To borrow from the late Joan Rivers, ‘Can we talk?’
Just between us, many supposedly objective reporters simply can not hide their deep, deep disdain for Donald J. Trump.
Want a very recent example? Almost immediately after the EgyptAir passenger jet went down on Thursday morning, Trump described it as quite possibly ‘yet another terrorist attack.’ He also posed the question, ‘When will we get tough, smart and vigilant?’
Meanwhile, more traditional politicians were hiding under their desks.
In response, the properly liberal writer and editor Christopher Dickey accused Trump of engaging in a ‘very cynical ploy,’ also accusing Trump of launching his campaign by capitalizing on the deaths of terror victims.
How typical! Trump says what he thinks, media swell voices strong disapproval.
While reporters certainly appreciate Trump’s accessibility, they generally don’t much care for the man. He just doesn’t comport himself the way one should at, say, a Manhattan or Georgetown dinner party.
As we know, he is accused of boasting about his money, he has objectified women, and he has disparaged entire religions and ethnic groups. In other words, Trump not only touches the third rail of political incorrectness, he proudly hangs onto the rail while waving to his foes.
This makes reportage on Donald Trump very problematic.
If pretty much everyone at the New York Times finds him gauche and vulgar, who can cover him fairly? Last week the Times ran a long, long story about Trump’s relationship with women, a piece that has since been mocked for its inaccuracy.
Even the legendary Bob Woodward, appearing on The Factor this week, conceded that it was ‘not one of the Times’ best stories.’
But what did anyone expect? The article was co-written by a young man who had written snarky Tweets about Trump and a young woman who obviously abhors Trump’s beauty pageants and his macho demeanor.
Let’s just say neither reporter will be voting for Trump. Then again, neither will anyone else at the Times. At least no one who will admit it to their colleagues.
Taking the handoff from the Times, CBS News used the questionable story as a springboard to grill Ivanka Trump about her father. The remarkably poised 34-year-old had to politely deny that her dad is a ‘groper.’
One wonders whether another candidate’s daughter, 36-year-old Chelsea Clinton, will sit down with CBS News. And whether she will be similarly interrogated about her mother’s financial dealings or her father’s past indiscretions.
The essential problem is the national media itself.
With exceptions, they went to the same universities, have the same values, and share a tendency to sneer at average Americans. This indisputable bias, impeccably documented by our own Bernie Goldberg, is self-perpetuating. Editors at the Times and the Washington Post and the Boston Globe tend to hire their own types.
A question: Do you think you’ll find an open evangelical Christian in the New York Times newsroom or editorial board? Doubtful.
Rather, the swells at the Times denigrate evangelicals as yahoos and superstitious hicks. And some job advice: Don’t wear a large cross around your neck when interviewing for a position at the Times. Instead, talk about your deep concern over ‘climate change’ and your eternal quest for ‘social justice.’
Things are not about to get better, but this time around the media are facing a far different kind of Republican.
Sure, they hit John McCain and Mitt Romney, two gentlemen who were loath to hit back.
Donald Trump is a different story.
After the Times story came out, he ridiculed the paper as a ‘failing’ enterprise and described the report as a ‘joke.’ ‘Everyone is laughing at the @nytimes for the lame hit piece they did on me and women,’ Trump gleefully wrote.
Things are about to get even nastier, especially after the Democrats settle on Hillary Clinton as their nominee. The press is not fond of Mrs. Clinton, to be sure, but they do not despise her in the way they loathe Trump.
So, yes, Donald Trump needs to be prepared for the coming onslaught. At the same time, the elite media should get ready for a guy who will punch them right back, often twice as hard.
Who needs Rio and the Olympics? Let the real games begin!