I conducted a mini-survey since late June to determine how many anti-Trump headlines or articles I would read up to the election. I kept track of the headlines and the writer or publisher read from one of our local papers (The Daily News), which included (mostly) columns written from the traditional Trump adversaries, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and CNN, writers known for being both conservative (George Will and Michael Gerson) and liberal (Leonard Pitts, S. E. Cupp, and E.J. Dionne), and writers from Politico, Newsweek and from an obscure political organization (it’s really not supposed to be political but very much was…or is…) “Word-a-Day,” a blog for word lovers (words at wordsmith.org), where the editor, Anu Garg, made no attempt to withhold his emotional opposition to Trump.

I stopped counting on Nov. 4 (even though the election had not been called yet and) even though the negative Trump columns kept-a-comin’ at a furious pace. And they still are.

My count? One hundred anti-Trump columns and headlines from late June to early November. And that’s just little ol’ me subscribing to the little ol’ Jacksonville Daily News, watching an hour or so of TV news each day (switching between Fox, MSNBC, ABC and CBS to get opposing views), and scanning the web for a few minutes.

Having neither the time or desire to conduct my study full time, I wonder how many anti-Trump headlines and news broadcasts were actually out there in the traditional and social media during the same period between June and November? Adding Twitter and Facebook (which I didn’t track) I would have to do a Scientific Wild Ass Guess (a SWAG as we called it in the Marines) and surmise it be in the hundreds of thousands.

My point here is not to condemn either the Democrats or their allies in the news media or to advocate for either of the political parties or their nominees. Whatever I was prior to the election, I am now a supporter of President-elect Biden and a strong advocate for his success as our president.

But in the midst of this constant barrage of negative reporting from even conservatives, in the midst of a pandemic that any armchair quarterback could criticize Trump’s response to, and in the midst of an economic recession as a result of that pandemic, it IS my point to suggest that the fact that Trump could nonetheless do so well in the election … make it a very close call against all odds and the polling and pundits’ prognosticating … is amazing.

Frankly, it’s kind of amazing he didn’t win. When I was in the Marines, in excusing our drill instructor’s apparent dislike of us we would dismiss their behavior by reasoning, “Well, at least they hate us all equally.” Likewise, it can be an indicator of a politician’s (good) performance if most-everyone hates him or her equally.

Even overseas they have opinions. I have relatives and friends in Germany and France. My German cousin says, “America was my favorite country when I was a kid but Trump’s lack of concern for Europe bothers me.” My French friend (a “Republican” or conservative in France who liked Trump but nonetheless) questions the negativism of American politics. Both question the costs.

They followed the election very closely, staying up late to watch the debates and the election returns. I’m pretty worldly, having served in the Marines, seeing the good, the bad and the ugly all around the world. But my foreign relatives and friends cared far more about the American presidential election than I have ever cared about their countries’ elections. That says a lot about America’s position and status in the world.

Yet they can’t understand the negativism and the expense of American elections where so much good could be accomplished with the millions of advertising dollars, instead, flushed down the toilet. I can’t say I disagree with them.

According to the AP on Nov. 10, “[Cal] Cunningham accepted defeat after out (fund) raising Tillis during what became the most expensive U.S. Senate race in history. The two campaigns and outside groups spent $282 million on the general election, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.”

And according to the Charleston (S.C.) Post and Dispatch, also on Nov. 10, “Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison spent more than $130 million en route to losing to Republican incumbent Lindsey Graham in South Carolina’s closely watched U.S. Senate race, while Graham spent more than $100 million, according to their campaigns.

Those figures do not include substantial spending from outside groups from both parties.”

A study released by the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan organization that tracks political spending found, “The total cost of this year’s federal elections will reach a record high of $14 billion, a number twice as much as the amount spent to influence the election cycle four years ago.”

We all need to ask the question, I think, and be able to answer our foreign friends’ questions (as well as our own): for what true benefit for America was the negativism spewed and obscene amount of money spent?

Newspaper columnist Barry Fetzer writes from his home on Queens Creek.

