Washington Post national political correspondent Dave Weigel is, in theory, an objective reporter. Which is to say, he’s supposed to report and analyze the political goings-on in Washington. While some of that may involve giving his opinion on what outcomes are likely in a given situation, his job is not supposed to veer into partisan territory. You know, like taking harsh shots at the millions of Americans who actually support President Donald Trump and his vision for a border wall.
Now we know that it’s a joke in this day and age to expect Washington’s media gatekeepers to even pretend to be objective in their reporting, but what can we say? We’re suckers for a good legend, and we miss the good ol’ days when the mainstream media at least gave a wink and a nod towards the ideology of non-partisan reporting.
Those days are long gone, though, and we suppose we should get used to it. Weigel certainly has. Appearing on the far-left “Chapo Trap House” podcast on Monday, he mused about President Trump’s relationship with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“McConnell didn’t care about the wall… he’s very good at identifying what the rubes want to hear,” Weigel said, “because all he cares about is getting enough judges to strike down campaign-finance law, strike down gun law, strike down health care, etc.
“All of his brilliant tactics are like, ‘What if we don’t have a vote on this? What if we just sit here for two years and don’t have a vote on this?'” Weigel continued. “On the wall, like, ‘What if we don’t do that? What if we just don’t do that? Everyone go away so I can confirm more judges.'”
A spokesman for the Washington Post gave the Daily Caller – the first to report on Weigel’s remarks – some lip service about consequences.
“It’s being handled internally,” the spokesman said. “We do not think our reporters should be using derogatory terms to characterize anyone.”
Wow, could’ve fooled us.