Brian Stelter is one of the very few rays of hope in the blighted Beltway media hellscape.
That said, this is hilarious:
Trump ditches the press pool again
By Brian Stelter & the CNNMoney Media team
This is unacceptable. Donald Trump's press secretary Hope Hicks told journalists that there was a "lid" on Tuesday night -- but then Trump took his family to the 21 Club for dinner. A small group of political journalists, the "press pool," would have been ready to travel with him -- but the pool was not notified. A Bloomberg staffer dining at the restaurant spotted Trump and tweeted a picture, and that's how we all found out where he was...
Until it was far too late, the Beltway media dealt with the rise of an explicitly racist and fascist candidate the same way the dealt with every other Republican atrocity over the last 25 years: by scampering ever deeper into their richly appointed False Equivalence bunker and chalking the whole thing up to The Extremes on Both Sides and the K'rupt Duopoly!
By throwing up their hands, sticking thugs like Corey Lewendowski and con men like Newt Gingrich across the table from a people who are not flagrant, lying lunatics and telling their viewers "You figure it out".
But now that Trump is threatening their privileges and their traditions -- which I agree are very important -- well that is a bridge too fucking far.
Sorry, but no. You were supposed to be our sword in the darkness. You were supposed to be democracy's watcher on the walls. You were supposed to be our shield that guards the land of the free.
And every time you offered us frauds and madmen and gibbering Both Siderists because ratings, you betrayed us. And every time you stayed silent while your colleagues offered up frauds and madmen and gibbering Both Siderists -- every time you sat across the desk from a monster and looked him in the eye and bit your tongue and refused to say the word "monster" because your employer would be displeased -- you deserted your post too.
And speaking of your bosses, I was moved by Chris Hayes' and Rachel Maddow's plea that journalism is now under threat and we need to come to its defense. Mr. Hayes and Ms. Maddow are two more rays of light in a dark world, and I appreciate their positions, but (in yet another question in a long line of them that Mr. Hayes and Ms. Maddow will never answer) I wondered why they were asking us for help.
#inners@allinwithchris@maddow— driftglass (@Mr_Electrico) November 12, 2016
Who is this "we" that's supposed to leap to journalism's defense?
Phil Griffin? Jeff Zucker? Andy Lack?
Shit, Rachel, your bosses at MSNBC are sitting on staggering, unprecedented profits from playing footsie with monsters --
Third-ranked MSNBC, which falls under the larger NBC News umbrella, will have projected earnings of $279.6 million this year, according to Kagan. MSNBC is growing faster in percentage terms than its two much-larger competitors: Its projected profits reflect a 19 percent growth rate over 2015, compared with 14 percent for CNN and 11.3 percent for Fox, according to [SNL Kagan, a media research company]...
-- as are the executives running CNN:
According to people intimately familiar with CNN’s finances, the network and its related media businesses will approach $1 billion in gross profit in 2016, a milestone unseen in its 36-year history...
So before you ask someone like me -- a terminally under-employed nobody who goes through the sofa cushions every week to come up with the scratch to feed his family -- to leap to the defense of your profession, I have to know, when exactly are you planning to take that long walk up to the NBC or CNN executive suites, camera in hand, the ask the men who profited so obscenely from this fiasco what the fuck they are planning to do to defend your profession?