There’s hope for American journalism yet

What’s this? Principles? Taking a stand? I am thankful for Charles Blow. He doesn’t hold back at all in his criticism of Donald Trump’s recent meeting with the NY Times.

The very idea of sitting across the table from a demagogue who preyed on racial, ethnic and religious hostilities and treating him with decorum and social grace fills me with disgust, to the point of overflowing. Let me tell you here where I stand on your “I hope we can all get along” plea: Never.

You are an aberration and abomination who is willing to do and say anything — no matter whom it aligns you with and whom it hurts — to satisfy your ambitions.

I don’t believe you care much at all about this country or your party or the American people. I believe that the only thing you care about is self-aggrandizement and self-enrichment. Your strongest allegiance is to your own cupidity.

Here are our next few years: one long and consistent struggle.

No, Mr. Trump, we will not all just get along. For as long as a threat to the state is the head of state, all citizens of good faith and national fidelity — and certainly this columnist — have an absolute obligation to meet you and your agenda with resistance at every turn.

I know this in my bones, and for that I am thankful.


  1. Nullifidian says

    I hope that an ‘accident’ * doesn’t befall Charles Blow. And I hope he keeps his job at the NYT. He’s a brave & principled man.

    * That’s how much of a low-life I think Trump the Chump is.

  2. says

    I have not only an ethical and professional duty to call out how obscene your very existence is at the top of American government; I have a moral obligation to do so.

    Yes. If only more journalists would realize this.

  3. Matrim says

    You are an aberration

    That part is demonstrably false, he is the logical end result of years of appealing to the worst aspects of our culture.

  4. says

    Blow is consistent. But he’s an opinion columnist, he doesn’t have anything to do with how the NYT covers the news. Can you imagine if Hillary Clinton had settled a fraud lawsuit for $25 million or the Clinton Foundation admitted to self dealing? The entire edition of the paper would consist of nothing else. It would even be the major focus of the sports and food sections. Instead we get one brief article blandly acknowledged that each of these things happened, and down the memory hole it goes.

  5. Silver Fox says

    I can find nothing to fault in Blow’s logic. But the sad truth is that too many people are already trying to ‘normalize’ Trump. I had lunch with some friends yesterday, all of whom are very liberal and voted for HRC, and I was surprised at how willing they are to give Trump a chance. I understand that we all need to live our lives and how emotionally and psychologically draining it is to stay in a rage state all of the time, but the sense of nervous capitulation around that table hit me hard. I heard things like: See, he’s already moderating his campaign promises; Maybe this election will energize the younger people who sat it out or voted third party and they’ll come out in droves in 2018 and we’ll take back the senate; We all have to work together now, we only have one president at a time; Clinton was the wrong candidate, we never should have nominated her, it’s the DNC’s fault for anointing her in the first place; Perhaps he’ll surround himself with level-headed people and we won’t have a trade war with China; The nuclear code thing is a worry, but what can you do? and so forth.

    I don’t know if the so-called nascent Resistance will have legs because a lot depends on what Trump’s actual policies will be. But from what I see from my vantage point I’m not encouraged. Many people have rushed through the stages of grief and are now at acceptance. As for me, I haven’t made it there yet. I’m still angry as hell.

  6. robro says

    I read this yesterday when my wife posted it to FaceBook. Blow struck exactly the right tone. I think his position at the NYT is relatively safe as there is no love-loss between the NYT and Trump. As my wife put it, “They hate him.” Perhaps, or they just see him for the low-life scum that he is.

  7. unclefrogy says

    I am trying to read that whole article but I am so appalled by it and the guy who is the subject I can’t just steamroller through it.
    So this guy who is the subject, he says he is a liberal writes propaganda for the alt-right because he wants to show them up for believing his made up crap which it seems he is unable to do but he keeps writing it anyway and is making $120K from it.
    so it is some kind of conciliation that the propaganda that is helping to bring about the fascist takeover of the U.S. is being written by some one who believes in democracy and does not support fascism in his heart?

    uncle frogy

  8. mostlymarvelous says

    @9 I did – finally – get through it on the first try. Make a coffee, read, drink some coffee, read, fidget a bit, read, faff about a lot, read some more.

    He seemed to have the moral compass of a not very nice 11 year old. Yeah, yeah, chuckle, I know it’s not a good thing, snigger, but I mean well, really I do. Laugh a bit while shuffling your feet. Shuffling your feet to show a bit of discomfort or embarrassment isn’t really enough.

  9. mykroft says

    Because so many people have questions about what Trump will do as President, he has proposed a new cabinet position (Secretary of Truth), and nominated Kyle Messinger to run the new organization. If you have questions regarding how Trump will treat minorities, see Kyle. If you want to find out how to become a real Trump administration supporter, see Kyle. Anything you want to know about the Trump administration and its policies, see Kyle.