As we are about to begin Year Two of the Trump era in Washington, there are a lot of things to like from year one. Tax reform. Gutting regulations. A return of presidential respect and support for law enforcement.
The most entertaining aspect to this presidency as far as I am concerned is the way that President Trump keeps the media in a near permanent state of apoplexy. The beauty of watching it all from this side of the aisle is enjoying the casual ease with which he leads them around by their noses all the while they keep reassuring themselves that they’re the smart ones and are really fighting the power.
The examples of this are so numerous they could be dealt with in lengthy book or a miniseries, so we will just focus on one media outlet here: The New York Times. More specifically, the Grey Lady’s Opinion section.
It is no secret to any non-liberal reader of the Times that the Opinion section has long been the section of the paper, and now the website, that is most likely to go off the deep end at any moment. Featuring a parade of contributors who are so far left that many of them have probably never even met a moderate Democrat, the Opinion section isn’t handling President Trump’s continued success very well.
In the past, I would only check out this section when I needed a quick idea for a media bias post. It rarely failed to deliver. Many argue with me that it isn’t bias if it is in the Opinion section, but then I dare them to prove how the op-ed pieces are any different from the front page.
On Monday, this passed through my Twitter list devoted to watching print media:
Scientists take evidence seriously, so @PaulKrugman says it's no wonder that politically conservative college professors are scare in physics and biology departments https://t.co/vV1VO8GFvu
— NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) January 16, 2018
The typo isn’t uncommon for the Times. Despite the paper’s boasts about success since Trump was inaugurated, they still fired a bunch of editors last summer.
As we move closer to the midterm elections, the constant railing against President Trump is slowly moving towards any kind of Republican bashing that they can think of. All of it is desperate and juvenile though. This Krugman piece features a Nobel Laureate basically engaging in a rote talking point playground taunt.
Republicans don’t believe in science and are too stupid to teach-get it?
The Opinion page gives a voice to this kind of “Why won’t everyone hate them as much as we do????” flailing every day. A couple of recent column headlines are “Will America Choose King’s Dream or Trump’s Nightmare” and “Trump Is a Racist, Period”.
While these may be Opinion column headlines they are also featured in the upper right quadrant of the home page on the Times‘ website.
During the big liberal “Is he crazy?” nonsense recently, nearly every tweet from the Opinion account read like a chronically drunk, recently divorced woman screaming about her ex as she was removed from a bar.
The amount of schadenfreude to revel in seeing their pain is never ending. They have barely dealt with the fact that Hillary lost. Then they needed grief counseling when they found out that they couldn’t wave a magic impeachment wand to get rid of the president and install Her Madameship in the Oval Office.
Now, deep down inside, it appears that they know they aren’t winning over any hearts and minds and that Americans who have just spent a year watching their 401K accounts balloon don’t feel like they are part of “Trump’s Nightmare” at all.
They know that none of this is going their way and they lash out more and more.
And it is so much fun to watch I may cancel my cable subscription.