This should be an easy column to write on winning a national election that is the biggest of my lifetime. But it’s not, due to the overshadowing reality.
It should be as easy as basking in the glow of victory, however it has immediately been tampered by a media feeding frenzy. (I suppose I should not be surprised.)
For a flavor of that, there was a meltdown of sorts on CNN Wednesday on Don Lemon’s show. Already they are positioning and guessing what Trump will do, and considering the protests staging. Should have, would have, could have been a celebration. Media and Hillary tried to deny Trump’s celebration as long as they could.
CNN’s Brian Stelter said that media really missed seeing this whole thing, presumably the result forthcoming. He claims it definitely has some soul-searching to do. Really what soul-searching, how they failed to prevent Trump from winning? That is his implication.
Well, historian Douglas Brinkley was asked about comparisons to Dewey and Truman. He said, “oh, I think this is even bigger” than that. Then he seemed to encourage tempering their criticism of Trump in the immediate aftermath.
Stelter, for his part, said, “This was one of the biggest media failures of our generation.” He argued that everyone in the media has soul-searching to do.
Historian Douglas Brinkley went on to say that the healing process should begin and it’s not helpful to be “bleak” and “nihilistic.”
Toobin pushed back and said it’s not nihilistic to talk about how much power Trump has now. Brinkley said it’s unfair to dismiss Trump as a “right-wing cartoon.”
And then he ended up telling Toobin, “You’ve been dead wrong about this whole election!… We need to give people a chance right now!”
Watch above, via CNN.
See video at: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/youve-been-dead-wrong-about-this-whole-election-historian-battles-cnns-toobin/
Along with that there is Van Jones’ election night meltdown — panic mode.
“People have talked about a miracle. I’m hearing about a nightmare,” he said. “It’s hard to be a parent tonight for a lot of us. You tell your kids, ‘Don’t be a bully.’ You tell your kids, ‘Don’t be a bigot.’ You tell your kids, ‘Do your homework and be prepared.’ And then you have this outcome and you have people putting children to bed tonight and they’re afraid of breakfast. They’re afraid of ‘How do I explain this to my children?’”
“This was a whitelash. This was a whitelash against a changing country. It was a whitelash against a black president, in part. And that’s the part where the pain comes. And Donald Trump has a responsibility tonight to come out and reassure people that he is going to be the president of all the people who he insulted and offended and brushed aside.”
So it was a whitelash. He interpreted this as a last gasp of white people to elect a president. But Trump has already been called all the names before and it continues. What’s another name? Talk about drama. There is no shortage of that on the liberal left. You have to wonder what about all the people Obama offended and insulted, often publicly on official occasions? So now we are guilty of coordinating in a whitelash.
No one reminds Van Jones that he supported the one who was in the White House when Jack Boot Reno sent her Feds to raid a home and deport Elian Gonzolez at gun point. The only time we’ve seen that, while she said nothing. Then remind him who was on the deportation side and who was on the asylum side.
Judging by all this, no “honeymoon.”
Obama went out to give his condolences to Trump for winning. Then he pledged full cooperation with Trump’s transition team.
Then CNN’s Angela Rye political analyst came on in an emotional bloodletting about illegal immigration fears. They showed high school students now joining protests in San Fransisco, practically shedding tears as they march down the street speaking to positioned reporters. One girl was breaking down saying what Trump was calling all Mexicans. The anchor thanked her for her important perspective.
Sure, they are advocacy news now, no hiding it. They are reduced to liberal talking points that you hear from any Democrat, probably because of the close communications like we saw in Wiki Leaks. Bring on the kids — sounds better hearing it from them.
Here was CNN on election night explaining away Clinton’s refusal to accept results. When Lewandowski questions “where’s Hillary?” Van Jones told Corey he was being a horrible person. Somehow critics were not being fair to Hillary and treating Hillary humanely?
So now we are inhumane for expecting her to make a statement election night?
Also see Rush column, he’s getting nervous about demands for unity with losers.