Members of Congress really did yet another televised group therapy session to discuss how they are "bonded together by trauma." Tears were shed. The journalist conducting the quasi-interview also jumped in to reveal what the "hardest part" of the healing process has been for her pic.twitter.com/Am5uyQNDvA— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) January 7, 2022
The alleged "trauma" of Jan 6 was experienced largely by politicians and journalists, two of the most hated groups in the country. Hence Jan 6 = largely an elite fixation. Pearl Harbor precipitated the entire country mobilizing for World War. Such an abysmally stupid comparison— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) January 7, 2022
There's been a lot of discussion this week about journalists exposed to trauma as part of their work. @DartCenter has a great new resource: a directory of US therapists specifically trained to work with reporters. https://t.co/oseKhq00Rk cc @brianstelter pic.twitter.com/yA9qi19W5G— Lois Beckett (@loisbeckett) January 7, 2022
Perry Bacon, Jr. is clearly excited about this.
“Journalists” are rising to the occasion to defend “our democracy.” They are finally showing the “moral clarity” to reject “both sides-ism.” This could work!
“America’s news media is increasingly covering the growing radicalism of the Republican Party and its democracy-eroding behavior. That’s a welcome shift. But it still isn’t going far enough.The media has long had a problematic “both sides” approach to covering politics. After Donald Trump became president, the media couldn’t avoid covering him very negatively.
First, many outlets are now defining “democracy” as a core coverage area and devoting more space and prominence to the issue. The Atlantic says it is “training its editorial focus on the crisis facing democracy in America and across the globe”; democracy has been the subject of the magazine’s past two cover stories. FiveThirtyEight, mostly known for analyzing polling and election results, has made election administration — voting access, redistricting, etc. — and democracy two of its major areas of focus. In cable news, MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan and CNN’s Brian Stelter are among the hosts on those networks who have made democracy a central part of their programs. …
Given these dynamics, it’s likely that the Democratic, upper-income, college-educated cohort that gets its news from CNN, MSNBC, The Post and the Times will become increasingly worried and engaged about the radicalism of the GOP. …”
We also need to reject “White appeasement politics.”
It is not like those people vote or anything. It is not like those people are more efficiently concentrated in pivotal swing states. Besides, those people are anti-democratic “white supremacists” who support the Constitution of the United States which is an antiquated relic of white privilege.
White Independent swing voters know what they want from the national press. They want more fiercely urgent coverage of 1/6 and the peril that is facing “our democracy.” They want more partisan cheerleading for the Brandon administration. They want more sanctimony, more wokeness, handwriging, hypocrisy and hysteria from self-absorbed and self-righteous blue check New York and DC based Millennial journos.
The Wesley Crusher generation can save “our democracy” with this one shift!
David Brooks seems skeptical this morning.
He thinks his own side is doing a terrible job of defending “our democracy.”
“The whole electoral system is in crisis. Elections have three phases: registering and casting votes, counting votes and certifying results. When it comes to the first two phases, the American system has its flaws but is not in crisis. As Yuval Levin noted in The Times a few days ago, it’s become much easier in most places to register and vote than it was years ago. We just had a 2020 election with remarkably high turnout. The votes were counted with essentially zero fraud.
The crisis of democracy is right in front of us. We have a massive populist mob that thinks the country is now controlled by a coastal progressive oligarchy that looks down on them. We’re caught in cycles of polarization that threaten to turn America into Northern Ireland during the Troubles. We have Republican hacks taking power away from the brave state officials who stood up to Trumpian bullying after the 2020 election …”
For one, American politics is unusually heated and the 2020 election probably had the highest turnout in over a century, so it is hard to see how “our democracy” is on the verge of death from “voter suppression” when more people are voting and participating than in generations.
The other problem is that the Democrats are increasingly perceived as the party of out of touch, woke, ruthless, power grasping coastal liberal elites. It is the party of PMCs and their incomprehensible jargon and weird customs like the 10,000 new genders and pronouns that have been created over the past decade. David Brooks seems to have some self-awareness that the New York media bubble has shrunk down into a regional media bubble. These people are increasingly talking to themselves.
Could they become even more detached and isolated from the rest of the country in 2022? We’re off to a good start.
Note: As for killing “our democracy,” the plan seems to be to relentlessly mock these people between now and the midterms. In many cases, our people live hundreds or thousands of miles away from coastal shitlibs and they will probably just vote as usual in their own communities in 2022 or maybe even run themselves which is tantamount to murdering “our democracy” at the grassroots level.