Sometimes bias gets out of hand


We know there is unprecedented bias today in the news media, more than there has ever been. Objective reporting is a thing of the past. In the hotly contested campaign for president this year, it is becoming more and more evident.

When Hillary Clinton had her recent health issues, most broadcast news outlets did not show her stumbling and her body stiffen as she attempted to climb into the side doors of a van. Her campaign people said she got dehydrated at the 9/11 ceremony in New York City. Later, she was forced to admit that she was recovering from pneumonia and that she thought she could “power through it” like it was no big deal.

The fact that some media outlets pursued this health concern story regarding a presidential candidate didn’t sit well with some journalists. After all, this was after Clinton experienced coughing fits on the campaign trail for days and came close to collapsing at a 9/11 event.

CNN host Christiane Amanpour suggested that the heavy coverage of Clinton’s health is simply sexist. “Can’t a girl have a sick day or two?” Amanpour asked. “What about Donald Trump’s tax returns, where are they?” she asked.

Then Amanpour made a plea to her colleagues to lay off this story. “When it comes to overqualified women having to try a hundred times harder than underqualified men to get a break or even a level playing field, well, we know that story,” she said. Really? An overqualified woman vs. an underqualified man? That’s one person’s opinion.

The CNN host pointed out how journalists in the past had covered up or failed to report on President Franklin Roosevelt’s polio that prevented him from walking or President John F. Kennedy’s numerous health issues. She  said these health issues did not stop them from being good presidents.

She certainly has a point there, but Clinton’s health problems go back to a fall when she hit her head and suffered a concussion. She has had memory losses as a result of this, most recently when offering testimony to the FBI. She also has had deep vein blood clots for which she is taking daily doses of a blood thinner for the rest of her life. More recent coughing spells and a near collapse at the 9/11 ceremony and pneumonia  added to her health problems.

Amanpour fails to note the scrutiny the health of several male Republican candidates received. Vietnam War veteran John McCain’s health was questioned in 2008 when he ran for president, as was World War II veteran Bob Dole in 1996. In his re-election bid for president in 1984, the health of Ronald Reagan was also an issue.

The point here is that if this was Donald Trump experiencing all of the Clinton health issues, most of the media folks would be calling for him to drop out of the election because he was unfit to serve in the strenuous office of the presidency of the United States. As it is, they are doing all they can to derail his candidacy as if this was their patriotic duty, and making light of Clinton’s health issues.

Running for office of president of the United States is serious business. Voters need to know all they can about the candidates from their health to their tax returns. We know the Clintons paid about a third of their $10.6 million 2015 income to the federal government in taxes. Trump says he does all he can to avoid paying too much of his income in taxes. That’s what most businesses do.

We don’t know why Trump is not releasing his tax information. Hopefully, this election will be about the real issues and concerns of Americans and not just about the tax returns or health of any one candidate.