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Has The Media Become Comfortably Numb To Donald Trump?

A damning story of Trump pay-to-play resurfaces, but Clinton supporters still think the media is too harsh on her.

So, that happened. This week, The Huffington Post added new reporting to an old story ― namely, the curious way that Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi halted an effort to investigate the claims of those who believed they’d been defrauded by Trump University after that “university’s” namesake sent a little bit of payola her way. It’s a hard, harsh read ― and deservedly so.

It also breaks into the news cycle during a week when another war was newly enjoined over how the media has treated both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Is Clinton getting “Gored”? Or is there an “unrelenting” effort underway to “delegitimize all negative reporting” about the former secretary of state? Maybe the media is just fundamentally “out of whack”?

On this week’s podcast, we’re turning the harsh lens on ourselves to see if the problem isn’t simply that we’ve become so inured to Trump’s antics that they don’t register anymore. Joining us in this effort is MTV News’ Ana Marie Cox.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump walks in the rain with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, as he arrives at
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump walks in the rain with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, as he arrives at a campaign rally in Tampa on Aug. 24.

Elsewhere on this week’s podcast, we breakdown the latest (in)action undertaken by a Congress charged with helping to fund the ongoing battle against the Zika virus. Plus, we revisit HuffPost’s July story over the number of people who have died in America’s jails one year after the well-publicized death of Sandra Bland ― and bring fresh concerns along with the coverage.

“So, That Happened” is hosted by Jason Linkins, Zach Carter and Arthur Delaney. Joining them this week: MTV News’ Ana Marie Cox, as well as Huffington Post reporters Mike McAuliff and Ryan Reilly. 

This podcast was produced, edited and engineered by Christine Conetta.

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Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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