I rarely read The Hill – mostly because they employ the worst kind of click-baity nonsense tweets known to mankind.
But every now and then I stumble across an editorial there that has me nodding my head like a dashboard doggie.
And today’s column by Buck Sexton is an excellent example.
I mean the headline alone is worth a half dozen nods: In the age of Trump, the press just can’t stop playing the victim.
I’ve been saying for some time that the news media’s biggest problem is their obsession with making the news about themselves. For heaven’s sake, how many airtime hours were wasted on journalists’ handwringing and navel-gazing because one CNN reporter was barred from one White House event?
As a result of the news media’s self-obsession, they’ve become impotent and ineffectual.
The truth is, incessant whining about how your talked about is not “journalism.”
The press is not a victim. And not everything is about them.
And Buck Sexton nails all that in his column today at the Hill.
Here’s a peek. But definitely read the whole thing.
First, it was the term “fake news” that the media felt was a “threat to our democracy.”
Now, it’s Trump’s references to the “enemy of the people” that has driven the press corps into paroxysms of exaggerated fear. The situation is supposedly so dire that A.G. Sulzberger, the publisher of the New York Times, asked for a meeting to express his grave concerns about Trump’s “increasingly dangerous” language.
Thanks to the president’s recent Twitter activity, we have some Trumpian insight into the July 20 meeting with Sulzberger as well. And sure enough, when the owner of the Grey Lady had a chance to chat with the leader of the free world, the conversation predictably centered around one topic: journalists, and their concerns about journalists.
Sulzberger claimed he told Trump that the president’s rhetoric “was putting lives at risk, that it was undermining the democratic ideals of our nation, and that it was eroding one of our country’s greatest exports: a commitment to free speech and a free press.” He also said that Trump’s language was “not just divisive but increasingly dangerous.”
The sanctimony is hard to take seriously. It also fits a consistent pattern of media solipsism.
The greatest danger facing mainstream journalists in this country is irrelevancy.
You gotta love someone who can use “solipsism” in a sentence.
And Buck Sexton is exactly right.
For the news media, they alone are real – they alone matter.
It’s why they were stunned when Donald Trump won. In their reality — where only their opinions matter — nobody was going to vote for Trump.
It’s why they simply cannot understand why we are not as obsessed with Russia as they are.
And it’s precisely why the news media discovering that most Americans don’t trust them comes as a complete shock.
They are the center of their own universe. And nothing else matters to them.
As Sexton puts it in his column, “The press has fallen victim to a delusion of its own creation.”
Something tells me they aren’t planning to snap out of it.
Read the whole column HERE.
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