Why Donald Trump Is A Gift To Democracy



it's probably no surprise that Donald Trump has been the subject of over 2100 CNN reports since he announced his candidacy for president on June 16 okay maybe 2100 is a little bit surprising but the basic calculus is something I think everyone cynically understands Trump gets ratings the news carries Trump a little less obvious is that Trump's high poll numbers are actually a result of his outsize coverage in the media political science professor John sides has produced a number of Handy graphs that show the correlation between Trump's share of coverage versus his poll numbers and is pretty conclusive what's more if you graph all the GOP candidates polling numbers verse their share of coverage you get a correlation of 0.96 it's close to a straight line as I've ever seen of course you could say causation moves the other way here that whole numbers drive coverage and in some way they do only news coverage usually comes first people hear a lot about a candidate research that candidate identify in the same way that you do when you hear a pop song on the radio over and over and over again and that exposure ultimately means they're more likely to give that name to pollsters the news then reports more on the top candidates which means even more coverage which means even higher polling and it becomes a cycle that perpetuates itself until the top dog makes a mistake it's three agencies of government when I get there that are gone commerce education and the what's the third one there let's say or a new fresh-faced steal some attention away I think women all over this country heard very clearly what mr. Trump said the problem is that Trump's mistakes are often so imply at all and news making that they work to his advantage and new fresh faces are the ones that Trump the tax the hardest if you listen to her for more than five minutes straight you get a headache 2100 news stories later and here we are we know why the news works like this less ratings mean less ad revenue means less profit means lower stock prices means fewer investors means layoffs fire in America indeed in the global economy everything always has to run the news especially Cable News has a vague interest in keeping its dependence on capitalist incentives under wraps even though everyone knows that ratings to a large part determine the news news organizations have to tout their journalistic integrity even if it's only a formality and this might just be the gift that Donald Trump is giving to all of us more than anything I can remember the Trump phenomenon strips away the false righteousness of the news media when Trump does something outrageous CNN doesn't cover it by choice but because they are forced to do so the Trump phenomenon strips away the false righteousness of politicians too Trump has co-opted political language and employed it to such a ridiculous and shameless degree that it's emptiness is laid totally bare and lastly Trump strips away the false righteousness of us the American public the second GOP debate was the highest-rated program in the history of CNN CNN is forced to cover Trump because we force them why when we put on you know something with Jeb Bush talking about the economy or Scott Walker talking about labor unions why doesn't anybody watch that it's in our nature to gravitate toward confirmation bias and sensationalism it takes a force of will to consume media that may be bored but crucial for making intelligent political choices and in large part it's a mental muscle that most of us myself often included don't want to exercise Donald Trump exists at the Nexus of all these things and his invocation of all three is a an important lesson the news media politicians and the general public are all responsible for the existence of Donald Trump and no one of these things is going to change drastically overnight but if all of them move just a little bit in the right direction toward integrity honesty and engagement respectively the difference could be substantial we know that the news media is biased and politicians talk and the news and the politicians know we know it still they go through the formalities it is exactly formalities like this that can keep a system alive longer than it needs to be so maybe we meet someone like Donald Trump to pull down that last layer of credibility how are you gonna create jobs in this country I'm just gonna do it $50 on the patreon which is $50 away from the big goal of $1,000 and that starts to make this financially feasible for me so if you like the nerd writer this is something you don't think you're seeing somewhere else on YouTube or the internet pledge a little bit money through the project and we can do a lot of more stuff there's no more stickers or mugs left but I want to order some more swag maybe some more mugs but I'd like to hear what you would like of nerdwriter swag and that universal let me know in the comments and we'll get some and put them up thank you so much for watching and I will see you guys next Wednesday

24 thoughts on “Why Donald Trump Is A Gift To Democracy

  • THERE IS A GIANT ASTEROID COMING,it will kill most of america,DONALD TRUMP knows it..so do most leaders of the world,THE LORD SENT TRUMP TO BUILD THE THIRD TEMPLE,so OBAMA would have to place to sit and declare himself to be GOD,then the destruction will begin,and america does not care hahaha…you morons will be wishing you had..

  • If I had thought this video title were 100% un-ironic, I would just never have fucking clicked on it.
    Inadvertently, sure, maybe he’s doing the US a favor (that’s a big damn “maybe” too). Still feels more like you’re playing devil’s advocate with this guy, but I can’t tell wether there was some genuine optimism behind it or wether it’s just to entertain some outlandish notion that he’s a blessing in disguise somehow.

  • The U.S. has NEVER had anything to do with democracy. Read Adam Smith and look at Madison's quote: "The minority of the opulent must be protected from the majority." The founders didn't want democracy because they were afraid the population would divide up land evenly. Thomas Paine and Referick Douglas believed in guaranteed income. No. Democracy!

  • Maybe just accept the fact that people dont want to live under communism and Trump is keeping America Free.

  • The title seems a bit misleading. I wouldn't say he's a "gift", even at the time this video came out. Especially not to democracy.

  • Is it really that surprising ! No wonder Trump is so popular everybody and their mother is giving him more head to trump then has own wife. Trump can literally take a shit and everybody on social media Will make a big deal out of it. He’s the only thing that’s enjoyable to watch on TV every goddamn Celebra that’s a liberal it’s a turd sandwich.

  • If all of them for once would keep their mouth shut about Trump… why put a narcistic liar in the spotlight? He doesn’t deserve it.

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