...this is our species on journalism: We're big fans of [the bulk of] Kevin Drum's work. We think his body of work on lead abatement has been about the best work to emerge form the Internet.
That said, today he said this, at the end of a short post. We'll explain below:
DRUM (5/28/20): Is Trump mentally unstable? I don’t know. But he’s sure not mentally all there, is he? What kind of leader decides he can just shut his eyes to a deadly pandemic and instead spend all his time plotting revenge on enemies both real and imagined? Only a mentally deranged one. When will the Republican Party finally realize just what kind of trouble they’ve gotten us into?Within one paragraph, Kevin said this:
He doesn't know if Trump's "mentally unstable." But he does know he's "mentally deranged."
(The headline on the post says this: "Donald Trump Is Mentally Unhinged.")
Our best guess concerning a translation:
Mainstream news orgs won't let their employees discuss Trump's possible mental illness. "Journalistically," it's against the rules to discuss what's right there in front of our faces.
This is our species on journalism! Mental health issues are widely discussed in all other contexts. They just can't be discussed here.
Fuller disclosure: Donald J. Trump, who can't be discussed, holds the nuclear codes.