Good article: Tony Williams at the Victory Girls Blog explains to White House Correspondents’ Association president Margaret Talev that not only did they fail in their purported efforts to “build a spirit of unity,” but they also failed to grasp the basic flaw in their self-aggrandizing mission statement. As Ms. Talev put it at the dinner (or as I’ve seen several pundits describe it since, the “dumpster fire”):
“We reject efforts by anyone, especially our elected leaders, to paint journalism as un-American, to undermine trust between reporter and reader, or to cast doubt on the relevance of fact and truth in the modern age.”
Kudos to Ms Williams for pointing out bluntly that journalism is not under attack, “fake news and liberal bias is under attack” – and contrary to what many in the media seem to believe, those aren’t the same thing. Nobody believes journalism is un-American or wants to cast doubt on facts and truth. We just don’t trust journalists who have squandered our trust by rushing to air phony, poorly vetted or deliberately slanted stories that promote their own political views, or who make it clear through events like that dinner that they have nothing but hatred and contempt for millions of Americans whom they expect to look up to them as beacons of unvarnished truth.
If you're going to claim to represent facts and truth, then first show us that you're capable of recognizing the truth about yourselves: that if people no longer trust you to be objective reporters of fact, that's not Trump's fault.
I don’t want to talk any more about this subject, but before letting it go, this is too good not to mention. A liberal female writer for the Atlantic magazine tried to defend the WHCA dinner's “comedian” by accusing her critics of sexism. She claims there’s a double standard and nobody would have objected to her expressing her controversial views if she’d been a man.
That sparked quite a Twitter schooling, including a reminder from the Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto that just last month, conservative pundit Kevin Williamson was dropped by the Atlantic before he could write a word, just because he explained his opposition to abortion in a tweet and the Atlantic’s liberal female writers didn't defend his freedom of speech. Instead, they got outraged and demanded he be fired. So she’s right: there is a double standard.
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