It may surprise you that Donald Trump’s massive presence in liberal media outlets such as MSNBC or CNN isn’t meant to educate the voter as to his qualifications to be president.

Understand neither Democrats nor the liberal media want the villainous Hillary Clinton having to face anyone but Republican real-estate mogul Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. In fact, he may be the only chance she’s got.


The recent Iowa caucuses were a perfect example.

Nearly every single poll (including the esteemed Des Moines Register and Bloomberg) had Trump up in entrance polling by as many as 5 points over Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. At one point leading up to the voting, some polls had Trump up by as many as 22 points!

But that doesn’t mean he ever was.

You see, there’s something about the human psyche that makes folks want to go with a “winner.” And the major media players count on that. They believe they can influence the outcome of an election with early polling “slanted” toward their candidate feigning a substantial lead – so don’t waste your vote!

It turns out, Cruz won by nearly 4.5 points, nearly a 9 point turnaround. In this case, the incredulous consideration of Donald Trump as the GOP candidate was just too surmounting to be overcome by any media ploy.

Now, don’t get me wrong. This tactic isn’t proprietary for the liberal media. Other major conservative channels like Fox News are just as guilty of tilting the voter’s focus one direction or another.

For example, it’s pretty obvious to me that initially the Fox News tailwinds were in the sails of Jeb Bush. After all, the Bush legacy has been kind to owner Rupert Murdoch. But after seeing the Jeb ship wasn’t seaworthy, the talking heads jumped on Mario Rubio’s speed boat. And clearly the questions and interview angles given Rubio are slow pitches compared to the knuckle balls thrown at Ted Cruz and other candidates.

It’s a pretty sad state of affairs, actually. We have the national liberal media promoting the weakest possible GOP candidate while providing Hillary an endless supply of “get out of jail free” cards. And we have the comparative conservative media attempting to influence their lion share of voters with sometimes fair and “unbalanced” reporting.

So, don’t fall prey to this nuanced reporting and skewed polls. If we’ve learned anything from recent history, it isn’t only the politicians who will lie to you – some media outlets will as well.

Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.