(38) comments

mpjeep

If only our good editors here could edit News Outlets and Social Media before publication then trolling, attacks on others and just being a jerk might subside.

As most of you know, lots of folks on this site have either changed my opinion or enlightened me from school bonds to evolution to AR-15s, among many other things, but only after I had all the facts. Not just one side, with nothing left out.

Biden said: we have to stop treating those with opposite views as the enemy. But, I guess it’s just human nature to object right off the bat to those with opposite views.

dc

Biden said what? When did he change his mind? Must have been after the meeting with BO & Comey about how to screw Flynn & DJT. How much did Ds along with their media complex, tech monopolies, etc spend to lose against DJT in '16 & again in '20? They did lose didn't they? How much has Bloomberg spent to lose not counting what he gave Nancy in '16 for the rep seats? Remember Ds have always been against big $ in politics until BO convinced them it's one of Alinsky's Rules in how to win & use against the enemy. Can you guess who their enemies are? Well, maybe they liked it a little before then but remember BO said he was going to change the country. He just didn't say exactly how. Didn't try Israel but lost? Y'all gotten his message yet? Need to tell the kinfolk in France that dirty software/hardware has supposedly been used for or against some of their folks. It's pretty much all over the globe if & when needed by certain characters for their dastardly deeds. Since they've been caught in this election it might be reined in at least temporarily.

mpjeep

Biden has changed his mind on everything he says or better yet someone else changes his mind. His mind's not working so good these days and will get worse, I'm sure.

mpjeep

I think this year’s election leaves the US more divided than ever. One poll I read, said 50 percent of Biden voters, voted more against Trump than for Biden. Anyway you slice it, that’s a lot of ignorant voters.

And also more than 70 percent of Republicans believe the election was rigged, including me, making them unlikely to view Biden as a legitimate leader.

What is even more concerning is the deliberate strategy that politicians and the media used to get folks elected.

Trump received the second-highest number of votes ever by a U.S. presidential candidate, and he will again in 2024, should he decide to run. By then, liberals will see how they screwed up electing Biden to office.

drewski

Trump received the second-highest number of votes ever by a U.S. presidential candidate, and he will again in 2024, should he decide to run.

I agree jeep, if trump runs in 2024 he will come in second place again.

Best part about recounts?

We get to see him loose all over AGAIN!

Ha har har

David Collins

4 years is plenty of time to advance their socialist agendas . Once you wean the public on to a giveaway scheme it is neigh on impossible to get them off of it . Case in point is the ACA “ Obamacare “ . More and more folks just want to be coddled from cradle to grave and it shows .

mpjeep

That's true, David, but someone has to pay for all the free stuff. And taxing $400,000 and up probably won't get er done.

mpjeep

Before taking office, Trump claimed that everybody’s got to be covered by health insurance and promised to lower out-of-pocket costs. In reality, his administration has worked relentlessly to strip health care from millions of Americans and gut protections for people with preexisting conditions.

If Obamacare is eliminated in North Carolina it would be devastating to many North Carolinian families.

503,000 people in North Carolina would lose coverage, raising the state's uninsured rate among the nonelderly population from 13.3 percent to 19.1 percent.

4.2 million people in North Carolina with pre existing conditions could face higher premiums, benefit exclusions or be denied coverage altogether.

The state would lose $4.6 billion in federal funding for health coverage because the ruling would eliminate ACA funding for the marketplaces, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Insurance companies would no longer be required to issue rebates when they overcharge North Carolinians. Last year, insurance companies returned $9.9 million in medical loss ratio rebates to policyholders in North Carolina.

