Dispatches from DC
Very well-written. And not negative or blatantly biased, which is like balm to the wound that is our politics today. My favorite lines: ‘I believe it is absolutely essential that we journalists keep open minds and get to know players on both sides of the political aisle and treat them both fairly. The tribalism that currently exists (and on this Navarro is right) has got to go. If journalists don’t talk to both sides—and more importantly, listen to both sides—then why would we expect more of our gridlocked politicians?‘
A-freaking-men to that! Thank you for saying it. It’s beyond obvious at this point: the political tribalism is eating us alive. We need to bridge the chasm between us. The only way to do that is to find our way back to some semblance of honesty and unbiased (or less biased) reporting. Both sides are guilty here but I must say (and I vote left) the far left is the worst. Course I am fiercely critical of Wokeism, as my Substack newsletter discusses.
Very nicely done, and I'm impressed with Ward's (correct) view that journalists have to (truly) hear and absorb both sides. But an objection: extremist right wing book parties are not a good place to learn why normal people voted for Trump. After he was elected, everyone rended their garments wondering how such a moron could beat their queen. They. said oh, we failed to spend time outside of the beltway. They then proceeded to spend the next 5 years in the beltway.
Trump is not al MAGA. I never voted for him either time, but being from the Midwest, I understand people who did. The only group as contemptible as the crowd at the Navarro party is the one who would attend a Huma Abedin book party or the like.
As for the Federalist Society, how can they possibly be more extreme as the modern day ACLU? And too bad she missed Enrich's party. I read the book and adhere to my comment to Ward's interview with him. He has zero understanding of the legal profession or his pinata, Jones Day.
This all reminds me of the wonderful Wolfe story, Radical Chic.
You are a magician. How can you make me sympathize with Peter Navarro?
Well written and reported, as usual.