Woke Media Elites Took a Swing at Beto O’Rourke, and Missed: Liner Notes

My latest column is up at The Federalist, “Beto O’Rourke’s Fundraising Haul Rebukes Media Elites Hating On His Sex And Skin.” It’s about how nakedly political the establishment media became in its coverage of the failed Senate candidate turned presidential candidate. Most media bias is confined to attacking the right; here, it was directed against one of their own, descending into attacking him for being a cisgender white male.

What got left out for space? Mostly details, as my pitch for this piece was a mere sentence in an internal discussion. It was written quickly and pushed through editorial on an expedited basis, given that it’s time-sensitive.

But it’s not entirely time-sensitive. No one should be surprised if Joe Biden gets a similar hazing by the media should he enter the 2020 race. One lesson of this episode should be that Biden need not waste as much valuable time apologizing for his decades-long record as the far-left will demand. Voters will care, or not care — and most will not care. According to a recent Harvard-Harris poll, “Obama Democrat” is the most popular self-descriptor among the rank-and-file:

Biden should simply say that Obama knew about his past record and knew him — and picked him to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. Woke elites want 2020 to be what 2016 was for the GOP — a break from traditional party orthodoxy. Biden ought to welcome that debate head-on.

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