I’m going to take a wild guess and say that nobody in what passes for the mainstream media saw the tsunami coming, the wave of discontent that we witnessed on Election Day.
I’m sure there were one or two journalists who said something like, “Of course, Trump must be taken seriously because, as we all know (ha-ha) he could win.” But I’m pretty sure that’s not what they were saying privately. And how many thought Donald Trump would win and the GOP would hang onto both the House and the Senate? I’ll be generous and say it was a number slightly greater than zero.
It’s no secret that reporters were rooting for Hillary Clinton. All that was missing were buttons on their coats saying, “I’m with her.” As Will Rahn nicely put it on the CBS News website: “Had Hillary Clinton won, there’d be a winking ‘we did it’ feeling in the press, a sense that we were brave and called Trump a liar and saved the republic.”
The media elite thought she was right when she said half of Trump supporters belonged in a basket of deplorables. They thought if his minions weren’t racist or sexist, they were, you know, not too smart.
So, on Election Day, voters fed up with the arrogance of the elites didn’t only reject Hillary Clinton — or Barack Obama and his legacy, or big swatches of liberal culture in general — they also rejected the liberal media elite, the ones who thought they were smarter and better than ordinary Americans.
All of this got me thinking about something I wrote in my 2003 book, “Arrogance,” in a chapter entitled “Lose the Enablers”:
“It’s not just a cliche. Confession really is good for the soul. So now it’s time to move on.
“Alcoholics need to smash the bottle. Druggies need to flush their stuff down the toilet. And the media elites need to leave New York City. Simple as that!”
I went on to say, “There are too many enablers in New York, too many liberals whom the media elites are shamelessly trying to please.”
And the enablers, I wrote, “keep telling their friends that they don’t have a bias problem, that they’re doing just fine, that only those right-wing nuts think there’s a liberal bias problem in the news.”
So what to do? Here’s what I suggested: “I have come up with a list of five very nice places in this great country of ours, any one of which would be a good choice for ABC, NBC and CBS to locate their new worldwide news division headquarters, far from New York City.”
I suggested, Tupelo, Mississippi, or Mitchel, South Dakota, or Oklahoma City, or Indianapolis, or Laughlin, Nevada.
I could have picked a hundred different cities and towns. The places I settled on mattered only because they were not (New