Sunday, February 19, 2017

Chris Wallace: Trump Crossed A Line

Props to Wallace for this.

Trump's a damn disaster who has no right to be anywhere near the White House. And he keeps proving that over and over.  This "enemy of the American people" thing is extremely worrisome.

That having been said, I do think that the press has a duty to be very objective. I am concerned that they might not be living up to that obligation as fully as they ought to be. I do think that a press that fails to live up to this obligation harms the country. A biased press--and, especially, a biased press that pretends to be objective--is a very bad thing. However, they're currently in a difficult spot. Trump has earned a very large percentage of the criticism directed at him. But there's also a fair amount of anti-Trump hysteria afoot. Objectivity isn't easy to achieve in such matters even in the best of times.

2 Comments:

Blogger Pete Mack said...

A fundamental question: institutions permitting, would Trump prefer to be a dictator a la Putin?
If the answer is yes, then it's hard to say where reasonable criticism ends. Bannon in particular has repeatedly claimed he wants to 'tear everything down.'

12:24 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

Honestly, though I do have in-principle concerns, the more pressing ones to me are: there's plenty of evidence that Trump sucks. Exaggeration/over-reach can backfire...and: we don't want to help establish the precedent hyperbolic criticism as the norm. (Not that I really think that us refraining will make the right behave any better...)

1:25 PM  

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