If non-conservative media outlets made a pact to starve Donald Trump of airtime, what would it do to his chances of winning the Republican nomination?
Would blacking him out for the good of the country actually end up being good for the country?
Trump’s dominance of political coverage in 2016 amounted to billions of dollars’ worth of free advertising, overwhelming his opponents. If he were suddenly suffocated by the press and airtime lavished on Ron DeSantis instead, that might tip the balance among undecided primary voters toward the governor. Which would indeed be good for the country—relatively.
But I can see it breaking the other way.