The Boo Hoo Brigades of #NeverTrumpers really need to get over their collective butthurt and let it go.
In the effort to explain the rise of Donald Trump, many on the right and the left alike have cast blame upon the political press. Questions for Trump have been soft, the interviewers have been malleable, and they have allowed the celebrity more leeway and coverage than any other figure would receive. In Politico Magazine, former CNN anchor Campbell Brown quotes former colleagues who sound near suicidal over the sacrifices they’ve made to the petty deity Ratings. She makes a careful distinction, however, when she listed a few reporters, radio hosts, and media outlets that have refused to allow Trump to weasel out of a line of questioning. These stalwarts are, however, outnumbered. The incentive structure has changed. Whereas conservative news-talk entertainment was once righteously disdainful of authority, when it comes to Trump, much of it is today a courtier for it. Further, the success of the business of politics as entertainment has led many revenue-hungry traditional media outlets to adopt its worst excesses.
As Brown reported, media executives who have surrendered their networks to an all-Trump programming lineup know he “could destroy the country” if he were to win. A few are quite open about the Hobbesian choice they’ve made. The calculation for conservative media hosts who have courted and covered for Trump all these months is not dissimilar. They believe that Hillary Clinton would be an equally destructive as chief executive. The necessity of winning outweighs all other considerations. More cynical observers have suggested that conservative media has a financial incentive in serving as an opposition voice to a Democratic president, and therefore they prefer the least viable GOP candidate. I have had the fortune in my life of meeting many of these hosts and their staff, and that claim strikes me as baseless. These are honest people with a sincere belief that nothing could be worse than a Clinton presidency – even a Trump administration.
Those on the anti-Trump right who believe that media is to blame for the reality star’s rise should have that notion disabused by the speed at which the conservative movement’s institutions – its lobbyists, its elected representatives, its think tanks, its political professionals – raced to embrace Trump well before the primary was over. The edifice was a weak one. It is a movement that had lost its confidence in itself and its mission. It allowed itself to be hijacked. Television and radio hosts aren’t to blame for the present state of affairs. To do so is to deflect blame away from those in Washington whose only interest is in the preservation of power and influence. Conservative media was supposed to be different, but it has become the thing it for so long despised.
What a load of crap!
Seriously, you gotta read the whole thing to appreciate what a yuuge load of crap Noah is dumping.
Let’s start with the notion that anyone is to “blame” for Donald Trump’s success. This implies that Trump is bad. There are millions of voters out there who disagree.
Then there is the idea that the media (conservative and/or lamestream) had some kind of duty to stop Trump. To the extent that the media has a duty to the American people it is to present the news; factually, accurately and in an unbiased manner. They have been derelict in that regard since Guttenberg invented the printing press.
Donald Trump has received tons of negative media attention. It has rolled off his back like water off a duck’s ass.
The GOPe went all-in to stop Trump. When Jeb ran out of low energy they frantically pushed Lil’ Marco into his place. When that didn’t work they tried to unite behind Ted Cruz. Donald Trump won the GOP nomination fair and square.
Get over it.
To paraphrase Internet Badass Dave Sirota,
To NeverTrumpers, just STFU and slither back to your rathole of bitterness. Your candidate lost because he helped create the problems we now have to fix. Deal with that and become a productive member of society, or again, just STFU.