Last night, I received several messages from friends telling me how much they were enjoying the liberal media freak out over Trump’s impending victory. My focus was on gathering information, rather than watching reactions, and posting it on Power Line. So I missed the freak out.
Making up for lost time, today I’m enjoying (for the first time in memory) reading liberal columns on the Washington Post’s op-ed page. E.J. Dionne isn’t subtle. The title of his piece is “Where white male voters took America.”
Dionne isn’t original either. After the Dems took a beating in 1994, the late Peter Jennings reported that “America threw a temper tantrum.” Dionne parrots this astonishingly juvenile line: “What the polls suggested was that a large number of Americans were prepared to throw a fit, regardless of the consequences.”
Pollster: “Are you prepared to throw a fit regardless of the consequences?”
Respondent: “You’re goddam right, I am.”
Dana Milbank isn’t subtle either. But give him credit; he’s from the “never let them see you sweat” school.
Milbank maintains his jaunty reporter behind enemy lines approach to left-wing journalism, as he serves up scenes from the Trump victory party.
There’s not much in it, but Milbank does provide this intriguing tidbit:
Sarah Palin, led in through the back door, paused to taunt a reporter.
Unfortunately, Milbank wasn’t specific as to the taunt or the reporter. What’s the use of having a fly on the wall if he leaves out the juicy bits?
Katrina Vanden Heuvel blames the media for presenting “a rampant false equivalency between Trump and Clinton [and] the parties that nominated them.” She insists that “we act to revive an accountability-centered media that doesn’t value profits over the public interest.”
Clearly, she wants a state controlled media that portrays the GOP and the candidates it nominates as illegitimate. Reading the Washington Post these past months, I sense that we’re half way there.
I look forward to hearing from Jennifer Rubin, Mike Gerson, and above all Eugene Robinson.