The Press Has Learned Nothing

The CPAC conference has always been a disgusting parade of the most loathsome conservative bigots, but it's now become such a straight-up Nazified nightmare, I'm not sure there's a convincing argument to cover it, even despite the president and vice-president making appearances.

At minimum, the CPAC conference should not be covered uncritically — its speakers just broadcast without commentary. If there is to be coverage, it should be carefully structured and bookended with informed, expert analysis that places the threats to a pluralistic, democratic society in their proper context.

Lingering on Trump's empty podium in preparation for his address, which will be a full-tilt nightmare of vile lies and dangerous advocacies, is the precise opposite of what a responsible press outlet should be doing.

Shakesville is run as a safe space. First-time commenters: Please read Shakesville's Commenting Policy and Feminism 101 Section before commenting. We also do lots of in-thread moderation, so we ask that everyone read the entirety of any thread before commenting, to ensure compliance with any in-thread moderation. Thank you.

blog comments powered by Disqus