Just a quick post today, since I can’t resist an “I told you so,” or, rather a “You heard it from me first” opportunity. A little over two months ago, I predicted that the mass media’s treatment of Donald Trump would change.
The change will reflect the transition from Trump the unserious but riotously entertaining contestant for the Republican presidential nomination to Trump the actual nominee and a serious threat to become President of the United States….[It will be] a change toward greater scrutiny of his mendacity, his ignorance and his irresponsibility.”
Now, the New York Times media analyst Jim Rutenberg recounts a number of examples of American journalists beginning to override their professional commitment to non-partisanship, recognizing that “balanced” reporting is impossible when the reality is out of balance: when one of the of the two candidates for president is so clearly abnormal and potentially dangerous.
Now that he is the Republican nominee for president, the imbalance is cutting against him. Journalists and commentators are analyzing his policy pronouncements and temperament with an eye toward what it would all look like in the Oval Office — something so many of them viewed as an impossibility for so long.”
It’s about time.