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If it weren’t 2020, one might be tempted to think this story is satire. Indeed, if there were ever a story that fits the “water is wet” type, this would be it.
The Atlantic published a piece on Tuesday in which it interviewed several activists who pretend to be journalists covering the White House. Each reporter indicated that their coverage of the White House will change under the Biden administration. Predictably, they admitted that their reportage on former Vice President Joe Biden will be decidedly less confrontational, which is just another way of saying that their lips will likely never be parted from Biden’s wrinkled old derriere.
Author McKay Coppins spoke with Olivia Nuzzi, who, like many of her comrades, enjoyed a significant boost to her career from covering President Trump. The author notes that “she joined New York magazine around the time Trump took office and quickly became known for her caustic profiles of the president’s hangers-on. TV appearances and awards shortly followed, and in 2018 Nuzzi announced a major book deal with Simon & Schuster.”
Despite benefiting from positioning herself as an anti-Trump “journalist,” Coppins says Nuzzi “troubled” by the incentives that Trump created for other reporters. “There is kind of this temptation to satisfy the resistance with worldview-confirming reporting chum,” she said.
Nuzzi acknowledged that she played to a certain audience in her coverage of the president. “It didn’t really require any special bravery to report honestly and critically on Donald Trump,” she said. “I could write in a piece, ‘Donald Trump is the biggest asshole to ever live and he is a terrible human being and a shitty president and, like, he’s ugly’ … and nobody would be mad at me except the same people who are mad at me anyway for existing.”
When the subject of a potential Biden administration came up, Nuzzi acknowledged that the activist media will alter its approach. “On a purely social level, I don’t know that reporting critically on Joe Biden will feel as safe for reporters,” she admitted.
Coppins also interviewed activist Jim Acosta, who pretends to be a journalist for CNN, which pretends to be a journalistic outlet. After he finally put his mirror down, Acosta told Coppins that he doesn’t expect to see the same confrontational approach happening under a Biden administration. “I don’t think the press should be trying to whip up the Biden presidency and turn it into must-see TV in a contrived way,” he said.
But Coppins assures us that it has nothing to do with party. He wrote:
If that sounds like a double standard, Acosta told me it’s not partisan—it’s a matter of professional solidarity. In his view, Trump’s campaign to discredit the press has constituted a ‘nonstop national emergency,’ one that required a defiant response. ‘If being at the White House is not an experience that might merit hazard pay,’ he said, ‘then perhaps it is going to be approached differently.’
Well, dear reader, we can breathe easy. Acosta said his showboating during White House press conferences had nothing to do with partisan politics.
Coppins also spoke with Washington Post activist Philip Rucker, who pointed out that the Trump Derangement Syndrome won’t abate if he leaves office. “You’re going to have a former president pretending he really won the election, threatening to run again in 2024,” he said. “You’re going to have a Republican Party torn between Trump allegiance and a desire to cleanse itself of these past four years.”
Of course, no story like this would be complete without including Yamiche Alcindor, another activist masquerading as a journalist for PBC NewsHour. Coppins stated that she told him that she “hopes her colleagues will retain the lessons they’ve learned from covering Trump. The default skepticism toward government officials, the aversion to euphemism, the refusal to accept approved narratives—to Alcindor, these are features of a healthy press, not signs that something is amiss.”
She continued: “When something is racist, we should just say it’s racist,” she insisted. “When someone is lying, we should just say they’re lying.”
It looks like Alcindor recited her lines quite nicely. Of course, anyone with an IQ higher than that of a gnat could tell that the activist has no intention of applying the same standards that she applied to Trump to a Biden administration. Indeed, she will be one of many media sycophants who will suck up to the former vice president as they did with former President Obama.
It is interesting that the author of this piece even wasted time writing it. There was nothing revelatory here; it was nothing more than activist reporters pretending not to be biased. They have been doing this for years even though their bias is evident to everyone who isn’t on the left.
What we can expect going forward under a potential Biden administration is more of the same. Activists with press passes acting as public relations agents for the Democratic Party.