In a span of 24 hours, NBC’s Tom Brokaw and columnists Joe Klein and David Brooks — three denizens of the media Establishment — showed the country exactly why Donald Trump has such strong support.
In their own special ways, the three men proved the extent to which the Establishment bubble in which they live is so utterly removed from the experience of everyday Americans. According to Brokaw, pesky common folks are getting all worked up over nothing. “There’s a … fear out there that’s not entirely justified,” said Brokaw on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday.
But Brokaw was positively generous compared to Klein. Trump supporters are “low-information voters … [whose] anger is self-indulgent,” Klein railed on Charlie Rose Tuesday night. “Things aren’t so bad here,” he insisted.
Unjustified? Self-indulgent? The middle class is dying. Its share of net income is lower than it’s been in years, hovering close to 1972 levels. America’s manufacturing base has been gutted, and tens of thousands of jobs outsourced overseas, as a result of bad free trade deals.
When an American does find work, he must compete with a legion of illegal aliens willing to do the same job for pennies on the dollar. ISIS has reached America, posing physical threats to compliment the financial peril posed by other arrivals from overseas.
But don’t worry, Messrs. Brokaw and Klein say things aren’t so bad! We can all just pipe down and let those who clearly know better than we continue running the country for the benefit of their corporate friends and global financial interests.
More stunning than Brokaw’s and Klein’s arrogant condescension is The New York Times’ token “conservative” David Brooks’ apparent complete detachment from political reality. In a sycophantic love letter to Obama, Brooks laments a “decline in behavioral standards” during this campaign that has made him miss the current president.
“The first and most important of these is basic integrity,” Brooks says, in a claim no doubt guaranteed to win him plaudits from liberal friends and cocktail parties.
Got that? The man who lied and said that “if you like the doctor you have, you can keep him” in order to get Obamacare passed has basic integrity.
“The Obama administration has been remarkably scandal-free,” Brooks continued. Obama and staff “have generally behaved with basic rectitude.” Brooks has conveniently forgotten that great Clinton-related scandals in recent years concern things Queen Clinton did whilst working for Obama.
“Obama’s basic approach is to promote his values as much as he can within the limits of the situation,” Brooks asserts. But the limits of any president’s situation are checks and balances put in place by the Constitution, and Obama has repeatedly rode roughshod over these, issuing endless executive actions.
“Obama radiates … integrity, humanity, good manners and elegance that I’m beginning to miss … regardless of who replaces him,” Brooks finishes. Meantime, he skates over the tremendous harm Obama’s policies have done the American people as their health insurance premiums rise, workforce participation drops, and the economy grows during Obama’s term at less than one percent.
Brokaw, Brooks and Klein exemplify not only the disconnect between the Establishment and mainstream America, but also the extent to which the media bear responsibility for the outsider insurgency now rocking both political parties.
It’s bad enough that politicians don’t govern in the interests of the American people. That the so-called free press would stand by and let them, even cover for them, is reprehensible to most Americans.