Different rules for Democrats
And right on cue this morning Trump is tweeting we might have to postpone the election because it may not be safe to vote because of the pandemic. Wait, the same pandemic he said is going to go away? The pandemic that he's claiming yet again that can be cured by hydroxychloroquine? Trump is already and predictably sewing the seeds to stay in power. Perhaps that was the reason for the "change of tone" the media was so excited about. Can you just imagine the fallout from the press had Obama attempted to stop the 2014 midterms because of Ebola? Of course that's an absurd similarity since there were only four cases in the US as you point out but this much is clear- A narcissistic sociopath, clearly unfit to be dog catcher is getting away with shredding our democracy while the press is duped into breathing a sigh of relief when he changes his tone! The destruction of the United States is happening right before our eyes and the media is an active participant. What happened to the story of Russian bounty on American soldiers? Now Trump is pulling 12000 troops out of Germany. How much is the media going to let President Putin... er Trump get away with?
What frightens me is how a president can allow a pandemic to spread under their watch and still be eligible for re-election.
The institutional failures in this country right now run so deep.
Thank you Eric, as always.
Your post today cites so many examples of beltway failure. I often think that given the complete lack of actual drama, and failure, during the Obama years that the press just created stuff to attract and/or keep viewers and readers. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah commentary on the "tan-suit" controversy comes to mind.
BTW: I have been quoting Eric Alterman's 2003 book since it came out. To anyone who would listen.
The First Amendment cannot survive a second term. The interesting part is how much the press has done to destroy it.
Minor point/question-Did you mean USA Today's Susan Page, and not Rice?
Literally, the dual hysteria of the Republicans and their establishment media echoes ended the day after the election. One of the great electoral coincidences (kidding about that). Never ceases to amuse me.
And anyone who thinks the media treat both parties the same, well, that hasn’t been true for over forty years. Of course, how the media reconcile their biased reportage with the idea of objectivity beats me. Then again, the media’s idea of objectivity accommodates lies.