I love a Conspiracy Theory. It is just so much fun to see how the probably unrelated, if not self-fabricated, dots connect for a ridiculous conclusion. I even enjoy making up one, now and then, for the sport of it. Here is my latest (yes, I drew the cartoon above): the conservatives are backing Bernie and the liberals are backing Trump in this primary season of the election cycle. The (il)logic is that they want the other party to nominate someone whom their candidate can surely win.
All I needed to do was find some evidence…
On the liberal side, my evidence is soft. Listening to NPR radio in the mornings, the epitome of “the liberal media”, I have noticed how much they run stories about Trump’s latest rant. Now, I do not expect that many conservatives listen to NPR and therefore would not be persuaded by their spin on what a danger President Trump might be.
On the other hand, a well-known political phenomenon is that name recognition, regardless of the content, tends to increase someone’s regard for someone. Thus, politicians put ads and signs all over the place, just so that we become familiar with their names. By my conspiracy theory, therefore, NPR runs lots of stories using Trump’s name to increase the familiarity and thus likelihood that he will win primary elections and the GOP nomination.
As evidence, during the NPR story about the Republican debate that Trump refused to attend, the reporter stated his name 13 times, and referred to “he”, “him”, or “his” 4 additional times. Of the other six or eight candidates in the debate, none received more than 3 namings during the whole story.
Then there was the run up to the Nevada Cacus day for the Democrats. Bernie won. Who was funding PAC adds in his favor? Karl Rove, “W’s” campaign strategist. Rove set up a Political Action Committee, American Crossroads. A bulk of Bernie’s support adds were funded by American Crossroads. Rove’s statement (reported on NPR) was that he wanted Bernie to get the Democratic nomination because “any Republican will win against Bernie”.
There you go. NPR is giving Trump name recognition. A conservative PAC is helping Bernie get elected.