It’s become readily obvious that the American news industry learned absolutely nothing from the 2016 election. Even after swearing they would change – that they would pay less attention to their own bubble and more attention to that wide swath of the United States between Manhattan and Berkeley, California – they immediately resumed Attack Trump Mode after the election. Indeed, the coverage of President Trump is, if anything, even worse and less factual and charitable than the coverage of candidate Trump. More astonishingly, the major newspapers of America still believe that their opinion on politics…actually matters!
“Pity liberal editorial writers,” said Tim Murtaugh, Trump campaign communications director. “They have never recovered from Election Day 2016.”
That much is true, but Murtaugh’s assessment doesn’t even get to the bottom of the news industry’s delusions.
“The Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the New York Times, the New York Daily News, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and USA Today have all called for Trump to be impeached based on the articles,” reports the Washington Examiner.
The Times said that Trump had committed a “textbook example of an impeachment offense.”
“We’ve seen enough,” concluded the Los Angeles Times. “This sort of misconduct is outrageous and corrosive of democracy.”
“There may be no single, smoking gun, but there’s ample acrid black stuff rising from the White House,” said the New York Daily News editorial board.
It’s not that these editorials were written that makes us laugh. It’s not even that they are uniformly and predictably for impeachment. It’s that everyone is slapping everyone else on the back and congratulating themselves on this nationwide editorial collusion as if it will actually amount to a hill of beans. This is what tickles our funny bone. Don’t these writers remember 2016? Don’t they remember when every newspaper in the country (practically) endorsed Hillary Clinton for president? Don’t they remember how Trump’s voters (aka, the electorate) looked at this monolithic opposition and…shrugged?
But why should we be surprised? This is the exact delusion that has governed media coverage of politics for the last three years. There’s this weird, inexplicable idea that as long as the coverage of Trump is extreme enough, emphatic enough, and angry enough, it will start to make a difference. As if readers will say, “Damn, he must be really bad to inspire all of this bile!”
Instead of, you know, just calmly canceling their subscriptions.