This OP is more a reflection on the nature of modern media than the POTUS election specifically so I am putting it here. If a mod feels it needs to be moved go ahead.
Personally (IMO) it seems clear that Donald Trump (or Ted Cruz) are not Presidential timber but here we are with them leading the GOP pack. One of the signature points of Trump’s campaigning is his refusal to apologize or take back anything. The media had gotten so used to missteps like this being the death knell for public figures they thought that each time he said something crude or intolerant or racist it would be his candidacy’s death knell but he keeps gaining strength.
The media whirls it’s arms furiously with each new offense expecting something … an apology, falling on his sword, repudiation by the GOP base, a lightning strike… but nothing happens in terms of his popularity. His posture baffles them because public figures are expected to be cringingly apologetic for the tiniest missteps. Analyzing this phenomena has (it seems) practically become a full time job for confused and frustrated pundits and media personalities.
Is this phenomenon a pushback to the modern offenderati culture where no matter what you say someone will take offense and call for your head? Has modern media, in being offended at almost everything, lost the capacity to be taken seriously when someone really does something obnoxious? Has the modern media in overusing the outrage engine lost it’s moral gravitas and ability to shame? Is the GOP base simply far more deeply racist than anyone dared admit before, and as long as he’s goring the right oxen, regardless of how obnoxiously he goes about it, he’s going to be fine?
What’s happening here?