Michael Gaynor
Donald Trump must beat the media as well as Hillary Clinton to become president
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By Michael Gaynor
October 18, 2016

Unless they have tangible evidence, women coming forwardduring the month before Election Day 2016 to belatedly claim that Trump behaved badly toward them should be presumed to be deceitful, or deluded, or pathetic opportunists craving 15 minutes of fame.

Unless they have tangible evidence, women coming forward during the month before Election Day 2016 to belatedly claim that Trump behaved badly toward them should be presumed to be deceitful, or deluded, or pathetic opportunists craving 15 minutes of fame.

Next month we will learn whether Donald Trump will be elected President.

To do so, Trump must overcome media bias as well as Team Clinton.

To do that, Trump must discredit the media as well as Team Clinton.

It is a daunting task that Trump has undertaken.

The media includes ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC and Univsision as The New York Times, the Washington Post and nearly all the other prominent newspapers.

They have been doing their worst to discredit Trump.

Fox News is not really pro-Trump, as Megyn Kelly, Shepard Smith and others demonstrate regularly, but it is much more fair and balanced than other media outlets.

Trump has been advised to ignore the media.

It's absurd advice.

As I explained in "To Become President, Donald Trump Should Follow Newt Gingrich's Feisty Example and Attack Media Bias, But NOT All His Advice" (www.webcommentary.com/php/ShowArticle.php?id=gaynorm&date=161003):

"...Trump is also running against mainstream media bias and the bipartisan establishment that loathes the thought of an outsider like Trump becoming President.

"Dealing with them is Trump's biggest challenge, because they want to demonize him and be ignored in the process."

"...telling Trump to disregard character assassination attempts is asking him to be less than candid with the American people and untrue to himself.

"Not going to happen!"

Fortunately, it's NOT happening, and the ballot is still secret, so Trump still has a chance to win.

The British shocked the world by voting to exit the European Union. The polls underpolled the exit vote by six percent. Being for exit was not politically correct.

In 1969 pollsters did not realize that Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty would win reelection against challenger Tom Bradley,because many Yorty votes preferred not to acknowledge that they would vote for Yorty.

The media has made acknowledging being a Trump supporter undesirable to many people.

The key question is...how many?

Trump seems to have lerarned someone from Senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee whose amnesty efforts made him one of the liberal media's favorite Republlcans.

McCain had referred to the media as his "base."

Nevertheless, The New York Times wanted another United States Senator – Barack Obama – to become President.

So when McCain became the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, The New York Times ran an anonymously sourced hit piece suggesting that McCain had a lobbyist mistress.

Trump used the media brilliantly in winning the Republican presidential nomination. Now he is getting the treatment from the media, virtually all the media, and he is doing what he must do to have a chance to win – fighting back.

The New York Times leads the Stop Trump movement, undeterred by the fact that its first blockbuster hit piece on Trump this year fizzled as the named sources explained that they were misrepresented.

The same reporters responsible for that failed hit piece recently came out with another, featuring a 74-year old woman named Jessica Leeds. She claimed that Trump had grabbed her breasts on an airplane three decades ago. She said: "I fled to the back of he plane." She said in a televised interview that he was like an octopus, even though he only has two arms, and that if he had not touched her skirt, it might have been tolerable. She had not taken any action against Trump at the time, she insisted, because that wasn't what women did then.

What mother would want her son charged, much less convicted, on unsupported testimony like that?

The attack on Trump has been beautifully choreographed to minimize the issues in an effort to make the election a referendum on misogyny.

This line of attack began with the first debate of the Republican presidential debate in 2015 with Fox News star Megyn Kelly peddling the Democrats' War on Women canard and depicting Trump as unfit to be President.

KELLY: "Mr. Trump, one of the things people love about you is you speak your mind and you don't use a politician's filter. However, that is not without its downsides, in particular, when it comes to women. You've called women you don't like 'fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.'"

TRUMP: "Only Rosie O'Donnell."

KELLY: "No, it wasn't. ... For the record, it was well beyond Rosie O'Donnell."

TRUMP: "Yes, I'm sure it was."

KELLY: "Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women's looks. You once told a contestant on 'Celebrity Apprentice' it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president, and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who is likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the 'war on women'?"

TRUMP: "I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. I've been challenged by so many people, and I don't frankly have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn't have time either. This country is in big trouble. We don't win anymore. We lose to China. We lose to Mexico both in trade and at the border. We lose to everybody.

"And frankly, what I say, and oftentimes it's fun, it's kidding. We have a good time. What I say is what I say. And honestly Megyn, if you don't like it, I'm sorry. I've been very nice to you, although I could probably maybe not be, based on the way you have treated me. But I wouldn't do that. But you know – we need strength, we need energy, we need quickness and we need brain in this country to turn it around. That I can tell you right now."

On September 16, 2015, in "Megyn Kelly's Anti-Trump Bias Is Obvious and a Disservice to Her Viewers" (www.webcommentary.com/php/PrintArticle.php?id=gaynorm&date=150916), I put it this way: "Fox News star Megyn Kelly used her role as a debate moderator to try to torpedo Donald Trump's presidential campaign by charging that Trump is at war with women (as distinguished from harsh with particular women who attack him), such as Rosie O'Donnell and Kelly at the debate.

Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been trying hard to use her gender as a selling point with voters, especially female voters, and Kelly did her best to help.

Trump is 70. He has not been arrested, much less convicted of a crime. No assault claims, sexual or otherwise, have been filed against him.

Unless they have tangible evidence, women coming forward during the month before Election Day 2016 to belatedly claim that Trump behaved badly toward them should be presumed to be deceitful, or deluded, or pathetic opportunists craving 15 minutes of fame.

Either Trump or Clinton can win, and only Trump can lead the way toward America becoming great again.

God bless Trump and the United States of America.

© Michael Gaynor

 

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Michael Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member... (more)

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