Monday, April 30, 2018

Scratch a Republican, a Bully Bleeds

Among the oh-so-many takes regarding Michelle Wolf decimating the Trump administration and their enablers among the Washington press corps, here's a good one by Arwa Mahdawi:
"The media needs to make sure it is speaking truth to power, not kowtowing to the powerful. However, as Wolf mentioned in her speech, even the liberal media is under Trump’s spell. 'You pretend like you hate him, but I think you love him. I think what no one in this room wants to admit is that Trump has helped all of you. He’s helped you sell your papers and your books and your TV. You helped create this monster, and now you’re profiting off of him.'
Wolf is absolutely right. We all ought to do a lot more soul-searching about how we’re covering the Trump administration. That should have been the headline that came out of Wolf’s speech; not controversy about eye shadow. 
Wolf’s words should have inspired introspection amongst the press, not a liberal backlash. So, please, spare me the faux feminist outrage about Sanders. It was just a joke. The response to it, however, has been no laughing matter."
The (excellent) line about Huckabee-Sanders' make-up aside, the "but I think you love him" was the center of the routine.  And no wonder there's been as much faux-consternation from elite DC media types (it is Hollywood for ugly people, after all) as from Republicans (the perpetually petulant).

Above all else, as a comedy routine it slayed and fifty years from now, assuming we haven't exploded the planet, we'll still be watching it.

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