The press has been left to watch as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have won the popular vote in a race that was supposed to be decided by the Electoral College.
But for a certain group of journalists and pundits, the race has turned into a proxy war between a President Trump and a President Clinton who has promised a much more populist agenda.
The media has lost control Trump has promised to “make America great again” by imposing tariffs on China, cutting taxes for the wealthy, and creating an infrastructure bank to rebuild the country.
“Trump is a big, big, guy with a big heart, and he’s going to do whatever he can to put his money where his mouth is,” said former CNN commentator Bill Hemmer, who spent much of the campaign arguing that Clinton would be “the biggest threat to the country.”
“The media, I believe, has lost its way,” Hemmer added.
Clinton has promised “massive tax cuts” for the rich and for corporations, and has vowed to “open up our economy” and “make sure we’re getting the jobs back.”
“The only thing that has changed since January is the level of vitriol from Donald Trump, and that is a dangerous combination,” Hemmers said.
As CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro reported earlier this week, the media has “turned its back on the American people” and instead has “allowed Trump to speak his mind and spew his hate.”
Trump “is the worst president since Ronald Reagan,” Hemming said.
“It’s not only a tragedy for the country, it’s a catastrophe for the press.
If you want to understand how Trump has lost, you have to understand the media.”
The Republican nominee has been attacking the press for reporting negative stories about him, including allegations that the Clintons are using the FBI to investigate him, his alleged financial dealings, and the size of his inauguration crowd.
On Monday, he said in a statement: The press has a lot to answer for in this election.
They have betrayed our great country.
We will hold them accountable.
The truth will come out, and I promise that.
Trump’s claim that the FBI is investigating him is a lie, but it is part of the media narrative that Trump is the “poster child” of the corrupt media.
Trump has not only been criticized for making false statements about the Clintons, he has been accused of fabricating and manipulating evidence.
In a January interview with The Washington Post, Trump denied having used the FBI for political purposes, and said that he was just trying to get a fair investigation.
A CNN/ORC poll released this week found that 62 percent of voters think the media is covering the election in a biased way, while 30 percent said the opposite.
Many of the issues the media’s coverage of the race have focused on include Trump’s call for a border wall and his support for repealing Obamacare.
While Trump has been criticized on social media for making “bizarre” comments about women, there is no evidence that he is personally sexist.
Last week, Trump said in an interview with CBS’s Charlie Rose that he has a “great deal of respect” for Fox News, which has “been so unfair to him.”
Trump also said that the network’s Roger Ailes was “one of the worst people in the history of television” and that he would have to fire him had he known of his relationship with the former Fox News host.
Former Fox News CEO Roger Aile, who was ousted after allegations of sexual harassment in 2016, called Trump a “very good friend” and told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Sunday that he and Trump have had “a great relationship.”
“Roger Ailes has been a tremendous friend of mine, I had the great fortune of working with him and having him on,” Trump said.
Ailes resigned from Fox News last month after multiple allegations of harassment and misconduct surfaced.