File this one under “tell me something I don’t know.” Members of the activist media, who were enthusiastically on the #Resist train, are now admitting that they will change their tune under a Biden administration. That’s hardly news to most of us – but what is somewhat shocking is how out of touch they are for thinking that the public didn’t already know this.
Media Activists Mull Life After Trump
The Atlantic published an article on Tuesday in which the author, McKay Coppins, interviews alleged journalists to discuss how their profession will change after Joe Biden takes office. These were supposed reporters who rose to fame and notoriety by positioning themselves as part of “the resistance” against the Trump administration.
New York Magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi, who is known for her scathing invectives against the president and his followers, told Coppins that she was “troubled” by the incentives that Trump provided for other media activists pretending to be journalists. “There is kind of this temptation to satisfy the resistance with worldview-confirming reporting chum,” she said.
The reporter admitted that she pandered to an anti-Trump audience in her coverage of the White House. “It didn’t really require any special bravery to report honestly and critically on Donald Trump,” she explained. “I could write in a piece, ‘Donald Trump is the biggest a–hole to ever live and he is a terrible human being and a sh-tty president and, like, he’s ugly’ … and nobody would be mad at me except the same people who are mad at me anyway for existing.”
But when it came to a potential Biden administration, Nuzzi admitted that she doesn’t believe the Fourth Estate would dare to take the same approach to the former vice president that they did with Trump. “On a purely social level, I don’t know that reporting critically on Joe Biden will feel as safe for reporters,” she conceded.
Next on the list was the mighty Jim Acosta, who quickly gained a reputation for grandstanding performances during White House press conferences. Known for his Broadway-esque routines and unintentional diary entries, the CNN activist also noted that his comrades would return to the good ol’ days, back when their only job was to shill for President Barack Obama.
“I don’t think the press should be trying to whip up the Biden presidency and turn it into must-see TV in a contrived way,” he stressed.
The reporter continued, likely trying to keep a straight face as he claimed that the media’s approach to Trump had nothing to do with partisan politics. Coppins explained:
“If that sounds like a double standard, Acosta told me it’s not partisan—it’s a matter of professional solidarity. In his view, Trump’s campaign to discredit the press has constituted a ‘nonstop national emergency,’ one that required a defiant response. ‘If being at the White House is not an experience that might merit hazard pay,’ he said, ‘then perhaps it is going to be approached differently.’”
Did We Expect Any Different?
Despite their TDS-fueled ascension to the national stage, each of these individuals seems to recognize that their cash cow is about to dry up. Nevertheless, it’s worth noting that these folks are only partially in it for the money and fame.
The reality of the situation is that Acosta, Nuzzi, and other media activists are true believers in the cause. These people aren’t only out for glitz and glamor; they are willing advocates for the Democratic Party, and they aim to use their vast platforms to push a distinctly leftist agenda. They are not trying to inform; they seek to influence the American public.
It is for this reason that they treat Republican presidents differently than Democrats. In the past, they managed to convince their audience that they are objective observers, but the veil has been pulled over the past four years. They still enjoy a tremendous level of influence, but more and more consumers have stopped trusting them.
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