No tool has done a better job than Twitter of confirming the Right’s long-held belief that the news media has a deeply ingrained anti-Republican bias. There’s something about the social media platform that encourages partisan commentary from members of the straight news side of the press, and they pretty consistently take the same position.
Take, for example, this brief interaction Wednesday featuring Politico co-founder and Editor-in-Chief John Harris.
Political commentator and Director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics Larry Sabato tweeted an NBC News story titled, “White nationalist leader is plotting to 'take over the GOP.'" Harris then responded on Twitter, “Thought that job had been filled.....”
Thought that job had been filled..... https://t.co/35GUSXGhWU— John F. Harris (@harrispolitico) October 17, 2018
Get it? Because President Trump is a white nationalist or something.
What would possess an editor-in-chief of a supposed straight news organization to say something like this out loud on a public forum? It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world ... but for retweets?
Anyway, for no reason at all, here’s Newsbuster’s Tim Graham with a relevant flashback to a 2006 article quoting a certain former Washington Post political editor as saying “old media” are the guardians of “rhetorical restraint.”
“There are professional standards of evidence, balance, and rhetorical restraint in old media that simply do not exist in new media,” the newspaper editor said in response to a question about why he thinks CNN, the New York Times, and the Washington Post are better than Fox News, the Drudge Report, etc.
The Post editor who said this 12 years ago was none other than John Harris. What a difference a few presidential cycles make.