Republican Convention: Crowd Roars as Speakers Bash Media

Next to hammering Hillary Clinton, speakers at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night got some of the biggest responses from the crowd by bashing the media.

Radio talk show host Laura Ingraham got the delegates fired up with a speech that eviscerated the Democratic candidate. And then she had a message for the journalists in the room.

“And to all my friends in the press, you all know why in your heart Donald Trump won the Republican nomination. You know why he won it? Because he dared to call out the phonies, the frauds, and the corruption that has gone uncovered for too long,” she said, before adding with an angry finger-wag: “Do your job!”

Among the other jabs at the Fourth Estate:

  • Former presidential candidate Ted Cruz spoke about the Republican party’s history of ending slavery and fighting Jim Crow laws, “although the media will never share it with you.”
  • Newt Gingrich spoke about the threat from radical Islamists. He made a point of stressing that he was not accusing all Muslims of being terrorists. “I know the media will do their best to distort this,” he snickered.
  • Later in his speech, Gingrich urged the crowd to have faith in the power of conservative ideals to ensure America’s security in a dangerous world. “Ignore the lies of the news media and the old order,” he said.
  • Vice presidential candidate Mike Pence stressed that Democrats and the media have consistently underestimated the appeal of Trump’s candidacy. “They all keep telling each other the usual methods will work against him. They think they’ve done him in until they wake up the next morning to find that Donald Trump is still standing and running stronger than ever,” he said. “The man just doesn’t give up.”
  • Later in his speech Pence referenced Bernie Sanders’ primary fight with Clinton and “the Clinton machine.” He and Trump are prepared for a bare-knuckle brawl until Election Day on Nov. 8. “She’ll still have the press doing half her work for her, too,” he said.

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