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He gets it, he really gets it!

Better sit down for this one.

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.

Gee, fancy that. And, seeing all that, you’ve all doubled down on the exact same smug assumption of superiority that got you Trump in the first place. Just wait till you guys see what THAT gets ya. I promise you won’t like it.

You’ll want to read all of this one. The denouement? This:

Our theme now should be humility. We must become more impartial, not less so. We have to abandon our easy culture of tantrums and recrimination. We have to stop writing these know-it-all, 140-character sermons on social media and admit that, as a class, journalists have a shamefully limited understanding of the country we cover.

What’s worse, we don’t make much of an effort to really understand, and with too few exceptions, treat the economic grievances of Middle America like they’re some sort of punchline.

Hard to believe that any of these precious, smarmy little schmucks are capable of this much honesty and sincere introspection, but, well, there it is. Hats off to the guy for that, at least.

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6 thoughts on “He gets it, he really gets it!

  1. Not sure if this guy really means it, but even if he does, he will have zero impact on others in the field.

    To even get a job in today’s half-staffed, social-justice-obsessed, “make a difference” journalism industry, lack of humility is a job requirement. Anyone who thinks at age 22 that they are ready to “change the world” and overturn millennia of social custom with only good effects does not, by definition, have any humility.

    For the vast bulk of them, acquiring humility would mean turning their back on a lifetime of bossiness, and they are not psychologically capable of it. Look at Krugman, Press, Dionne, and the rest of those who are superannuated and been wrong more times to count, yet are still telling us what to think with no introspection of their failures whatsoever. Those are the models for young journalists – never apologize, always rationalize, the left is always right, the right is always villainous, and people outside the political class are stupid.

    They are still constructing their rationalizations for this latest defeat, but I have complete confidence that they will arrive at some that allow themselves to feel smart and good, and letting them continue to think that anyone who doesn’t agree with them is an idiot.

  2. One. That’s good. There is hope when there is one. Thanks so much for sharing this. (I think this is my first comment here. I found your blog, along with those of Bill Quick, Vox Day, King Jester and a few others when I erased the NeverTrump sites and went looking for intelligent writing.)

    Will Rahn has written a fine article. One that suggests he might have known for a while. The vast number of wary comments at the site – just like here – should be another revelation for him. For the entire rest of his career, if we are fortunate, he’ll face this kind of skepticism. Welcome to the bright side, Mr Rahn. We may not trust you, but you will always know where you stand with us, and that is worth a whole lot more than your colleagues may imagine.

  3. I forget who I was reading recently but he said something like, “we’re presented with BLM, made up pronouns, vague genders and safe spaces and told that we have to care or we’re intolerant haters but when I mention the heroin OD epidemic in my small town, I get jokes about missing teeth and cousin marriage”. You can’t push that kind of crap forever and not expect a reaction.

  4. Heh. They did this in 2004/05 after Bush won and after Rathergate and it coming out that CNN was in the tank with Sadam Hussein, if you recall, Mike.

    Fake sackcloth and ashes, fake “oh we’ve learned our lesson and we’re examining our flaws,” fake acknowledgement of bias and fake avowals of intent to reform.

    And then they were back at it by ’06, and in full hue and cry again in the tank for Lowbama in ’08, and fully in the tank for sHrillary in 2016, as though their slap on the nose and subsequent “enlightenment” in ’04 never happened.

    They were lying then, they’re lying all through the years, and they’re lying now. Don’t buy it. They just want to put up a suitable front of acknowledgement and contrition so they can lure back the suckers, err… readers/viewers again.

    Don’t be a sucker.

  5. Thugs will be thugs, liars will be liars, and “journalists” will be snakes.

    Proof? Zero, Hillarious/Hitlary/Killary, and this overpaid joker.

    I know the answer, but I wonder if it ever occurred to him to investigate ANYTHING either of the Clintons has done since before running for guvner of Arkansas, or how a foreign student was allowed to run for and get the Presidency of the United States?

    Spare us the introspection until you learn what it is to be a real reporter and journalist. Journalists make notes on what happens in reality, not make notes on what they wish was real.

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