Give my regards to Broadway–and my middle finger to vice president-elect Mike Pence
From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:
It’s bad enough to have to spend around $700 per ticket to take in a Broadway show these days. It’s even worse when the rest of the audience boos you roundly when you walk into the theater, and the cast afterwards decides to give you a stern lecture instead of entertaining the way they’re supposed to.
But the worst of all is when the mainstream press turns you–and your boss who comes to your defense–into the villains of the incident. And I thought liberals were supposed to sympathize with the victims of bullying, not the bulliers themselves.
Yup, the Washington Post’s Sunday coverage of last Friday’s public humiliation of vice president-elect Mike Pence just because he made the mistake of attending a performance of the Broadway musical Hamilton was nothing short of astounding. An astounding display of op-ed ranting substituting for actual news reporting–and of the extent to which America’s press is so far into the liberal tank that it risks drowning. We already knew the latter, of course, but it’s nice to have a laboratory demonstration.
Just for starters, the Post ran not one but two stories about the already slightly stale Pence incident, one of them of them on its front page. And, just in case Post readers might miss something, the Post quoted the onstage dressing-down that Pence received from Hamilton actor Victor Dixon not once but twice–also on the front page.
Here is how Post “reporter” Philip Rucker led off Story #1:
“Mike Pence was elected vice president by a coalition of mostly white voters nostalgic for what they thought of as the good old days in America and galvanized by promises to deport millions of undocumented immigrants.”
Isn’t the story supposed to be about the Hamilton incident, not Rucker’s random ideas about white people and how they voted?
Rucker then quotes Dixon’s yada-yada speech to Pence about how “alarmed and anxious” Hamilton‘s well-compensated actors about the damage that Pence and president-elect Donald Trump will do to “our planet” and “our children” by not being “diverse” enough or whatever. But then Rucker can’t wait to return to his true topic:
“The remarkable moment crystallized the cleavage wrought by a toxic presidential campaign, in which millions of aggrieved white Americans propelled Donald Trump and Pence to the White House and left millions of others — blacks and Latinos, gays and lesbians, Muslims and Jews — fearful of what might become of their country.”
Read the whole thing here.