and relieved, because he had enough votes to win.

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