Peter Daou believes coverage by the national press of the 2016 election campaign was so bad, they owe an apology to one of the presidential candidates…Hillary Clinton.
The former Clinton adviser whined about the “disdainful coverage” the former Democratic nominee received in a tweet at last month’s White House Correspondents Dinner.
Most honest thing that could happen at #WHCD is for the national press to apologize to Hillary and her voters for their disdainful coverage.
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) April 30, 2017
He doubled down on his complaint during an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Friday.
“Both candidates got very bad press,” Daou said. “Candidate Trump got terrible press, and Hillary Clinton got very bad press.”
Clinton’s email server controversy and the WikiLeaks email leaks were the focus of more media attention than any negative Trump story, Daou argued.
He cited findings by a research team that Clinton’s email story received “660 consecutive days of coverage,” while Carlson pointed out that this was not the case at publications like The New York Times.
“The email story dominated coverage from the very beginning,” Daou said. “She made a mistake, and she apologized for it.”
Carlson countered that Trump was consistently portrayed as a “villain” and Clinton a “hero” leading up to the November election.
“That was the story line in every major media organization in America,” he said.
“I dispute that completely,” Daou responded.
“You can cherry-pick stories that were positive for her or negative against him,” he continued, referring again to a study that showed Clinton’s emails were reported on six times more than her policies.
Carlson disagreed, showing examples of reports and headlines that proved the media’s favorable coverage of Clinton during the campaign.
“They really wanted her to win,” he said. “They may not have liked her personally. I don’t think a lot of them did. But they wanted her to win. That’s just true.”
“It’s what you’re stating. I see it the exact opposite,” Daou replied. ” The playing field was tilted against her unfairly.”
Carlson noted the “continuity of story line” with Bill and Hillary Clinton and their consistent claims to be victims of bias.
“They always make the case, her husband does the same: ‘we’re being treated unfairly, we’re the victims of some kind of bias. People are mean to us for reasons we can’t explain,'” Carlson said. “Have you noticed this? They always say that.”
Daou sidestepped the question, saying he “wasn’t there” and was only speaking of this past election.
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