Larry Elder: Trump won his other campaignto destroy mainstream media’s credibility

Larry Elder: Trump won his other campaign -- to destroy mainstream media's credibility

Convinced that President Donald Trump lost his bid for reelection, the media suddenly became less hysterical. Just like that, the media, at least to some degree, rediscovered concepts such as fairness and perspective, AWOL the last four years.

Two weeks after the election, New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof haltingly, grudgingly and reluctantly, admitted that yes, Trump was right. Banning in-person school education to fight COVID-19 was and is bad policy.

Kristof wrote: “Some things are true even though President Trump says them. Trump eis al maande dat skole heropen, en daarop lyk dit asof hy grotendeels gelyk het. Skole, veral laerskole, lyk nie asof dit die belangrikste bronne van koronavirusoordrag was nie, en afstandsonderrig is 'n katastrofe vir baie kinders met 'n lae inkomste.”

Kristof, natuurlik, could not acknowledge Trump’s correct judgment without thesome things are true even though Trump says themsnark. But remember, this is The New York Times, a paper that has not endorsed a Republican for president since 1956. Little steps.

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Kristof even took a Trump-like swipe at Democratic-run cities. En, whether inadvertently or not, he made the case for K-12 vouchers for inner-city kids: “So Democrats helped preside over school closures that have devastated millions of families and damaged children’s futures. Cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., have closed schools while allowing restaurants to operate. … School closures magnify these inequities, as many private schools remain open and affluent parents are better able to help kids adjust to remote learning. Op dieselfde tyd, low-income children fall even further behind.

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The New York Times again, after the media awarded the election to former Vice President Joe Biden, even questioned the science behind a ban on outdoor dining, like most counties in California recently enacted.

In “Small Gatherings Spread the Virus, but Are They Causing the Surge?” the Times wrote: “But are dinners and backyard barbecues really the engine driving the current surge of infections? The available data do not support that contention, scientists say. Steeds, the idea has been repeated so often it has become conventional wisdom, leading to significant restrictions in many states. …

But many epidemiologists are far less certain, saying there is little evidence to suggest that household gatherings were the source of the majority of infections since the summer. Inderdaad, it has become much harder to pinpoint any source of any outbreak, now that the virus is so widespread and Americans may be exposed in so many ways. …

A constant drumbeat about the dangers of social gatherings may help to convey the seriousness of the current surge, (Harvard University infectious disease epidemiologist Julia Marcus) gesê. Aan die ander kant, in some states the misperception has led to draconian policies that don’t square with science.

Goodness! If Pulitzer gave a prize forFair and Balanced Coronavirus Stories in the Post-Trump Era,” The New York Times might actually deserve this one.

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Former Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein shared the mood of much of the Trump-hating left when he accused Trump ofhomicidal negligencein his handling of the coronavirus. But Dr. Anthony Fauci, post-election also sounds Trumpian.

On the possibility of further lockdowns, Fauci recently said: “There is no appetite for locking down in the American public, but I believe that we can do it without a lockdown. I really do. … You could still get businesses going. You could still have economic forward-thinking while you’re doing that. You don’t necessarily have to shut everything down. Hopelik, we won’t have to do that.

Geen “appetitefor another lockdown? What happened tofollow the science”?

This is yet another tacit admission that, as Trump insisted, we must consider the unintended consequences of shutting down the economy, including increased rates of suicide, depressie, homicide, drug abuse, alcoholism and domestic violence.

Uiteindelik, did serial Trump CNN critic, Jake Tapper praise, letterlik praise and credit Trump for the speed with which drug manufacturers have apparently developed vaccines for COVID-19?

Ja, he did.

Tapper gesê: “We should take a moment, as we always have when discussing vaccine and Operation Warp Speed, that this is — jy weet, putting aside all of the failures of the Trump administration when it comes to the coronavirus, and there are lotsthis is an unmitigated success and we should acknowledge that.

Vir vier jaar, major media, along with their Democratic comrades, banded together to bring down Trump. They appear to have succeeded.

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But as to Trump’s campaign to expose the media’s blatant, often vicious anti-Republican bias so that much of America will never again trust it, Trump won.

Huge.

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