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tv   Counting the Cost 2017 Ep 38  Al Jazeera  September 23, 2017 12:32pm-1:00pm AST

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or was our starting point this week is new york city. when playing the blame game hillary clinton starts with herself she says she was the candidate she made the decisions and takes responsibility for what happened but not sole responsibility of the f.b.i. director say. media environment the same way the right does russia are still messing with arcot i don't think the press did their job in this election on the media there is data suggesting that more than a year before election day the dye had already been cast the coverage was taken from gallup the polling organization asked americans what topics they associated with hillary clinton compared to how they saw donald trump the resulting word cloud paints a picture us news consumers primarily associated clinton with her e-mails the private
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server saga not her policies the trump cloud was dominated by his immigration policy with any personal issues limited to the fine print i do think there's some validity to it major outlets like the new york times kind of made a mistake by e-mail scandal with the same way that they treated from scandals what in fact there is never as much evidence to support that anything when on her e-mails but i think she overstates its influence a little bit donald trump was able to marry the spectacle of himself and he has a spectacular person and positive and negative connotations that harm to his idea they bring in drugs they bring in crime they're rapists he make a flamboyant speech about his war and about his china policy or whatever with hillary clinton the only spectacle or drama people could find was this e-mail drama and one. there was something she was hiding and by comparison all the things she
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was saying on policy seemed tedious and boring and worthy the media's fixation on the clinton private email server was a legitimate issue you know it's pretty clear that clinton set up the private server in her home to obscure her government records that being said the singular focus on those emails was a distraction from the major of subset of policy issues you know when n.b.c. had a national security forum presidential nominees here that i have a host matt lauer asked five questions just on the private e-mail server turning it into a very sensational story secular concerning your use of your. stance toward some of the. terri claims. hillary clinton is hardly the only losing candidate to do cried the mainstream media's lack of substantial coverage of policy it's
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a common refrain however the aversion to substance during campaigns is not limited to the journalistic saw it also occurs at the other end of the newscast. and the times and other papers could have handled it better but at the same time they gave clinton the opportunity to go on the record about this through repeated interview requests to talk about policy issues that were important to her campaign and time and again she wouldn't open up a campaign to talk about even those kinds of issues that was a suspicion that any interview she granted would be the e-mail that she hillary clinton raised hundreds of millions of dollars spent much of that money on television and radio ads i'm hillary clinton and i print this message and most of those ads were not policy based right they were focused on demonizing from. accusing him of bigotry i'll go backstage before a show of sexism and look at right in that sadly face of hers of being a crook and i could stand in the middle of fifth avenue and shoot somebody trying to run in the national television ads. blaming her position on health care on the
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environment on taxes that being said it's also the media's fault we did see a very tabloid style coverage of the campaign a lot of kind of personal discussion about personal attributes of the candidates again at the expense of a serious policy discussion. again other politicians have faced that same dilemma how much substance how much exposure is best for the campaign but no other american presidential nominee has been a woman gender is a recurring theme in clinton's book she talks of a continuing double standard the need to be better and work harder than male politicians and the one she was up against debating against was repeatedly labeled . do you stay calm keep smiling and carry on as if he weren't repeatedly invading your space or do you turn look him in the eye and say loudly and clearly back you creep get away from me i know you love to intimidate women but you can't intimidate
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me so back up and clinton was not just trying to get past trying to a place no american woman has reached before she was trying to get there having previously played in the eyes of the media a supporting role that a first lady. and you think you have to factor sexism and not only the outcome of the election by the way it was covered maybe gender is the is a better word to use and when your has become so famous for cheating on you that just reinforces that like further closes this trap in around you and so i would say that we have to consider the influence of the role of implicit bias when it came to the way the media covered clinton as a candidate the media didn't necessarily in its entirety treat such a mistake me but it was refracting and incredibly structured in a such a mistake society does not envisage a woman as being president. i think she had to fight against that in this country
