Trump's Conspiracy Theory Addiction Has Created A Coverage Conundrum
By covering conspiracy theories, the media ends up being complicit in their prevalence, but covering them is part of the job.By Eugene Daniels | May 28, 2016
During a presidential election, the media's job is pretty clear: stay unbiased, keep the candidates honest and make sure the American people have all the information they need to cast a vote. But Donald Trump's habit of spouting conspiracy theories is making that job pretty complicated.
Throughout the primary season, the billionaire has brought up weird, outlandish and debunked theories that sound like they come from the strangest places on the internet. Don't forget that's sort of how he rose to political prominence in the first place.
The conspiracy theories work for Trump. They take over the news cycle, and almost every time, they force his opponent's campaign to spend time addressing the theory instead of focusing on trying to garner support and actually run for office.