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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Anyone care to be the Washington Post's token Trumpkin?

I see where the Washington Post is looking for a pro-Trump columnist. ("Mainstream media puts out the call for pro-Trump columnists.") Its roster of fifty political columnists includes not one person who voted for President Trump. Now the newspaper wants a token Trumpkin to save its reputation.

Too damned bad.

Being all-in for Hillary is now a problem for a newspaper that wants to be a power in a nation where 62,904,682 voted for Trump -- where Trump carried thirty states. But the problem cannot be fixed by hiring me or anyone else as a token Trumpkin.

We saw what happened when the paper hired Kathleen Parker and Jennifer Rubin. They became the go-to conservatives to bash other conservatives for daring to act conservative.

The Washington Post and every other newspaper in the country is in trouble because they DEMANDED readers vote for Hillary, and readers in thirty states flipped them the bird. The credibility of Trump-bashing newspapers is gone for at least a generation.

These newspapers need to hire openly Trumpkin reporters because that is where your Trumpkin columnists emerge. Most newspaper columnists begin by covering fires. When they fail to do that properly, they write feature stories. When they screw up there, they are given columns.

But newsrooms are the most conformist place on Earth. I am sure on Election Night the people on the copy desks across America cheered when they thought Her Royal Clintonness would rule. Then about 9:30 p.m. Eastern, the newsrooms became quiet and by 10 p.m., they were some of the saddest places on Earth.

Was there any reporter, photographer, editor, or techie at the Washington Post who openly cheered Trump's victory?

Of course not.

You cannot show your politics in the newsroom unless it is for Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton or any other Democrat on the approved list.

The people covering Hillary were all pro-Hillary. So were those covering Trump. See? Equal coverage.

Now that the election is over, the newspapers are looking for pro-Trump columnists.

From the Washington Post:
“We struggled to find voices that could advocate for Donald Trump’s ideas,” said James Bennet, the New York Times’ editorial-page editor. “It was really unusual. It didn’t help that the conservative intelligentsia lined up against him.” But Bennet says Trump’s campaign contributed to the imbalance: “He didn’t have the people around him who were prepared to put together his arguments” for publication.
Lynn Hicks, the Des Moines Register’s opinion editor, found a parallel at his newspaper, the lar­gest in the swing state that wound up going for Trump. “Given that almost all of our Republican leadership in Iowa supported Trump, I kept waiting for [supportive op-ed] pieces to arrive,” Hicks said. “I’m still waiting.”
Those free op-ed columns did not come because Republicans in Iowa do not need the Des Moines Register.

This is the newspaper that DEMANDED Trump drop out a month after he entered the race. What a loathsome editorial and I am so glad that newspaper now reaps what it sowed.

From the Washington Post:
USA Today may have been the only large newspaper to buck the general trend. It published Trump-supportive columns from law professor and Instapundit founder Glenn Reynolds and regular contributor James Robbins. It also went right to the source: It persuaded Trump; his running mate, Mike Pence; and Trump surrogate Rudolph W. Giuliani to write guest columns. As the new administration takes shape, editorial page editor Bill Sternberg said the paper is looking for more contributions from those “who agree with Trump on specific issues.”
That was not by happenstance. USA Today has done its editorial page right over the years, and Professor Reynolds has been one of its best finds.

I am not calling for a boycott by Trumpkin columnists. Do what you want. But a token will not salvage anyone's reputation.

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30 comments:

  1. "...Professor Reynolds has been one of its best funds." Missed it by one letter/finger, as u and i are adjacent, giving me the opportunity to use that word in a sentence (Ten years in the slammer, in the cell adjacent to the biggest, baddest guy there!).

    OK, who would want now to be associated with the WaPo?

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  2. Alert: Tokens are no longer in use on subways nor will they get a ride in print either.

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  3. Trump noted that the DM Register is a terrible newspaper. I will second the motion! Extreme far-left kookiness, not worth the paper it's printed on, comes in handy mebbe after a successful day of MS River striped bass or walleye pike fishing.

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  4. Smug James Bennett's intelligentsia are still trying to pull their heads out of their arses. A group of Chardonnay sipping, pipe smoking, elbow patch wearing losers don't talk or think to or for me. I'll stick with my country bumpkin crowd.

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  5. Their clicks are going down which in turn is causing an ad problem. Not only don't I read any of their articles (even if offered free) but I don't even click on their "front page" to see what kind of agitprop they are spinning for the day. I simply don't care or even find it relevant. If a news junkie like me is doing this they must be getting desperate. I hope Bezos "investment" turns into a bottomless and completely worthless money pit.
    Elliott

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  6. But gosh, Don, think of the benefits of you coming out of retirement to work for the WP.

