The recent revelation that Politico’s Glenn Thrush described himself as a Democratic “hack” (assuming, of course, the genuineness of the purported message) doesn’t demonstrate liberal media bias.
It demonstrates conservative weakness. It shows conservatives don’t win; conservatives whine.
In any competition, if you are worried more about the impartiality of the referee than your opponent, you… are… losing!
Republicans have mastered this pathetic art — and it’s the major reason for Donald Trump’s appeal. Finally, the base says, a man who (they perceive) actually fights to win! And the refreshing aspect of that battle readiness inspires the base to overlook all his personal demerits.
But getting back to media bias. So Glenn Thrush is a Democratic hack? So what?
Full disclosure: This is no surprise to me. I’ve known Glenn for 25 years, since the days I was his news editor at a college weekly newspaper at Brooklyn College, The Kingsman. He was liberal then, he is liberal now. But it’s very hard to see evidence of bias in his writing. Even if it was there, a smart reader accounts for that as well.
Journalists are in business too. They write to get an audience. Eyeballs matter. And no, it’s not “the job” of journalists to “report the news.” Or to be objective. Those actions drive the credibility which often is the foundation of readership, of circulation and page views. But it isn’t the job of reporters to inform you.
It’s your job to inform yourself!
Conservatives will win by showing a willingness to fight instead of talk, to battle in their neighborhoods instead of social media, and knock on doors instead of keyboards. Conservatives will win by no longer complaining about this moderator or that reporter. Conservatives will win by learning how to develop real facts and articulate messages which appeal to voters and motivate votes and donations, and ignoring their opponents. Conservatives will win by refusing to plan who to blame for the loss, before the game has even started.
Conservatives will only be ready to win, after learning to stop acting like losers.