Margaret Sullivan of the Washington Post seems to think it’s her job to rally the media troops to gang up on Donald Trump. The funny thing is, they’re kind of doing that already.
John Hinderaker of Powerline dissects Sullivan’s strange new column:
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WAPO COLUMNIST: LET’S GANG UP ON TRUMP!
The Washington Post’s media columnist, Margaret Sullivan, who is also a former Public Editor of the New York Times, has an idea that she claims is novel, but may sound familiar to Republicans: news outlets should coordinate their efforts to defeat Donald Trump! It really is an extraordinary column:
Media outlets have given the likely Republican presidential nominee something like $2 billion worth of free exposure and, in many cases, let him get away with blatant falsehoods — even about something as basic as whether he did or didn’t support the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Maybe I missed it, but I don’t recall liberal columnists objecting to Trump’s free publicity during the primary season, when it helped him defeat Republicans who would have been stronger general election candidates.
Fairness is of utmost importance, no doubt, whether the reporting is on Trump, Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. But what, exactly, does it mean in campaign coverage? It should mean keeping an open mind, not bringing preconceived ideas to one’s reporting, and listening seriously to candidates’ explanations.
It should never mean false equivalency, where equal time and emphasis are given to candidates or dissembling is allowed to go unchallenged. …
News outlets ought to rethink the purpose of their campaign coverage. It’s not to be equally nice to all candidates. It’s to provide Americans with the hard information they need to decide who is fit to lead the country.
In other words, the job of a reporter is to help win the election for Hillary Clinton.
Isn’t it great how balanced the media is?
They’re like Democrat activists with bylines, nothing more.