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leadership qualities that evaluate charisma strength and people love it when don't trump his arms around it gets ready angry and we clinton couldn't do any of those things because when a man does it is considered to be charismatic and strong and when a woman does it it's considered to be hectoring or screechy and i think there are no a number of studies that would but. it is hard to argue with what hillary clinton says about journalism and gender or her criticism of the media failing to properly scrutinize candida trump until very late in the election cycle what she conveniently fails to mention or prefers to ignore are the advantages she had with the washington press corps and news networks not named fox and the inevitable democratic nominee that crowned her the presumptive democratic nominee well before the first vote was cast in the primaries the question was not if it was when and how the year leading up to the democratic primary the major network media outlets
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provided one hundred twenty minutes of coverage to clinton and her campaign in only twenty minutes to bernie sanders and less than that for other democratic candidates in this race so the network news failed in many ways and in terms of elevating the policy discussion and talking about the issues we face in society at the same time the network media was very friendly to clinton and in a way provided kind of an assistance to our campaign by giving her much more coverage than her opponents what surprised me most about hillary clinton's book is number one it was interesting number two recent challenge to the press and i think your program is dealing with more of the pressure do which is that many institutions the united states failed over the last year in creating the circumstances that gave us donald trump the press need to do as much self-examination as the parties themselves as all the rest of the american fabric does so i hope this will be a prod for some self-examination that the press. other
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media stories that are on our radar this week still with the u.s. the investigation into alleged russian meddling in last year's american presidential election continues at what feels like a snail's pace and among the organizations the f.b.i. is looking at is the russian state owned news service sputnik. sputniks former white house correspondent andrew feinberg says he was questioned on september first as part of that investigation he says he gave the f.b.i. u.s.b. drive containing thousands of internal e-mails from his five month stint in the job in an interview on c.b.s. news feinberg said russian news outlets are taking advantage of their american hosts we allow them to use the first amendment and our country's commitment to a free press against us the american journalist says sputnik fired him in may after he refused to ask the white house press secretary a question that his superiors wanted him to ask for the pre-election clampdown on
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the news media is a tactic we've seen more and more governments adopt and you can add the government of cambodia to that list among the outlets targeted radio free asia the us government funded network says it has suspended operations in phnom penh due to government intimidation another nineteen radio stations of closed in cambodia over the past month over their relationship with our f.a. and another u.s. funded radio service voice of america the election is coming up next year on prime minister hun sen's government has also shut down an english language newspaper the cambodia daily over ambiguous allegations of tax evasion the paper's editor douglas steele has been barred from leaving the country the new york based committee to protect journalists says if cambodia wants to be viewed as a democracy this campaign of intimidation must stop in turkey thirty one journalists at a newspaper that is now out of print have gone on trial facing possible life sentences over their alleged role in last year's failed coup the former employees
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of the amman daily and its english language sister publication today's amman face charges of membership of an armed terror organization and attempting to overthrow the government through their newspapers links to a u.s. based opposition figure for to look who was accused of backing the coup some on turkey's largest selling daily was seized by the government of march of two thousand and sixteen. and changed its editorial to an overnight supporting president heir to one before being shut down completely in july of that year turkey is now fourteen months into its state of emergency and has reportedly put more than one hundred seventy journalists behind bars since the failed coup making it the world's worst jailor of media workers another fifty thousand in turkey have been arrested and more than one hundred sixty five thousand subjected to legal proceedings on suspicion of links to the ruling movement the turkish authorities have frequently called on the u.s. to extradite the cleric a request that so far has been denied and. for
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months now the leaders of north korea and the united states have been goading each other in a war of words over the unthinkable the possibility of a nuclear war with each missile test each nuclear test conducted by pyongyang donald trump has responded with aggressive rhetoric usually delivered in one hundred forty characters or fewer the un's general assembly got a taste of that this past week when president trump threatened to totally destroy north korea if the u.s. is forced to defend itself or its allies as the u.s. news media have learned a striking the right tone and not being alarmist over this kind of story presents its editorial challenges sandwiched between north korean propaganda and the unpredictability of the trump white house is south korea where the media are also trying to keep a level head all the better informed and more cautious in tone the newsmakers the south korean media are covering are also struggling to make sense of what's coming
