[Ed. – The blind rooting for the blind]
The Trump presidency has made newspapers great again. That’s the thesis of a long “Vanity Fair” feature on the competition and current fortunes of America’s foremost newspapers, the Washington Post and New York Times.
In a business that’s supposed to be driven by the pursuit of knowledge, there is a stunning scarcity of self-awareness. This profile by James Warren is long on history, anecdotes, and congratulations, but short on analysis of how media completely missed one of the most gigantic stories of the modern era. It moves right past the part where the cutthroat competition, Jeff Bezos and Carlos Slim millions, great reporters, tech wizards, and all their literal and virtual shoe leather never noticed half the country was primed to vote for Donald Trump.
It doesn’t ask what that huge blind spot might mean for how they cover Trump’s presidency and the country that elected him. Instead, it moves right into a glorious tale of how cutthroat competition, Bezos and Carlos Slim millions, great reporters, tech wizards, and all their literal and virtual shoe leather are doing stunning, invigorated work like never before by reporting on President Donald Trump.