Dear Mainstream Media and Democrats: It's your turn. Now that
You're going to find it a very tough slog. And it's your own damn fault.
During the primaries, the task of exposing the true nature of the Trump takeover fell disproportionately to a few conservative magazines, columnists, renegade radio hosts and behind-the-scenes activists. We all failed. There will be plenty of time for recriminations and "we happy few" speeches later. (If you detect a note of bitterness on my part, I'm not being clear enough: I contain symphonies of bitterness.)
We failed in part because the mainstream media was having too good of a time to help. Last spring, Stop Trump operatives told me they brought damning stories to mainstream outlets. The response was usually: "We're not interested in covering that -- right now."
By May, Trump had already received roughly
Many in the media were so willing to put clicks and ratings before country because the conventional wisdom was that Trump would fade or implode eventually. Why not gawk at the spectacle? And if Trump did get the nomination, many journalists calculated, all the better. What fun it will be to watch
Only slowly has the media come around to the realization that Trump is an actual threat, but now it may be too late because it has a serious "cry wolf" problem. Millions of Americans firmly believe that journalists are water carriers for the Democrats and will tune out much of what they have to say about Trump now that he's the nominee.
You can start the timeline as far back as the World War II era. In 1944,
In recent years, as the distinctions between news and opinion, analysis and advocacy, reporting and click-baiting has blurred, the problem has only gotten worse.
Every election cycle, the
In 2012, pundits said
I have no doubt many journalists would defend their smears and professional failures, but that doesn't change the fact that many Americans outside the mainstream media/Democratic bubble find it all indefensible. More important, they find it all ignorable -- because the race card and the demagogue card have been played and replayed so often they're little more than scraps of lint.
Already, editorial boards are preparing their indictments of what they believe to be