    Soon your journalism will acquire that shrill Leftie screech, as if you were having your ears, or possibly your tongue, pierced.

    Take some of your work home with you, and your roses and cabbages will start growing gangbusters.

    Hey, you might even win their coveted Tokyo Rose award.

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  7. WAPO: "It didn’t help that the conservative intelligentsia lined up against him."

    Well, there you have it: these poor schlubs think "Intelligensia" equals "intelligent" - an oxymoron if ever there was.

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    1. Not only are the "conservative intelligentsia" not intelligent, they're also not conservative; a double whammy!

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  8. It's not just newspapers and universities. University health megacorporations are just as bad. When I was negotiating my retirement the COO asked me out of the blue (the only person I had told I was for Trump was our office manager -- just figured that one out) if I wasn't scared Trump might not do something drastic. She had no business discussing politics with me. Totally inappropriate. If a conservative had done something like that they would've been dragged in front of one of those university kangaroo courts. These people are absolute pigs.

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  9. Don, I think you would be a great addition (if the Wage is right!) to any lefty newspaper. Make sure you get a good severance package negotiated up front! Let your self completely free on their dime, be the true conservative mole who careth not for the feelings of the rest of the paper.

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    1. I agree! Don Surber would be great. And if he gets any madder (that righteous anger is really showing this week!), he might could take on the whole newsroom in a cage match and win easy LOL

      But I don't believe WaPo or any other such papers are really serious. I think they want a patsy. WaPo's NeverTrump staff are even now, still drowning in their own vitriol from the slander and outright lies they keep telling about everyone who voted for President Trump as well as about The Man himself.

      I'm reminded of other kinds of jobs, whether a local owner or a Washington State Orchardist or a huge corporation like Disney: any time any employer complains that they can't find people to do whatever job... it nearly always means the employer wants a highly educated slave to work at their beck and call with no reliable pay or schedule, instead of a capable, responsible person worth a full-time living wage in a permanent job.

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  10. Only if the editor and publisher each kiss you ass every day in public. Besides who wants to a company going our of business.

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  11. https://youtu.be/ZzTv1JaSWNw crowd reaction to Trump at the game

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  12. Google is also looking for a ""Conservative Outreach Manager" aka The Deplorable Whisperer.

    I looked at the job requirements and they're essentially looking for someone who, in essence, has a degree in "Deplorable Studies." I LMAO'ed at it because they are absolutely clueless.

    What all these Enemedia types are looking for is a Jane Goodall. Someone who will venture out into the Heart of Redness to observe The Deplorables and try to communicate with them. It will be a failure because whoever they hire will not be able to accomplish the job because they are viewing the situation through their Ultraviolet tinted glasses. They won't be able to understand because they would have to drop their ignorant, arrogant biases.

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    1. they don't want a columnist, but an anthropologist.

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  13. The job comes with a built in hostile work environment.

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    1. Yeah, Jo. I would take a job hauling out euthanized dogs before I took a job for The Washington Post. I thought Bezos would reform that fish wrap but it seems to be turning out he's like all in. Guess what, Jeff? No Christmas orders from me this year. Hello, QVC!

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    2. It will be difficult to write while wearing a triple-thick Kevlar vest behind barbed wire.

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  14. Im not sure why any Trump supporter would want to work in what would amount to the most hostile work environment on earth.

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    1. If I didn't have to step into the newsroom and file my columns by email I'd take the job. I've spent 23+ years in newsrooms; it would be a pleasure to pick up the pen again.

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  15. I live in Des Moines. Ironically, the Register now includes sections of USAtoday. Guess which gets read in our household. Except the Obits. The Register still does a good job there.

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    1. Of course the Register does well with obits. The left always keeps track of their new voters.

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    2. Of course the Register does well with obits. The left always keeps track of their new voters.

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  16. They can just carry Ann Coulter's column. Her book, Adios America, influenced Trump's immigration policy AND she was the first to call the election for Trump after his Mexican rapist speech that everyone else was denouncing Trump except the American people.

    If she's too caucasian for the Washington Post then I suggest Milo Yiannopoulos. He's a Greek/Jewish conservative and knows all about the alt-right to boot.

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  17. Personally I don't think Emperor Bezos cares about having a really profitable toy but the WaPo is really a home town paper writing about bureaucrats and their careers so it needs access. A solid record of Trump hate will not be helpful. The position is not meant to be serious.

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  18. Heh. Romney might be a fit for them.

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  19. "But a token will not salvage anyone's reputation." It may well savage the token's reputation!

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  20. "But a token will not salvage anyone's reputation." It may well savage the token's reputation!

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