Extreme times call for extreme measures, but the Beltway press just isn’t willing to make that move in the Trump era. As a consequence, the news media fail to accurately capture the radical changes now underway in the country, and how today’s Republican Party has become purposefully untethered from reality.
Donald Trump remains a resolutely radical player who has eviscerated decades of protocols and traditions. Yet so much of the press refuses to cover him that way, opting instead to cling to Beltway traditions for how presidents are normally covered (i.e. We can’t call him a liar!). But as the high-profile impeachment hearings confirm (along with Trump’s recent disastrous and embarrassing trip to the NATO summit), new and bolder language is needed to accurately describe what’s transpiring.