Yesterday, the paywall loving and intrusive ad serving Des Moines Register and their editorial board gave Donald Trump a strongly worded lecture on how he has “cheapened the electoral process” through his controversial comments on Senator John McCain while in reality it is the Des Moines Register that has continued to cheapen the electoral process by keeping candidates out of debates and out of their papers.
While I am no fan of Mr. Trump and many of his comments, I am even less of a fan of the Des Moines Register’s editorial policies which are designed to stifle debate and limit competition. Trump is at least running a real campaign. He is speaking to issues that a lot of people are passionate about and for whatever reason it has struck a chord with a lot of people. That is what successful politicians do. Sure, his comments may have been out of line, but politicians make comments that are out of line all the time. Usually, people that the media believe are unqualified and not serious are ignored no matter if they are really unqualified or not. Not in this case. They media loves talking about Donald Trump, a piece of cloth from the 1850’s, and Bruce Jenner’s private parts. In fact, they ignore important stories to focus on sensationalism.
Trump is leading in the polls because of publications such as the Des Moines Register and those in the media are continuously reporting about his every controversial word and statement in an attempt to sell more papers and increase advertising revenue to keep their dying media alive in an age where free news flows like wine through the vines of social media. Americans appear to love reality TV stars and will elect people to office based on something as simple as a TV ad. For example, look at how Joni Ernst won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. We may not like it, but it is the cold hard truth. This focus on celebrity and flashy candidates in the media causes “serious candidates” to be overlooked. We cannot blame the candidates for what the media decides is newsworthy to cover.
In the Register’s pontification on Trump they claimed that Trump “has polluted the political waters to such an extent that serious candidates who actually have the credentials to serve as president can’t get their message across to voters. In fact, some of them can’t even win a spot in one of the upcoming debates, since those slots are reserved for candidates leading in the polls.” The audacity of the of bloviating hypocrites at the Des Moines Register to call someone else out on causing serious candidates for office to be ignored when they are the one who has been ignoring them. Last year, the Des Moines Register couldn’t be bothered to include a small mention that Libertarian candidates were also running at the bottom of their fluff pieces on the major party candidates which included ever so important information such as who George H.W. Bush endorsed in a general election.
The Des Moines Register, not Trump, have polluted the political waters to such an extent that serious candidates who actually have the credentials to serve can’t get their message across to voters. They have fought tooth and nail to limit general election debates to only two major party candidates, refused coverage of our candidate for Governor until just days before the election, and even went as far as refusing to mention my friend Dr. Doug Butzier was running for the United State’s Senate on several occasions. Doug was qualified and a serious candidate. He was President of the Mercy Medical Center of Dubuque and arguably had a lot more qualifications than a certain state senator who is most famous for castrating hogs and wearing bread bags on her feet as a child. Just weeks before the election, Doug was killed in a plane crash. That day, the Register did an article about my race for Secretary of State and ignored that I was also running. Funny how quick the ambulance chasing vultures at the Register found my name and phone number on a recent press release we sent them when they wanted to get more information about this qualified candidate that had just passed away that they didn’t care about hours before.
Donald, I may not support you and we may not agree on the issues, but you are more than welcome to invest money in the Iowa Free Press and together we can both cheapen the electoral process and take power away from the Des Moines Register.
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