IT WASN’T JUST RUSSIA: THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA AND THE 2016 ELECTION

It might be the instinct of a bully. It might be a savvy political strategy, imported from the world of advertising. It might be the result of an inadequate vocabulary turned to asset. It might be all of these. Whatever its origins, Donald Trump is a master at branding. He knows how to affix a defining label and make it stick. There’s virtually no truth in any of them, and are usually projections of his own crimes…