There seemed to be a window of opportunity for a few days after the election. Media elites were so flabbergasted by Donald Trump’s victory that it actually shattered their safe little liberal bubble. Light came pouring in…but only for a second or two. The self-reflection was unsustainable. Yes, they screwed up big time, but now the light has drained back out of the bubble and the cracks have been patched over. An opportunity wasted.
In fact, they seem to have gotten worse over on the Clinton News Network. On Sunday, CNN’s media analyst Brian Stelter spoke with reporters Liz Wahl and Julia Ioffe about the news that the CIA was blaming Russia for interfering on behalf of Trump in the election. When you read the transcript of this conversation, it’s almost hard to believe this was something that played out on national television. It sounds more like the comment section on a liberal message board.
Wahl kicked things off, insisting that Russian disinformation was meant to reduce America’s faith in the democratic system.
“That is the ultimate goal, to undermine democracy, to undermine faith in our institutions, like the media,” Wahl said. “We have a president-elect now who has basically matched some of these key talking points in Russian propaganda to undermine our system.”
That got Stelter’s attention. “Let’s go there,” he said. “Let’s go there directly.”
“I mean, here’s something I’ve been asking myself,” he continued. “Julia, we’re talking about a candidate who’s lost in a historic way in terms of the popular vote but clearly won in the Electoral College. Is this something of a national emergency? And are journalists afraid to say so because they’re going to sound partisan?”
A national emergency! And notice that he’s not even talking about the Russian angle here! He jumped over to the popular vote/Electoral College discrepancy and he’s referring to THAT – not Russian interference – as the “national emergency.” And he thinks that journalists might fear sounding “partisan” if they make such ridiculous claims? He should worry less about sounding partisan and more about sounding like an idiot.