It is a contentious election year.
The debate over the most important topics of the day, including the health of the economy, the role of government and the role and future of the Federal Reserve, are often heated.
But as much as anything, these debates are about what people want to hear.
When it comes to the media, the debates are often framed by partisans and polarized by political interests.
“The media’s job is to make sure people have a voice,” says Chris Matthews, who hosts MSNBC’s “Hardball” and hosts the weekly “Hard Ticket” show on MSNBC.
“That means telling the truth, which is the most consequential thing that can happen in the short term.
If you’re going to tell the truth and you’re trying to do it in a fair way, that’s the most valuable thing that you can do.
But if you’re not going to do that, then you’re just going to get your information from a biased source.”
In the 2016 election, for instance, Democrats took advantage of the media’s perception of President Donald Trump and his campaign to raise money from wealthy people, including Trump’s daughter Ivanka, and a few Republican billionaires who were also active in his campaign.
Democrats also focused on the fact that the Republican National Committee paid for television ads that targeted women, and that Republican Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina paid to appear on “Meet the Press.”
In that case, the DNC and Republican National Committees had a conflict of interest because they were not giving the candidates a platform to talk about their policies.
In contrast, Democrats focused on issues that they felt were more relevant to voters, such as the economy and the need to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
“If you’re focused on what you think the public wants, and you don’t take the most relevant issue, you’re less effective at telling the people what they need to know,” Matthews said.
“And if you don.t take the issue, then there’s no way to get them to see the issues.
And there’s not a way to sell the issues that you’re selling.
So, that is a major problem.”
In 2016, the Democratic nominee for president, Hillary Clinton, received a total of $17 million from the media for her campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
That was more than any other Democrat in history, including Vice President Joe Biden, who received $14.4 million in 2016.
The 2016 campaign also included a lot of negative coverage of Trump, including stories like the one from The New York Times in January about a lawsuit against Trump University, and the story from The Washington Post in June about the school’s claims of fraud.
But the media also covered Clinton and other Democrats, and did so in ways that made it seem as if Trump was the villain.
That made it appear as though the election was about Trump and not about the issues he was running on, as well as the issues on which Clinton and others supported him.
In the early months of 2016, for example, the media focused heavily on Trump’s response to the deadly shooting in Las Vegas, and it also used Trump as a character, using him to make fun of his personality and exaggerate the threat he posed to the country.
As a result, Trump’s negative coverage helped him win the election.
“He’s been on the air for 20 minutes and he’s saying, ‘This is crazy, this is a hoax,'” Matthews said of Trump.
“It was not that he wasn’t trying to have a good time, but he was doing it in an incredibly negative way.
That has become part of the political playbook that’s become standard for Trump.”
The Clinton campaign spent hundreds of millions of dollars to run negative advertisements in battleground states, and even during the general election, it focused on attacks on Trump, his policies, his family, and his business.
“She had to take this to the extreme, because she was the only one on the ballot that could actually win, so they knew they were going to have to do the most effective advertising and get the most negative messages out there,” said Matt Lewis, who directs the Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at New York University.
“They really went after him as a villain.”
But as Trump gained support, the coverage of him also increased, even as the coverage on Clinton increased.
The focus on Trump and the media is not limited to Democrats, of course.
There are Republicans who argue that they have a right to free speech, while other Republicans argue that the media has a right, too.
But when it comes down to it, the difference between what they do and what the media does is very different, Lewis said.
In this election, the debate over whether the media should be allowed to have free speech is a question of whether they are actually representing the views of the American people.
“In terms of the First Amendment, it’s about what you say, what you do,