Always A Teacher

trump lost, plain and simple, and it was not because of negative columns. It was because of himself, his tantrums, his lies, his chaos, his lies, his name-calling, his lies, his mocking, his lies, his inane tweets, his blatant disregard for the pandemic, and his own willingness NEVER to admit he was wrong but to blame it on someone else. The millions who voted against trump wanted someone who was NOT all those things. If I want to see a tantrum, I can visit a daycare. trump had absolutely no diplomacy whatsoever. He could barely read a speech, yet he was an EXPERT on EVERY topic. November 7th was a breath of FRESH air. trump was the ultimate source of his own negativity. Now, HE is taking credit for the vaccine. NO, it was the scientists and researchers at Pfizer, Moderna, and Oxford who put in the long hours, the testing, NOT trump.

drewski

Yawn...when your hear hoofbeats think horses not zebras? Perhaps there are so many negative articles about trump because he is a negative character? Petulant,corrupt,inept,and not to bright?

Oh look, here comes a herd of zebras.

David Collins

They both have hooves , don’t they ?

JusticeForAll

Politicians spending obscene amounts of money to win an election is nothing new. Everything is getting more expensive, including politics. The negative response to Trump was caused by the disregard to the office of President that Trump systematically degraded on a daily basis. Any positive or beneficial things he might have done or did do were overshadowed by his unyielding self promotion. Trump lost this election because of the millions who voted for him last time (me included) could not tolerate his repulsive and juvenile behavior and did not vote for him this election. It was not because democrats supposedly tampered with the voting process. Time will prove that it was nothing more than the type of errors that have happened and/or likely to happen in election and not some wide spread conspiracy scheme. Trump has cemented his own inauspicious legacy all by himself.

mpjeep

FYI, justice: David Attenborough has a new documentary series coming out in 2021: A Perfect Planet: The Story of Earth's Power and Fragility. You may already know about it.

JusticeForAll

Sneak previews are already out! You also might be interested in The Great Courses. Look them up. I would start with Robert Hazen and his classes. Thanks for keeping me updated mpjeep. :)

mpjeep

Thanks for update on Hazen. I'll look at it.

dc

Pay no attention to Leftist media including big tech bias, overwhelming Leftism in academia, Leftist cancel culture & the Leftist ideology permeating & advancing in all areas of our culture because it must be healthy right? Suppress all else to ensure our freedoms right? Trump & his supporters have different ideas & that's your & the Left's real problem with him & his supporters.

Always A Teacher

It is NOT trump's ideas, generally. It is HOW he delivers them...no decent language, no diplomacy, no paying attention to daily briefs, can't speak eloquently, etc. He just spews lies and his juvenile behavior and rants are certainly NOT presidential. trump belongs in a sleazy bar, not the Oval Office.

mpjeep

Wait and see -- It will happen next year: Biden won't be able to bridle his quick temper and tongue.

David Collins

Oh , so she wants a traditional smooth talking politician just dripping with eloquence as he baffles you with a perfectly choreographed monologue that says nothing but promises everything . All the while stealing the chickens from your back yard followed by having you over for dinner . To wash the pots and pans followed by polishing the silverware , that is . That kind of President . OK ! You just may have found him but don’t expect dinner .

Always A Teacher

"says nothing but promises everything" Isn't this what your dear trump does? I want someone who does not name-call, bribe, lie, cheat, mock, and ridicule? Is that TOO much to ask of a PRESIDENT? Do you do these things (mock, lie, cheat, name-call, and bribe)? If you are in trump's league, I guess you have no morals and see nothing wrong with this insane behavior. Millions of other people did though...that's why trump did NOT win. People may have voted the first time for him, but when they saw his "diplomacy" in action and his "presidential" air, they thought again. Again, trump belongs in a sleazy bar.

David Collins

By golly , that is just where Trump has been for the last four years . The great sleaze bar in Washington , also called “ The Swamp “ , where truth , justice and the American way have been replaced by mediocrity , kingdom building and self enrichment . Pretty much like politics is handled world wide . Yup , guess it is time to return to those golden Clinton years and for the same cast of characters to return for another go at the public trough .

