Part 8—The year of liberal loathing: Within the journalistic realm, the year just past is now being widely described as "The Year of the Liberal."
Experts are citing 2015 as the year when it became clear—the liberal world has agreed to dumb itself way, way down. Also, as the year when the liberal world threw itself into full embrace of tribal narrative and script.
In fairness, 2015 was also a year of tremendous mainstream breakdown. It was the year of Brian Williams' suspension, the culmination of decades of self-mythologizing by major NBC News TV stars.
It was the year of various astounding breakdowns at the New York Times, ranging from the coverage of Beau Biden's last few nouns to the utterly pitiful, front-page coverage of the DeflateGate matter.
Also, the famous newspaper's sprawling tale of the scary uranium deal, an embarrassing journalistic mess which was hailed as a journalistic "bombshell" by corporate cable news liberals. Did we mention the dumbing down of the liberal world?
Given the typical mainstream disasters, was 2015 really the year of the liberal? We tend to agree with the many experts who are now making that claim. That said:
In our last few days on the topic, we want to introduce one last final key theme. We want to note the way 2015 was the year of liberal loathing.
What do experts and academics mean when they make this challenging claim? For one tiny example, let's look at something Spike Lee was quoted saying in yesterday's New York Times.
We choose Spike Lee for an obvious reason—he's sensible, decent and smart. He's talented and manifestly sane. He's socially concerned and he's funny.
As far as we know, Spike Lee is a thoroughly good and decent person, as are many people. And yet, despite those admirable traits, he made the remarks shown below in an interview which occurred shortly after the end of the year 2015.
Lee spoke with the Times' Cara Buckley:
BUCKLEY (2/1/16): There seems to be no common ground right now. Every time Obama talks about guns, sales spike.Using a very destructive old word, Lee said "they" want to do a long list of terrible things. He wasn't asked who he meant by "they." Buckley didn't seem to feel a need to clarify the point.
LEE: Or there's a mass shooting. After San Bernardino, they went up.
It's called scare tactics. I don't think anything good comes out of people using fear, whether it be Mussolini or Hitler.
Trump too. What's his motto? ''Make America great again''? Those are code words. It's like, all right, let's put the blacks back in their place where they used to be. You know what, why not go all the way? Let's bomb churches, let's bring back Bull Connor, let's have water cannons, let's have German shepherds. You might as well. They want to rewind the clock. It's not just black folks; women too. Let's rewind when white men were in control.
Who wants to do all those terrible things? Based on the context of his remarks, Lee almost seemed to mean Trump voters. Or he may have meant all those people who go out and buy all those guns.
Whatever! Neither he nor Buckley seemed to feel that his statement needed to be fleshed out.
Spike Lee is good and smart and decent and funny. He also says that a group of people want to do a lot of terrible things.
Buckley didn't ask who he meant. She didn't seem to feel the need. Apparently, her editors weren't journalistically troubled either. At the Times, this apparently seemed like a perfectly sensible type of thing to say.
Experts are now describing this sort of thing as an expression of "liberal loathing." According to this growing collection of professors and scientists, this cultural practice metastasized during "the year of the liberal," by which they mean 2015.
Spike Lee is good and decent and funny and smart. Having said that, let us also say this:
Who is he talking about?
Tomorrow: In search of the soul of Trump voters