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The agony of the punditry


By Don Todd

Liberal bias in the legacy media is certainly nothing new or unremarked upon. What is new is the hysterical tenor the media has taken on regarding Donald J. Trump. The subtle shiv that used to be ideological weapon of choice has been replace the jack hammer and rhetorical air raid sirens.

In a way this is encouraging.  It is as if they know they are losing the argument and rather than refining their points they are getting red in the face and pounding the table.  To news consuming voters this is I believe off putting. It is like walking in on a heated argument between a husband and wife, all you want to do is get out of the room.

As an example of the phenomena what is listed below are five articles that were live on the Washington Post’s web site in just one day.

“Trump’s special version of Jim Crow — for Muslims” – By Eugene Robinson, June 20.

“Donald Trump apparently wants to institute something akin to Jim Crow discrimination against Muslims, including those who are citizens of the United States. Is this what the Republican Party wants as well?

“What’s your opinion about legalized religious bigotry, House Speaker Paul Ryan (Wis.)? How about you, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.)? Do Republican quislings agree with the man they have endorsed for president? They should never again speak of the hallowed traditions of the Party of Lincoln, because those ideals are being spit upon by the presumptive nominee. The GOP is now the Party of Trump.”

“A delegate revolt has become Republicans’ only option” – Mike Gerson, June 20.

“If a revolt emerges, it will happen first in the GOP convention rules committee — which meets a week before the convention and is stacked with officials more loyal to the party than to Trump. The simplest move would be to require a supermajority to select a nominee — an approach taken by some Republican state conventions in order to avoid the choice of badly wounded candidates. The goal should be a truly open convention, which does not choose anyone Trump has already beaten.”

“The Post’s View: Who ‘looks like’ a terrorist in America?”Washington Post, June 20.  “Mr. Trump’s thinking is not just poisonous in a pluralistic society, but also pointlessly and counterproductively so.”

“New anti-Trump movement grows to include hundreds of GOP delegates” Washington Post, June 21.

“Organizers concede their plan could worsen internal party strife, but believe they are responding to deep-rooted concerns among conservatives.”

“Stephen Colbert’s brutal takedown of Donald Trump includes a swastika” By Aron Blake, June 15.

A review of other headlines on Post columnists recent columns also point out their obsession.

Dana Milbank:

“Trump’s Potemkin village”

“The right response to Donald Trump? A media blackout.”

“Trump exploits Orlando’s tragedy to smear Muslims and Obama”

“Everywhere Paul Ryan turns, there’s the smell of Trump”

“Republicans finally discover that Trump is an actual racist”

Eugene Robinson:

“The challenges in covering Trump’s relentless assault on the truth”

“You can’t be for and against Trump”

“Endorsing Trump will leave a mark”

“Trump refutes Trump”

“The GOP now belongs to Trump. What are Republicans going to do about it?”

“It may be too late for the GOP to stop Trump”

George Will:

“The ‘big price’ Paul Ryan has paid for supporting Donald Trump”

“Who will follow Trump off the cliff?”

“If Trump is nominated, the GOP must keep him out of the White House”

“Do Republicans really think Donald Trump will make a good Supreme Court choice?”

“Donald Trump relishes wrecking the GOP”

That is just a sample from one newspaper.  I am not even going to bother with the opinion pieces masquerading as news stories and there were plenty of them.  And still the Presidential race is neck and neck.  That may be what is bothering them.  No one is listening to them.

Don Todd is Director of Research at Americans for Limited Government.

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