President Trump - The media's Frankenstein moment the world has to deal with

Ranjan Crasta @jah_crastafari | First published: 9 November 2016, 18:09 IST
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The unthinkable has happened - Donald J Trump will be the next president of the United States of America. As of the time of writing this, he is not only winning the requisite number of electoral college seats, but also the popular vote. Shock and horror aside, America has spoken.

Now, over the next 24 hours, you're going to see a deluge of pieces lamenting the result. The New Yorker has already called it 'An American Tragedy'. The media will lampoon the man and his policies. They will decry his actions and statements. They will question the conscience of the American people and mourn the hit the US' public perception will inevitably suffer.

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In effect, they will do their best to wash their hands off of Trump. But they can't, because President Trump is most definitely a media creation.

An improbable candidate

When Trump announced his candidacy, he had so little support that he actually paid actors $50 each to play Trump supporters at his announcement. Cut to today where he has won the presidential election in a landslide victory. Of course some credit for this turnaround has to go to Trump, but the bulk of credit has to go to the media.

When Trump launched his campaign, he wasn't a serious candidate. With no actual experience of governance he wasn't considered likely to win the Republican primary, never mind an actual run at the White House.