Commonwealth Policy Center

Former President Trump spoke at a recent campaign rally about the effect four more years of a Biden Presidency would have on America’s auto industry. “It’s going to be a bloodbath for the country,” Trump said. Media outlets reported Trump’s use of the word “bloodbath” without giving important context. Critics of Trump’s word choice are rightly concerned by his cavalier use of language. But as journalist Rich Lowry said, “Trump routinely provides plenty of fodder for his critics…  [It raises] the question of why they still feel compelled to lie about him.” Twisting Trump’s words minimizes mainstream media credibility, and Americans in the political middle see these accusations as hit pieces. Partisanship hurts media credibility, and their reporting could backfire, giving Trump another presidential term.