November 10, 2016

“COMMENTARY: THE UNBEARABLE SMUGNESS OF THE PRESS,” as diagnosed by Will Rahn, who came to CBS News via the Daily Caller:

So much for that. The audience for our glib analysis and contempt for much of the electorate, it turned out, was rather limited. This was particularly true when it came to voters, the ones who turned out by the millions to deliver not only a rebuke to the political system but also the people who cover it. Trump knew what he was doing when he invited his crowds to jeer and hiss the reporters covering him. They hate us, and have for some time.

And can you blame them? Journalists love mocking Trump supporters. We insult their appearances. We dismiss them as racists and sexists. We emote on Twitter about how this or that comment or policy makes us feel one way or the other, and yet we reject their feelings as invalid.

It’s a profound failure of empathy in the service of endless posturing. There’s been some sympathy from the press, sure: the dispatches from “heroin country” that read like reports from colonial administrators checking in on the natives. But much of that starts from the assumption that Trump voters are backward, and that it’s our duty to catalogue and ultimately reverse that backwardness. What can we do to get these people to stop worshiping their false god and accept our gospel?

We diagnose them as racists in the way Dark Age clerics confused medical problems with demonic possession. Journalists, at our worst, see ourselves as a priestly caste. We believe we not only have access to the indisputable facts, but also a greater truth, a system of beliefs divined from an advanced understanding of justice.

As Rahn writes (and it’s astonishing his article got published by a news division whose president is the brother of Obama’s disastrous middle eastern guru Ben Rhodes),  “The mood in the Washington press corps is bleak, and deservedly so.”

How bleak? This was a tweet CBS published, and then deleted yesterday:

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Found via Kate of Small Dead Animals, who has video of Milo Yiannopoulos surveying the departed lifeboats from the MSM’s Titanic as Trump was accepting his victory early Wednesday morning.

UPDATE: And again: No, THIS is deplorable: Mother Jones’ Clara Jeffery compares Trump’s win to 9/11.

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