David Remnick, editor and staff writer for The New Yorker, wrote an impassioned but analytical autopsy of the 2016 presidential election, which saw the unlikely victory of the most unqualified person ever to win the presidency.
In his article titled “An American Tragedy,” the editor described Trump’s victory as “a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism.”
Remnick also touched on the media’s current efforts to downplay what this election says about Americans and their values.
“In the coming days, commentators will attempt to normalize this event. They will try to soothe their readers and viewers with thoughts about the “innate wisdom” and “essential decency” of the American people. They will downplay the virulence of the nationalism displayed, the cruel decision to elevate a man who rides in a gold-plated airliner but who has staked his claim with the populist rhetoric of blood and soil.”
During an interview on CNN, Remnick once again touched on the media’s attempt to “normalize” what will go down in history as a significant step back in American democracy. In citing one example, Remnick described British writer Conrad Black’s whitewashing of Trump’s character as “a hallucination.”
In citing one example, Remnick described fellow panelist British writer Conrad Black’s whitewashing of Trump’s character as “a hallucination.”
“When I listen to Conrad Black describe Donald Trump, I think I’m hallucinating. When I hear him described as not a sexist, not a racist, not playing on white fears, no arousing hate. When he’s describing a kind of normalized way someone in absolute possession of policy, knowledge, as someone who’s somehow in the acceptable range of rhetoric. I think I’m hallucinating. And I fear for our country. And I don’t think it’s unreasonable to do so.”
The author went on to explain how Americans should be outraged over Russia’s role in perhaps tilting our presidential election in Trump’s favor.
"It's a hallucination." Two minutes of David Remnick on how we're already normalizing the Trump presidency. pic.twitter.com/M9VgrbnPLG
— Peter Lattman (@peterlattman) November 13, 2016
Of course, Remnick is right. Fox News was one of the first major news networks to “normalize” everything about candidate Trump, from his rhetoric to his questionable staffing decisions. It now seems that the so-called “liberal” or “mainstream” media will start following suit, although hopefully not to the same extent as Fox News.
They don’t want to be labeled as “unfair” or “biased” against soon to be President Trump, who will undoubtedly base which network(s) he plans to frequent by the amount of favorable or unfavorable coverage they give him.
In summary, Remnick points out that we should not sacrifice truth and honesty for the sake of hollow reconciliation. And he’s right.
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