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HAT Forum
Sat April 30th 2016
11 a.m. To 1 pm
519 Church Street Room 304
Topic: “Trump and the Media"
Proposer: Andrew Smith

Trump and the Media

(1)        Trump has received what some people would say is a disproportionate amount of media coverage in relation to the other candidates.[i]  Given this fact, what could be causing the media to give him so much coverage?
            –He brings in the ratings (experience with reality TV)?
            –The media wants to promote his campaign?
            –The media wants to discredit his campaign?

(2)        Survey data of the party affiliations of most reporters in the Unites States shows a preponderance of Democrats to Republicans (28% vs. 7%).[ii]  Why is this?  The parent companies of major media outlets also donate millions of dollars to both Democratic and Republican candidates.[iii]  Given this ideological slant and potential conflict of interest, is it reasonable to worry about systemic bias?


Immigration and Multiculturalism

(3)        Data indicates that there are between 7 and 22 million illegal immigrants presently in the United States, with the overwhelming majority coming from Mexico and other parts of Latin America.[iv]  73 percent of households headed by immigrants (both legal and illegal) from Mexico and Central America use at least one welfare program[v] and overwhelmingly identify as Democrat (by margins of 5:1 over identifying as Republican).[vi]  In contrast, 30 percent of native households use at least one welfare program.[vii]
            In Europe, mass immigration from North Africa, the Middle East, and sub-Saharan Africa is a topic of growing concern for many people.  For example, Sweden now has the highest rate of rapes in the West[viii] and has at least 55 “no-go zones” in the country,[ix] regions where the police are reluctant to venture into.
           
Is mass immigration from non-Western cultures compatible with a democratic welfare state, given the facts above?  What has driven Western governments to adopt policies of mass immigration from non-Western cultures since about the 1960s?[x]

(4)        What is multiculturalism?  What assumptions underlie support or opposition to it?
            Conventional definition:  “the preservation of different cultures or cultural identities within a unified society, as a state or nation.[xi]


The Nature of Modern American Politics

(5)        What are the fundamental differences underlying left-wing and right-wing worldviews?  Are Trump’s policies right wing, left wing, or a mixture?
            Some of Trump’s Major Policies:[xii]
            –Compel the Mexican government to pay for the construction of a wall along the border, in exchange for the continuation of remittance payments, visas, and favorable trade terms (tariffs, etc.).
            –Defunding of sanctuary cities, enhanced enforcement of immigration law, ending of birthright citizenship, pause in green card issuance until native unemployment levels improve.
            –Full repeal of Obamacare, decrease barriers to insurance companies operating across state lines, decrease barriers to sale of foreign prescription drugs, require price transparency for all healthcare providers, individual tax deductions for health insurance premium payments.




[i]. http://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-media-coverage-chart-2016-3
[ii]. The American Journalist in the Digital Age:  Key Findings, by Lars Willnat & David H. Weaver.
[iii]. http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2010/08/news-corps-million-dollar-donation/
[iv]. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illegal_immigrant_population_of_the_United_States
[v]. http://cis.org/Welfare-Use-Immigrant-Native-Households
[vi]. http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/07/22/are-unauthorized-immigrants-overwhelmingly-democrats/
[vii]. http://cis.org/Welfare-Use-Immigrant-Native-Households
[viii]. http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/5195/sweden-rape
[ix]. https://swedenreport.org/2014/10/29/swedish-police-55-official-no-go-zones/,  https://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2014/11/07/at-least-55-islamic-no-go-zones-in-sweden/
[x]. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_and_Nationality_Act_of_1965
[xi]. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/multiculturalism
[xii]. https://www.donaldjtrump.com/positions

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