THE media wants a member of the public to kill Donald Trump.
That’s the view of a growing number of commentators, who have sounded warnings about the increasingly dangerous tone to media reporting around the Republican presidential hopeful.
In a lengthy blog post, Scott Adams, the creator of the popular Dilbert comic strip, has slammed the media for “priming the public to try to kill Trump”, likening the conduct to the death of Princess Diana in 1997.
The author recalled how a mere three months earlier, in his book The Dilbert Future, he predicted: “In the future, the media will kill famous people to generate news that people will care about.”
Fast-forward to today and “we see the media priming the public to try to kill Trump, or at least create some photogenic mayhem at a public event,” he writes.
“Again, no one is sitting in a room plotting Trump’s death, but — let’s be honest — at least half of the media believes Trump is the next Hitler, and a Hitler assassination would be morally justified.
“Also great for ratings. The media would not be charged with any crime for triggering some nut to act. There would be no smoking gun. No guilt. No repercussions. Just better ratings and bonuses all around.
“In the 2D world of reason, no one in the media consciously wants a candidate for president to be injured, and no one is consciously acting in a way that would make it happen.
“But in the 3D world of persuasion, society has decided to lance the wart that is Trump. Collectively — the media, the public, and the other candidates — are creating a situation that is deeply dangerous for Trump.”