We’re on roll in terms of saying things we think ought to be said. Yes, we’re being very critical. We rationalize it with the memory of something our parents, mentors and coaches would say after yelling at us for doing something stupid. They’d say: “If we didn’t care, if we didn’t think there was still hope, we wouldn’t bother to scold you.”
So, lovingly, let us upbraid some prominent journalists for forgetting themselves today. Good journalists, really good ones, were totally biased against a candidate who announced for president.
OK, it was only Twitter. And, yeah, it was Trump. The Donald. The guy with the Hair. The guy with the ego. The guy who…
None of that is supposed to matter. At least at the onset, he’s supposed to be afforded a fair shot. He’s supposed to receive some straight reporting at least on Day 1.
He got anything but. And the worst offender, by far, was NY1’s Errol Louis. He’s a guy who prides himself on being a serious journalist, but he was all snide and snark and arrogance and bias. How else does one explain more than a dozen disparaging tweets or retweets about Trump. Here’s a sampling:
“Trump enters race in bizarre speech”
“Isn’t bizarre redundant in connex 2 any Trump speech?”
“Does Trump hair have a twitter account?”
It wasn’t just the normally respectful Louis who lost himself today.
Michael Barbaro of the Times tweeted: “Feel sorry for reporters covering Trump announcement.”
Michael Luo of the Times said: “Politico beat us on Trump announcement. Heads should roll.”
David Freelander of the Daily Beast said: “Can’t decide whether to keep watching or pour hot sauce in my eyes.”
Freedlander followed up his wise ass comment with a supposedly erudite one: “Watching Trump, reminded of how dystopic satirical political movies of last 40 years have been eclipsed by actual events.”
There was even Time Mag’s Mark Halprin: “This (picture of assembled reporters) is why Trump says and does all the dumb shit he does.”
Just twitter. Just Trump. Just having some fun.
No. It was wrong. It got way out of hand. It’s not what good journalists are supposed to do.