Posted on | February 28, 2014 | 14 Comments
Spanks him hard over his defense of Alex Sink. Here’s the question: Why is it so important to be fair to Alex Sink?
Oh, because Alex Sink is a Democrat.
The media must be fair to Democrats. The media must never assist Republicans in “swiftboating” Democrats.
Alex Sink made a gaffe — a clear, obvious gaffe — and so the media clean-up crew must explain why it’s not really a gaffe.
Weigel’s entire generation of journalists have had their perspectives warped by the experience of George W. Bush’s presidency.
Imagine you’re 30. The Lewinsky scandal happened when you were 14. The Florida Bush-vs.-Gore election deadlock happened when you were 16. You were 17 when the planes hit the towers, 19 when we invaded Iraq, 20 when Bush beat Kerry.
If you were a Democrat during all that, your entire adolescence was spent in a seeming nightmare: Republicans were raping you in broad daylight, and there was no way you could stop it. So you became a journalist — because you want to “make a difference” — and the difference that you want to make is to ensure that Democrats win, period. You have no principle beyond partisanship.
Republicans? Shove ’em through a plate glass window.
Because that’s fair. They deserve it. They’re Republicans.
Now, Weigel is actually better than most. He used to be a libertarian. But he shares the generational assumptions typical of 30-somethings in the press corps, and does not want to be seen by his peers as enabling the Fox News-talk-radio-Drudge axis.
It has always been true that the media are liberal. Studies indicate that journalists vote Democrat by a 9-to-1 margin. But the bias has gotten worse — it is now quite shamelessly deliberate — because young liberal reporters see themselves as battling to prevent the return of that nightmare era when Republicans controlled the White House and both houses of Congress. This is why they consider Benghazi and the IRS “phony” scandals, because if those stories should gain traction, the nightmare might return.
It’s results-oriented journalism, really.
They don’t actually care about the facts. They care about creating a narrative that will win elections for Democrats. Period.