The Unbearable Smugness of the Press

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    ‘The mood in the Washington press corps is bleak, and deservedly so. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that, with a few exceptions, we were all tacitly or explicitly #WithHer, which has led to a certain anguish in the face of Donald Trump’s victory. More than that and more importantly, we also missed the story, after having spent months mocking the people who had a better sense of what was going on.

    This is all symptomatic of modern journalism’s great moral and intellectual failing: its unbearable smugness. Had Hillary Clinton won, there’s be a winking “we did it” feeling in the press, a sense that we were brave and called Trump a liar and saved the republic…’

    ‘…Journalists increasingly don’t even believe in the possibility of reasoned disagreement, and as such ascribe cynical motives to those who think about things a different way. We see this in the ongoing veneration of “facts,” the ones peddled by explainer websites and data journalists who believe themselves to be curiously post-ideological.

    That the explainers and data journalists so frequently get things hilariously wrong never invites the soul-searching you’d think it would. Instead, it all just somehow leads us to more smugness, more meanness, more certainty from the reporters and pundits. Faced with defeat, we retreat further into our bubble, assumptions left unchecked. No, it’s the voters who are wrong.

    As a direct result, we get it wrong with greater frequency. Out on the road, we forget to ask the right questions. We can’t even imagine the right question. We go into assignments too certain that what we find will serve to justify our biases. The public’s estimation of the press declines even further — fewer than one-in-three Americans trust the press, per Gallup — which starts the cycle anew…’

    Andy Brown

    Say something about your post, Herb, since without a comment all you have done is post yesterday’s news.

    Andy Brown

    So, Herb, you don’t believe in a free press? Aren’t you experienced to know and understand that the media, owned and operated by conservative business interests that try very hard to appeal to progressive consumers like most of us as well as backward thinking neanderthals like you, bacon and dork doesn’t always get it right?

    I thought not.


    Hey Herb, have you had any foreclosure notices mailed to you lately. LOL.


    Your preferred candidate won, Herb. Why do you insist on wearing your tin foil hat?

    Andy Brown

    Herb did not before nor does he now have a clue.


    Because of smugness the liberal media and the political elite believed this, to their own peril:

    La-La-La-La! Lo-Lo-Lo-Lo!


    Which GOP do you think survived, Bacon?

    Andy Brown

    Bacon has turned off his hearing aids and isn’t wearing his bifocals. He’s too busy playing out his long time fantasy about finally getting something correct on pdxradio. His gloating aside, the traditional Republican Party is now officially dead. In its place is a conglomeration of misplaced and displaced politicians that are trying to move TD towards the right, a place he has never been really comfortable with but has embraced in order to win. That element within his ‘team’ (and I use the word team loosely as Republicans are reluctant team players unless their pockets are being lined) is fervently trying to rewrite his web sites and goad the press into fantasy headlines about the future of this and the future of that.

    Donald Trump has completed the gutting of a principled Republican party that began in the Bush years. It will be difficult for TD to totally shed his crony capitalist underpinnings and his big challenge is controlling a power hungry GOP that isn’t interested in deal making or the fact that the majority of voting Americans did not support Trump.


    ‘…the traditional Republican Party is now officially dead.’

    Nice try.

    Biggest Republican win since 1928. Republicans control:

    – Senate
    – House
    – Majority of State Governorships
    – Supreme Court Nominations
    – Presidency

    Voters saw past leftist handwringing, whether it came from the liberal media in league with Hillary, or prattling politicos, now eating their words.

    Whether some Republicans are traditional or not (whatever that’s supposed to mean), such devastating Democrat losses highlight how little Americans trust them. They had eight years and blew it, big-time.

    Fact is, the Republican party is invigorated as never before. All the proof you need is the meltdown of so-called ‘progressives.’ But it gets better:

    Barrycare will soon be dismantled.
    Before long, it will be ‘Drill, baby, drill.’
    Scammed Parenthood will continue to be exposed.
    Second Amendment rights are also much safer.

    In fact, let’s look at the implosion of the left, since Democrats no longer trust Democrats:

    The Blame Game Begins – And Debbie Wasserman Schultz Goes First

    Good luck with your rants against Republicans. For unless you happen to run into one of the paid thugs around Portland, LA or New York, you’re likely to be more in the minority as never before.

    Andy Brown

    I guess that explains why the popular vote went to Clinton.


    Biggest win for the GOP since 1928? So that makes Trump our generation’s Hoover? You might be on to something there, Herb. You stay true to your party, and I’ll start buying gold and silver and getting ready to vote for our generation’s FDR in four years.


    The man isn’t even in office yet and you predict his administration’s demise. That’s about as American as paid rioters.

    Your kind of echo chamber thinking is what got President Trump into office.

    Get out of your Portland area bubble, for your own sake.

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