When it becomes such a side show distraction from the hard work of encouraging localized ground game politics leading up to an election, yes.
I’ve written this elsewhere on the forum, but I happen to live in Pennsylvania where Hillary lost by less than one percent. I know dozens of people who obsessed on this election via social media about Trump, reposting all the jokes and memes. They truly believed they were doing their duty standing up against what was horrible.
And yet, I know nobody who actually volunteered for the democrat party or do anything tangible to help her win. Everybody was convinced a win was inevitable, and that they didn’t have to do anything.
No signs. No calls. No door knocking. No polling.
Media can easily be exploited by demagogs. With the margins of the loss so thin, it was sad to witness the lack of community based political organizing occur against the rise of a sarcastic but powerless left. The election was completely winnable, despite the bullshit, if more of us had put our money where our mouth was.
To me, this is a scandal.