Friday, October 14, 2022

Well What Are You Going To Do About It

I always come back to this anecdote told by I don't remember who (someone on Obama's staff), about the way reporters treated McConnell refusing to give Garland a hearing for SCOTUS. Essentially, instead of treating it as a kind of unprecedented power play by Mitch, their questions were all basically of the sort in the title.

And, ok, there's always a point to be made about the asymmetric ways reporters treat Republicans (just a force of nature, impressed by their power, no judgment about their actions) and Democrats (whoa, whoa, must behave, responsible for even the things they aren't responsible for, must solve the problems the Republicans caused even as we mock them for trying). 

But, also, it isn't the reporter's job to make the case for you. What are you going to do about it?