Sometimes I feel as if we are running out of ways to describe the news media in America today.
But this morning I stumbled onto the most spot-on description ever courtesy of New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin.
In his editorial “Leave John Kelly alone,” Goodwin summarized our modern news media with laser-like accuracy.
First, he recounts what I have called “CondolenceGate.” Then he capped it off by describing Kelly’s moving and poignant comments to the White House press corps.
Then, Goodwin says this:
As Kelly talked to the press corps, I felt how tawdry much of the media has become, how bloated with vanity and ignorance. So many lack any humility about things they don’t know, including the life-and-death decisions of others sworn to keep them safe.
For his trouble, Kelly was soon the target of the idiot class.
“How bloated with vanity and ignorance” — isn’t that perfect?
Here was a room full of reporters who know absolutely nothing about military service and sacrifice. But they are far too arrogant to notice.
And their subsequent sniffing condescension over having been schooled by an actual military man was breathtaking.
The truth is, the reporters in that White House briefing knew they had been thoroughly chastised.
And like anyone “bloated with vanity and ignorance,” their response was to attack the messenger.
Leading the race to the bottom was, naturally, a new-wave Democrat connected to Hillary Clinton.
Brian Fallon, a CNN contributor and former Clinton flack, put out an appalling tweet that said in part: “Kelly isn’t just an enabler of Trump. He’s a believer in him. That makes him as odious as the rest.”
Others piled on, though it would be hard to top the view of a writer for The New Yorker. Under the headline, “John Kelly and the Language of the Military Coup,” Masha Gessen declared that his remarks “could serve as a preview of what a military coup in this country would look like.”
Wow, I must be slipping. How did I miss a military coup?
To me, Kelly’s dressing-down of these arrogant know-nothings had the desired effect.
He pointed out their own lack of honor and respect.
And, as if to prove him right, they spent the subsequent hours after that press briefing showing zero honor and respect – all the while harrumphing and well-I-never-ing with self-righteous indignation.
Read Goodwin’s entire column HERE.
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