I blame the media for Trump getting elected president — Murdoch media for creating and feeding the right-wing beast, CNN and MSNBC for giving Trump so much free coverage (especially during the primaries), and don’t get me started on the New York Times. I still say the worst offenders were, and still are, the both sides do it centrist pundits. I nominate this (from a centrist pundit at WaPo) as the worst tweet ever, equating Obama’s use of the word “horseshit” to describe policy with Trump’s use of the word “shithole” to describe countries inhabited by black people.
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— ㅤㅤ (@dxckstep) January 11, 2018
But there are some real success stories in less traditional outlets. Buzzfeed’s news coverage is remarkably good, given that Buzzfeed began as a listicle producer. Here Ben Smith takes a well-deserved victory lap for publishing the Steele dossier:
Exactly one year ago BuzzFeed published what’s now known simply as “the dossier”: a set of reports put together by a former British intelligence officer named Christopher Steele during the 2016 presidential campaign. The 35-page dossier suggested that the Russian government had both compromised and colluded with President-elect Donald Trump.[….]
For all these reasons, the chorus of criticism of our decision to publish has faded. I haven’t had a single person approach me to say, “I wish I hadn’t read the dossier, and wish I had less insight into the forces at play in America.” Do you feel that way? Does anyone?
One more thing: thanks to everyone for donating so much money: 15K raised this month! Baby pictures to come later today.