I read the news today, oh boy.
There are a couple of interesting bits up today that sort of call for pundit accountability in the face of the rise of Vulgarmort to the top of the Republican ticket. This feels like a strange moment in the Death of the Media that they actually look inwards.
Tiger Beat on the Potomac takes the rare (for them) format of actually naming the people who got it wrong, and it kicks off with my favorite of the big fails:
And of course, Almost Always Wrong Bill Kristol:
Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol long pushed for the formation of a third party or independent challenger to Trump as the mogul continued his meteoric rise before and during the primary process. By the winter solstice, Kristol was soliciting party names for “the new party we’ll have to start if Trump wins the GOP nomination.”
Speaking to ABC, where he is a contributor, Kristol deemed the tweet “semi-serious.”
“I don’t think Trump will be the nominee, so I don’t expect it to be an issue,” Kristol said. “But since I don’t think I could support Trump, and I’d like to have someone to vote for, if Trump were to be the nominee, I’d be open to a new party, probably for 2016 only — but you never know.”
Anyway, TBOTP categorizes the many failings of the media into 9 categories of wrong, and oddly omit anything that they themselves said (assuming that they said anything at all).
And Business Journal has a take-down of data-driven Nate Silver who famously told everyone to calm down, it won’t be Trump. And then his mea culpa:
“Other than being early skeptics of Jeb Bush, we basically got the Republican race wrong.”
“Unprecedented events can occur with some regularity.”
Oh. Well that explains it.
And again, who got it right? Yup, the Liberal Bloggers, who do not live in the Village, and who have for decades commented on the tribal quality of Y’all Qaeda, The New Confederacy, and Wingnuttia in general; of course Possum Holler was going to go with a winner like Trump and not the losers. They’d vote for a cartoon character like Trump in a heartbeat.
And up next: the Media will start to normalize Trump and Possum Holler will go along with it. And then the media will ask what went wrong? Just look at the Chimpy years. It’s the same damn pattern.
The Media needs to get out more. Of course, no one is going to fire Ross Douthat, Bill Kristol, or Nate Silver, so it really doesn’t matter much how wrong they are; and likewise, no one is going to hire liberal bloggers to be front pagers.