Let me share something sublime with you.
Someone with the Twitter handle “Razor” penned the troll to end all trolls earlier this week when he confirmed well beyond a reasonable doubt that journalism is magical and not at all broken.
“Christian bakers would get less negative news coverage,” said Razor, “if they trained children at a compound how to commit school shootings.”
That one tiny, brilliant sentence filled me with great hope for a bit. Perhaps, if such ruthless wit and wisdom were still there among the people in sufficient quantities, civilization might still have a chance. Because if reason is still a thing in America, that was a kill shot from Razor’s Twitter gun.
But kill shots are in very short supply these days. Except when it comes to innocent babies and cake bakers. Those we’ve got covered.
And in the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate, well, there was indeed a kill shot recently, but it can most accurately be described as a suicide: A resolution passed by unanimous consent — and just the day after “Razor” threw journalism to the ground and gave it the hazing it deserved — that “affirms that the press is not the enemy of the people” and “reaffirms the vital and indispensable role that the free press serves” and “condemns the attacks on the institution of the free press.”
I’m not sure why I have to say this, but just because President Trump goes overboard in one direction doesn’t mean you have to overcompensate in the other direction by genuflecting to an institution that has shown you nothing but hostility and contempt for decades. Are Senate Republicans really so far gone that they read the 300-plus editorials issued Thursday by newspapers begging Trump to stop being mean to them and then thought this would improve their standing in any fundamental way?
I mean, the New York Times just hired a documented bigot named Sarah Jeong to write for it. Remember her? And now Republicans are in essence apologizing to her. Stockholm syndrome called and said, dude, that’s a little pathetic, don’t you think?
And as if on cue, to hammer that point home, the same Twitter that just banned one of my CRTV colleagues also just gave Jeong the coveted blue verification check mark to signal the validity of her unique presence on its platform. Translation: Twitter, with a wink and a nod, wanted to make sure you know it has Jeong’s back and that if you don’t, you suck.