Quotes From the Media's Declaration of War on Trump

Everyone's passing around the roundup of quotes from Election Day. Mostly for the schadenfreude of moments like this.

Reza Aslan: I went into a panic attack and couldn't breathe.

Rebecca Traister: I felt so alone, I knew it was done. I was by myself on the floor. I started to cry.

Zara Rahim: There were die-hard Hillary supporters that were like, “We’re not going.” Folks who were sobbing and literally couldn’t move because they were so distraught. I remember pieces of memorabilia on the floor, little Hillary pins and “I believe that she will win” placards.

Rebecca Traister: People were throwing up. People were on the floor crying.

But as fun as that is, two other quotes stand out for me.

Jorge Ramos: I've been to wars, I've covered the most difficult situations in Latin America. But I needed to digest and to understand what had happened. I came home very late. I turned on the news. I had comfort food—cookies and chocolate milk—the same thing I used to have as a kid in Mexico City. After that, I realized that I had been preparing all my life for this moment. Once I digested what had happened with Trump and had a plan, which was to resist and report and not be neutral, then I was able to go to bed.

David Remnick: We agreed that night, and we agree today, that the Trump presidency is an emergency. And in an emergency, you've got a purpose, a job to do, and ours is to put pressure on power. That's always the highest calling of journalism, but never more so than when power is a constant threat to the country and in radical opposition to its values and its highest sense of itself.

Most conservatives are probably familiar with Ramos. Remnick is the editor of the New Yorker.

Ramos and Remnick are saying exactly what most conservatives believe the media thinks. That they're an opposition party. Remnick is a bit more clever about wording it, but it comes down to the same thing.

Trump is an urgent threat to lefty values and the media must fight him.

But the same media that puts out stuff like this, also acts outraged when conservatives refuse to trust its anonymous sources and hit pieces. The media refuses to be objective and yet it demands trust from its political opponents.

 

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