January 3, 2018

THE SMUG, SELF-RIGHTEOUS SANCTIMONY COMING FROM TRUMP’S CRITICS IS TRUMP’S BIGGEST TOOL: Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein decry media’s ‘smugness’ and ‘self-righteousness’ toward Trump.

Veteran journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein hit the news media Sunday for adopting an unnecessarily hostile “tone” in their coverage of the White House.

Appearing Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” the two longtime reporters said there should be less pettiness and outrage in the media when it comes to President Trump. . . .

“The tone is a big issue here,” added Woodward. “In lots of reporting, particularly on television commentary, there’s a kind of self-righteousness and smugness and people kind of ridiculing the president. When we reported on Nixon, it was obviously a very different era but we did not adopt a tone of ridicule. The tone was, what are the facts?”

The Educated Class’s emphasis on intra-class virtue signaling — which is what all this smugness and ridicule is about — undermines every institution it controls. And it lacks the self-awareness and self-control to do anything about that.

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