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out of washington the listening posts to me not to ravi now on the distance between most of the global media and this particular news story and how the further the media are from the korean peninsula the more imminent the prospect of nuclear war seems to be. with stakes this high. thank you no my intensions will disagree and president trump warning the regime today against making any more threats toward the u.s. they will be met with a fine fury this is the kind of new story that doesn't need sensationalizing. but still look at the coverage and it's there outright from north korea which is a hole in the level of talk about this the more possibility of misperception miscalculation and even though both sides don't want to walk. back from you
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significantly raise the possibility that somebody might actually do something foolish or more likely to get into a miscalculation or through a cop that is right by them especially now media coverage is probably more important than ever because we know that the president of the united states is an avid t.v. news consumer so recently i watched m s n b c and more than once they just repeat it that kim jong un is a madman the chinese would allow a madman on their border you know this man with weapons is a mad man the art of the deal meeting dr strangelove that's not a very good analysis he wants nuclear weapons for strategic purposes but if you were just watching that show will you come away with this crazy is this a person who is rational enough and you have to worry that. there isn't a decision makers generally but specifically now no president from. able news.
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sometimes news outlets aiming for brevity shorthand their inaccuracy and sensationalism that's where the regime in july the head of the cia suggested washington could be considering options to move. pyongyang replied saying it would quote strike the u.s. with a powerful nuclear hammer if the united states tried regime change. the shorthand version in a headline in u.s. magazine newsweek left out the second half of the north korean statement i think there's a huge double standard when it comes to the threats that are imposed by north korea and and u.s. threats because you know north korea is seen as the axis of evil the communist state of the rogue nation related to missile launch of the dictatorship mysterious and secretive nation that irrational kim jong un and doing something unpredictable and dangerous we don't know is creating an almost god like image from somebody's home whereas the u.s.
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is seen within the paradigm of democracy and freedom and rationality whatever it is forced to defend itself or tell us we will have no choice but to totally destroy north korea. north korea is one of the most isolated countries in the world there are just two foreign news bureaus in pyongyang of the news agencies and if foreign journalists are sometimes invited in to witness big event or we could still see a missile launch today but getting access to north korean sources is a significant challenge for reporters. that the lack of access to what's really going on creates suspicions and ultimately feeds the rumor mill that speculation turns into new stories video games scenarios and even film plot yours to kill the leader of north korea when rumors about strange customs or something weird pops up online it's easy to believe that they're true and as
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a package over time you get the impression that these are people that are fundamentally irrational and strange and really have nothing to do with us and that's a common feature in wars. your enemy the other very difficult to understand barely maybe in some ways it makes it seem like a bit of a joke as well as kind of something better to do like planting crops than worrying about what styles of hair women and men should be allowed to do and i think that this can contribute to a relationship where north korea is very good it's seen as very otherworldly and may make some of the threats from the western side seem more palatable and this humanize ation actually. serves in the interests of north korea's opponents and their military interests because you have this very simplistic frame good logical
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rational people versus crazy monsters has. gotten care about and they're prepared to have millions of their citizen die and this actually hinders understanding north korea's very rational motivations. missiles in nuclear weapons. north and south korea have been in a standoff for more than seventy years in south korean media the proximity to the conflict and access to some information from north korean defectors has produced a different more informed journalism and. the donald trump factor has sent a jolt through the south korean media landscape. on this u.s. president and the possibility of american intervention in the region conservative
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activists traditionally hawkish and pro-u.s. find themselves in the same camp as liberal outlets that favor diplomatic engagement and are often skeptical of u.s. involvement in mid april published a newspaper headline articulating fears of trump quote going on north korea the increased tension since the term presidency have also pushed political discourse in south korea to the right with conservative media outlets open.

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