The narrative that won't die
Packer's piece is outstanding, and a reminder that if people who believe "government is the problem" get to run the government, their belief is self-fulfilled. And for God knows what reason, the NY Times is deeply invested in normalizing the aberrant behavior of the most corrupt, obnoxious, and incompetent president in history. Expect "analysis" of Biden, and stenography for Trump.
It's always been that way. Remember how they fawned over Reagan as a silver tongued orator who crushed his opponents with his "there you go again". Blah! Bush W was the guy you wanted to have a beer with. Not me! When Sam Donaldson told me that Reagan out debated Jimmy Carter I know that something was going on, and it's never stopped since then. I can only assume it is powerful corporations directing the narrative to their advantage no matter what. Even if we run the table in November they will still be there!
The media's aim in pushing "Dems in Disarray" when all the evidence points opposite is to create conflict. Lack of conflict is boring. Conflict sells. Truth, if it doesn't fit the narrative, be damned.
The Times has far too much influence given how biased and misleading so much of their political coverage is. For years I have been trying to understand why the “newspaper of record” is so willing to play foolish games with our politics. It can’t just be that they are intimidated by the right or that they are afraid to anger the rich and powerful. Often it seems to me that these journalists are acting like a bunch of teens at Beltway High who have to show disdain for the serious students because they want to be part of the Kool Kids club. Sadly the Times seems to drive a lot of media coverage.
Armando this AM called people like them on Twitter “professional whiners “ which I find to be a very apt description. Though with the NYTs, I believe there are definitely underlying motives.