Speaking of the public trough , anyone seen or heard from sonny boy Hunter lately ? Bout time for him to seal another lucrative deal for the Big Man , isn’t it ? Covid vaccine distribution would be right up his alley and a guy with his naturally born expertise in everything is needed .

dc

It's NOT ideas? So his ideas may be okay? It's HOW he delivers. Now delivery is what really counts? Silver-tongued BSers like BO really get things done? LIES? So his lies are REAL but others like BO & JB are not REAL lies? Rants are not presidential? So BO & JB are presidential? How? Was JFK, LBJ, & WJC presidential? JB who couldn't cut it in the past is presidential? Why & how? Name-call, bribe, lie, cheat, mock & ridicule. Describes JB to a tee. Actually describes BO pretty good too. His silver tongue evidently mesmerized & severely clouded some folks' hearing & vision.

dc

Since you brought it up, DJT doesn't smoke or drink so you probably won't find him in a sleazy bar. You might find JB looking for his son in a sleazy bar or strip joint. Drinking & smoking kind of go together so you might find past presidents in such places. Let 's see which ones exhibited that habit? BO for sure.

mpjeep

I’m pretty sure when teach says “not name-call, bribe, lie, cheat, mock, and ridicule” they are talking about Biden. If not, they may not really be doing much research. Description is perfect for Joe and Hunter.

morehood city res

if some of ya'll don't trust our government and it's democratic elections then why are you here? i'm sure there are many dictatorships that would welcome you with open arms, just don't bring yours, peasants can't have those things. paranoid much?

dc

"What if all the judges are cowards?" By Patricia McCarthy. Why would all these whistleblowers come forward & swear to affidavits & risk their own lives? Even Professor Turley who is a real liberal has received threats because he supports the law. Yet the law doesn't support the people & by just doing its job.

mpjeep

No matter whether it affects the election or not, all fraud must be investigated and dealt with.

David Collins

In response to Morehead city res and any other Trump Haters out there . Sure you don’t like him and want him gone . I am not in love with him or all in as they say . Just see him as a better way to go . So , enough of this for this is not the reason for this post

Dec , 4th , 2020 . Posted on the Drudge Report 2020 . Drudge is no fan of Trump , no not at all and that is what got my attention . Anyway , moving on . FDA CAREER STAFF DELAYING VAX ? . Written by Marty Masaryk of The Dispatch . thedispatch.com . This is well worth reading in it’s entirety . If true , explains one heck of a lot about what really goes on in the FDA . Part of the Swamp , by the way. Read it with an open mind and perhaps gain some insight and outrage that these people are doing this to us . Not going to say anything more except Mr. Editor , you guys need to read this as well . Your newspaper might consider reprinting , with credits , this article for all to see and read . This transcends politics and gives a peep into the world that is our government and the attitudes that are prevalent . AllI am going to say for it is enough said . For now .

mpjeep

Good read, David. Trump was right in chewing out the head of the FDA. Lots of folks need their jobs terminated and maybe even do some jail time.

JusticeForAll

Why doesn't Trump fire them?

JusticeForAll

Agreed David. That is an article everyone needs to read. Scary stuff.

mpjeep

I’m not usually for more government regulation of anything, but I make an exception when it comes to the corrupt FDA.

Too much potential for bribes, or at least pressure, from big pharmaceutical and food companies.

The FDA mostly rubber stamps biased observations of large corporations, researchers and so called experts.

drewski

The fact that large corporations have undue influence in govt operations, decisions, and outcomes via lobbiests -cash and incentives should not come as a surprise to anyone with an iq above room temp on a mild day.

mpjeep

I guess it's just meant to be............no matter what side of an argument I take, you almost Always take the other side.[angry]

drewski

"I guess it's just meant to be............no matter what side of an argument I take, you almost Always take the other side. "

That suggests one of us is almost always wrong...hmmm.

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(Edited by staff.)

dc

With 55% govt & 45% big medicine/pharma sponsorship & control how can We The People lose?

David Collins

Sadly this is big government in inaction . Observed this for years and still infuriates me . A bunch of well paid people with lifetime benefits purposely stalling their jobs because they can . No one to encourage expedience because that person has been promoted up and out . Relegated to reading the newspaper , or internet , to fill in his ‘her abundant spare time . Yup , that is government .

mpjeep

You know who hasn't missed a paycheck during Covid?  Government employees paid for by.........you guessed it.  Does it really make sense?

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