Transition: The Mainstream Media Does Its Duty—or Not

The mainstream media -- whose biased reporting during the 2016 presidential election will be the subject, one imagines, of numerous books -- is still trying to justify that bias during the transition to the Trump administration.

Two current memes are the sleazy claims of anti-Semitism against Stephen Bannon and the seemingly more serious allegations that said transition, only just over a week old, is badly disorganized and fraught with infighting.

Just one of many examples of the latter is this morning's dispatch from Bloomberg: "The news about key contenders for Cabinet positions in the future Trump administration came after the transition team gave its first detailed update on Wednesday night amid reports of infighting and disorganization."

If you say so.

On a newly instituted daily press phone briefing regarding the transition Thursday morning,  Trump communications advisor Jason Miller and RNC strategist Sean Spicer seemed to me anything but disorganized or indicative of a particularly high degree of infighting, but what I do I know?

For that matter, what does anybody else really know?  Common sense dictates that the types of people who aspire to great power in our (or any) society would be jockeying for positions at a time like this.  That's essentially "dog bites man," but our press is easily willing to abandon such a hoary watchword of reporting for any possible reason to denigrate the man who so deceived them by actually getting elected.

The comic version of all this was the chorus of complaints when Trump snuck out of his Tower without telling the media for dinner with his family at 21. One wag on television insisted the reason this was so dangerous was that no one would know where to find him in case of another 9/11, as if Donald didn't have the most recognizable face of the planet now that Michael Jackson has expired. (The patrons of the restaurant gave him a standing-o on his arrival.) More to the point, Barack Obama is still president in case of a disaster and easily found, one assumes, at the Acropolis or in Peru or somewhere.