It is from a portion of Chapter 6, "Killing Baby Hitler," in which a media obsessed with stopping Trump, which rationalizes churning out anti-Trump propaganda in the name of stopping a fascist.
Jim Rutenberg of the New York Times had summarized the thinking behind this mass abandonment of principle in an August 8 column, "Trump Is Testing the Norms of Objectivity in Journalism."
From "Trump the Establishment":
Jim Rutenberg, applauded the media for tossing out objectivity in covering Trump.
“If you’re a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation’s worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be dangerous with control of the United States nuclear codes, how the heck are you supposed to cover him?” Rutenberg wrote on August 7.
Wait a second. If you believe all those things, then you should not be covering him because your bias is too strong to provide the objectivity the public deserves.
But Rutenberg openly advocated treating Trump like baby Hitler.
“It would also be an abdication of political journalism’s most solemn duty: to ferret out what the candidates will be like in the most powerful office in the world. It may not always seem fair to Mr. Trump or his supporters. But journalism shouldn’t measure itself against any one campaign’s definition of fairness,” Rutenberg wrote.
He called for abandoning fairness by saying the times were abnormal. But be the times normal or abnormal, the rules should apply because of one little question: What if the reporter was wrong?
Indeed, what if instead of stopping Hitler, you were stopping Hindenburg, the only man to stop the real Hitler? What if neither candidate was Hitler? What if the election were about ideas?
Howard Kurtz, the in-house media critic for Fox News, wrote a lengthy rebuttal to Rutenberg the next day, but he needed only eleven words: “Tilting against one candidate in a presidential election cannot be justified.”
By and large, the press felt Trump’s words were worse than Clinton’s actions, which included voting for two wars and bombing Libya. Why not? They worked with words, and the press believed they were more important than people who actually did things.
Besides, treating Trump like Hitler was illogical.
Trump’s oldest daughter, Ivanka, converted to Judaism when she married Jared Kushner. They raised as Jewish their three children—Trump’s grandchildren. In 2014, Kushner presided over Eric Trump’s marriage to Lara Yunaska. Kushner told the bride, “You are not just gaining a family you are getting 6 million Twitter followers.”
And the title of the next Hitler’s daughter-in-law.
Democrats had been calling Republican presidential candidates Hitler since at least 1948, when Democratic president Truman defeated Republican Thomas Dewey.
“Speaking before 23,000 of the Democratic faithful at Chicago Stadium, Truman compared Dewey to Adolf Hitler as a front man for fascism,” Steve Neal wrote in the Chicago Tribune on October 26, 1980.
“Dewey, however, would not trade punches with Truman.”
And Dewey would not be president. Who wants a punching bag as president? The Donald did not just trade punches—he punched back twice as hard.
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