Monday, May 22, 2017

A Cold Civil War

John Kass writes political opinion for the Chicago Tribune. Today he shares findings of a study of media coverage of Trump's first 100 days, done by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard. It ran 80-20 negative vs. positive. See his conclusion about causes:
Many beltway journalists are essentially establishment creatures, gatekeepers for the political ruling class, members of that class and fierce guardians of their place in the empire. The political class sees Trump and the 62 million Americans who voted for him as the stuff they scrape off their shoes.
Journalists once hid their contempt better than they do now. We believed they respected their craft.

Reaching for a descriptive title for our current state of affairs, I come up with a (mostly) Cold Civil War. The left had better hope it stays cold; the right has the preponderance of privately owned firepower. Hat tip to RealClearPolitics for the link.