The WATBs love to dish it out but they can’t take it.
A loose network of conservative operatives allied with the White House is pursuing what they say will be an aggressive operation to discredit news organizations deemed hostile to President Trump by publicizing damaging information about journalists.
It is the latest step in a long-running effort by Mr. Trump and his allies to undercut the influence of legitimate news reporting. Four people familiar with the operation described how it works, asserting that it has compiled dossiers of potentially embarrassing social media posts and other public statements by hundreds of people who work at some of the country’s most prominent news organizations.
The group has already released information about journalists at CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times — three outlets that have aggressively investigated Mr. Trump — in response to reporting or commentary that the White House’s allies consider unfair to Mr. Trump and his team or harmful to his re-election prospects.
Operatives have closely examined more than a decade’s worth of public posts and statements by journalists, the people familiar with the operation said. Only a fraction of what the network claims to have uncovered has been made public, the people said, with more to be disclosed as the 2020 election heats up. The research is said to extend to members of journalists’ families who are active in politics, as well as liberal activists and other political opponents of the president.
It is not possible to independently assess the claims about the quantity or potential significance of the material the pro-Trump network has assembled. Some involved in the operation have histories of bluster and exaggeration. And those willing to describe its techniques and goals may be trying to intimidate journalists or their employers.
But the material publicized so far, while in some cases stripped of context or presented in misleading ways, has proved authentic, and much of it has been professionally harmful to its targets.
Okay, let’s all take a break until we can compose ourselves. I don’t want anyone to bust a gut laughing. I recommend breathing exercises.
Alright, is everybody back? Good.
The media is butthurt and outraged that some people on the Right are smearing members of the media with umm . . . uh, the truth? What is that old saying about people who live in glass houses?
Here’s my favorite part:
“Two can play at this game,” he said. “The media has long targeted Republicans with deep dives into their social media, looking to caricature all conservatives and Trump voters as racists.”
But using journalistic techniques to target journalists and news organizations as retribution for — or as a warning not to pursue — coverage critical of the president is fundamentally different from the well-established role of the news media in scrutinizing people in positions of power.
“If it’s clearly retaliatory, it’s clearly an attack, it’s clearly not journalism,” said Leonard Downie Jr., who was the executive editor of The Post from 1991 to 2008. Tension between a president and the news media that covers him is nothing new, Mr. Downie added. But an organized, wide-scale political effort to intentionally humiliate journalists and others who work for media outlets is.
“It’s one thing for Spiro Agnew to call everyone in the press ‘nattering nabobs of negativism,’” he said, referring to the former vice president’s famous critique of how journalists covered President Richard M. Nixon. “And another thing to investigate individuals in order to embarrass them publicly and jeopardize their employment.”
Awwww, poor babies. We feel your pain. Should we call your mommies and tell them to bring you all a binky and a woobie? Cuz we sure as hell ain’t gonna kiss your butts to make them feel better. You guys made these rules.
Kurt Schlicter has been saying for years now that the Left is gonna hate the new rules. The new rules they wrote back when they thought they would hold power forever.
We spent eight years with George Bush being a gentleman, taking it, and taking it on our behalf. Now we’ve got someone who throws back when they throw down. I love it. It’s time to get in these people’s faces and say no, you’re not going to treat me with condescension. No. You are not going to insult me. No, I am not going to be treated with disrespect. If these are the new rules, welcome to ’em. That’s how we’re playing the game.
The Left has been playing by these rules for at least ten years. I liked the old rules and the way it used to be but those days may be gone for good. You can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube after you squirt it all over everything.
If we do manage to go back to the old ways of those more genteel days then it will be because the Left agrees to a truce. And they will not agree to a truce until it hurts them too much to keep fighting. And if we can’t go back, then we need to be better at fighting dirty than they are. Mitt Romney demonstrated what happens when you try unilateral disarmament in the face of aggression.