CNN, the TV network that most fully represents the outdated political-journalistic establishment ethos that if two people disagree on something the truth must be somewhere exactly halfway between them, had a theme Friday:
- “It’s not about the man, but about one of our greatest American traditions, which is the peaceful transition of power.” —Bakari Sellers, CNN, 9:01 a.m.
- “[Obama staffers] said George W. Bush and his team set the gold standard for a peaceful transition.” —Dana Bash, CNN, 9:19 a.m.
- “It really represents, in the most stark way, the peaceful transfer of power.” —Jake Tapper, CNN, describing Obama and Trump riding to the inauguration together, 9:35 a.m.
- “That was a pretty amazing shot when you consider the history of these four individuals and this very majestic transfer of power here in the United States.” —Wolf Blitzer, CNN, 9:44 a.m.
In summary, it is apparently beautiful/majestic that a racist and alleged sex criminal who appears poised to engage in historically epic personal corruption was able to take power without immediately triggering a civil war.