The Unbearable Smugness Of The Press [Op-Ed]

Submitted by: dromed 11 months ago in News & Politics
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By: Will Rahn, CBS News

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’d 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.

So much for that. The audience for our glib analysis and contempt for much of the electorate, it turned out, was rather limited. This was particularly true when it came to voters, the ones who turned out by the millions to deliver not only a rebuke to the political system but also the people who cover it. Trump knew what he was doingwhen he invited his crowds to jeer and hiss the reporters covering him. They hate us, and have for some time.

And can you blame them? Journalists love mocking Trump supporters. We insult their appearances. We dismiss them as racists and sexists. We emote on Twitter about how this or that comment or policy makes us feel one way or the other, and yet we reject their feelings as invalid.

It’s a profound failure of empathy in the service of endless posturing. There’s been some sympathy from the press, sure: the dispatches from “heroin country” that read like reports from colonial administrators checking in on the natives. But much of that starts from the assumption that Trump voters are backward, and that it’s our duty to catalogue and ultimately reverse that backwardness. What can we do to get these people to stop worshiping their false god and accept our gospel?

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There are 13 comments:
Male 4,953
It's a really good essay. I wish all Hillary Clinton supporters (including those in my own family) would read it.
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Male 1,018
Oh republicans and their ever strong persecution complex. You really think this election is about you, don't you? It doesn't look like he's going to win the popular vote (or at least not by much) and Obama's approval rating according to Gallup is nearing 60%. Should make you wonder wtf is going on at some level. I'm betting you're not going to be so happy about it in the end.
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Male 1,347
See, even here you just can't let it go and have to cover your butt with "or at least not by much" . I will agree that the electoral college is not the way to go but it is the law of the land, so get over it. He's our president for the next four years and we need to make what we can of it. I'm a Ben Carson guy but between him and her that we had to vote for, it had to be Trump. In SC we cannot write in the presidential choice and must vote the ballot otherwise Ben would have gotten another vote.
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Male 1,018
It doesn't matter if he wins the popular vote. It is by the slimmest margin if he does. With Obama's approval rating where it is and that fact, you people should have more questions than why the media took a stand against the absurd shit he was spouting pre vote. Such as why the nearly complete shift in policies in the first week. Did you even know what you were voting for?
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Male 7,943
The "Media" as an institution is like all things in this country profit motivated. They aren't Liberal/Conservative. When you are profit motive instead of fact motivated you'll get a media that misreports news and information in favor of whatever makes money.
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Male 5,476
Wow, is the mainstream media ever whiny! Perhaps they should have decided to "report" rather than attempting "social engineering" to tune the election results into whatever delusion they were drinking (or trying to push). What's worse is that some people on this very site were drinking their delusion too, mocking the supporters as if that the media doing it meant it was normal to mock their fellow country folk. Now the media realizes it was wrong? Serves ya right, and looks good on ya!
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Male 2,694
Thank you fancy. We don't agree but you have the balls to let it ride. Respect.
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Male 20,920
It's a well-written article in that the writer made some valid points -- the liberal and democrat press underestimated everything and to be honest, I don't think the conservative press thought things would go so well for Trump. Republicans can now say, "Of course Trump was going to win," but if they're being honest, even they thought this would never happen. Did you see that photo of Trump surrounded by his team during election night when his numbers were coming in and he was on top? Did you see the photos of him meeting Obama in the Oval Office and touring the White House? Even he looks shell-shocked. The good thing about Trump winning, I hope, is that America has been shaken awake. Of the 241 million registered American voters, 51 to 52 percent of them voted, and that's drop of a few percentage points from the 2012 election. Maybe next election, because of everything that's taken place over the last week, America gets voting numbers up to 60 percent, maybe even 75 percent (although it should be in the 90s).
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Male 40,772
Several conservative blogs did NOT like Trump at all! Some even went 'turncoat' and said it was OK to support Hillary, good ghod! Fortunately most of them agreed that Trump's #1 qualification was: he's not Hillary. That alone means he should be President. >>> There is actually a split in the Republican Party now, even though the MSM has been saying that for 30 years! It's a Boy/Wolf situation now eh? Who can believe a word the MSM says any longer? >>> Some sites were reporting how 'MSM polls' were simply not agreeing with the large polling companies results. There were lots of polls that were heavily 'skewed' by the MSM and that has to be on purpose. Of course the only poll that matters is the Vote! And the people who actually appoint the President, as the system says.
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Male 2,694
Agreed...america needs to get out and vote. Numbers this time were pathetic. I vote about the same time every year...7:30-8AM. There is usually a short line...15 minutes or so. This year...2 people. Same thing for the wife. Usually votes around 6PM...this year...nobody in front. I'm surprised the poll workers were not shooting basket balls because they were board. But with Trump and Hillary, who could get excited about that? If not for a third party I might have stayed home too and I have never missed an opportunity to vote in my life!
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Male 1,687
Thank god that naked thing is just a metaphor.
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Male 40,772
I was going to submit this, it's pretty much the same topic Trump Win Exposes The MSM's Smug Failure And Michael Wolf admits that he himself is a liberal media person... who also got it all wrong, while smugly ignoring the reality around himself.
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Male 40,772
Absolutely factual. They all praised the Empress's New Clothes and not one dared say that she was naked. Her hate, rage, corruption and grotesque greed was there for all to see. CNN went from moving towards 'the center' to all-in for Hillary, now they are scrambling to blame someone ANYONE else for their stupidity. So on top of the endless 'hate Trump' the MSM will vomit forth for the next 8 years? They'll be busy trying to blame someone else for their own mistakes, or re-writing history and pretending they knew Hillary was naked all along... :-|
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