Rigged, Really?

By: Brandy Walker

DailyMail.com courtesy of Twitter

It has been quite interesting to watch the 2016 presidential election process unfold. No matter if you’re surfing the world-wide web or channel surfing on the television, you will most likely run into something regarding the election.

I have always been intrigued by the political process, but now I am looking at the election through a different lens. Not only am I a voter with legitimate concern for my country, I am also studying to be a part of the media.

Lately, Donald Trump has gone on a tangent, insinuating that the election process is rigged. He also says that the media is the reason that he is lagging behind his democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

According to an article in the Washington Post, “Trump supporters were insistent that such [voter] fraud is rampant and that major media outlets are conspiring  to hide the issue. 

I was taught early on as a journalism student the importance of having integrity, and having the ability to report the news fairly without bias. We were given the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics as a guide and reminder of our responsibilities.

I would imagine that professional news reporters would have the same standards and teachings. Despite Donald Trumps ill feelings towards networks like CNN, I feel that they have done a great job of incorporating the views of both conflicting parties. There is a good balance of political experts in support of both sides.

Trump’s presidential campaign leaves me reminiscent of my days in grade school. I can recall how the kid who was a sore loser, would often shout,”they cheated, they cheated.” As the days grow closer to election day, Trump is jumping and shouting from the battleground blacktop, about how the media has cheated him. He refuses to take responsibility for his own words and actions.

Mark Braden, the former chief counsel of the Republican National Committee, was quoted in a recent interview with CNN,” The most important thing in the system is that the winners win and the losers lose.” That’s what our democracy is all about. We duke it out during election season and when it’s all over, we shake hands and work together as a union!

 

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