[Ed. – Most of the ravings in the full article are anti-Trump and sympathetic with the mainstream media. But the most quizzical part of this advice column is the implication in the last paragraph that the MSM currently sees its ‘war as a crusade to reestablish the old rules of legitimacy.’ What on earth does that mean?]
The op-ed pages come to resemble Democratic fundraising pitches. The news sections are all Trump all the time. They have gone ballistic so many times the public now yawns when it sees their rockets lifting off.
A recent Alternet article I read was composed of nothing but mean quotes about Trump, some of them literary and high-flown, some of them low-down and cruel, most of them drawn from the mainstream media and all of them hilarious. As I write this, four of the five most-read stories on the Washington Post website are about Trump; indeed (if memory serves), he has dominated this particular metric for at least a year.
But there’s something wrong with it all.
The news media’s alarms about Trump have been shrieking at high C for more than a year. …
I believe that the news media needs to win its war with Trump, and urgently so. But as long as they understand that war as a crusade to reestablish the old rules of legitimacy, they are going to continue to fail. Until the day they get it right, the world will burn while the in-crowd parties obliviously on.