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11-11-2016, 09:16 AM
Nothing worse than smug.


It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that, with a few exceptions, we were all tacitly or explicitly #WithHer, which has led to a certain anguish in the face of Donald Trump’s victory. More than that and more importantly, we also missed the story, after having spent months mocking the people who had a better sense of what was going on.

This is all symptomatic of modern journalism’s great moral and intellectual failing: its unbearable smugness. Had Hillary Clinton won, there’s be a winking “we did it” feeling in the press, a sense that we were brave and called Trump a liar and saved the republic.

So much for that. The audience for our glib analysis and contempt for much of the electorate, it turned out, was rather limited. This was particularly true when it came to voters, the ones who turned out by the millions to deliver not only a rebuke to the political system but also the people who cover it. Trump knew what he was doing when he invited his crowds to jeer and hiss the reporters covering him. They hate us, and have for some time.

And can you blame them? Journalists love mocking Trump supporters. We insult their appearances. We dismiss them as racists and sexists. We emote on Twitter about how this or that comment or policy makes us feel one way or the other, and yet we reject their feelings as invalid.
That’s the fantasy, the idea that if we mock them enough, call them racist enough, they’ll eventually shut up and get in line. It’s similar to how media Twitter works, a system where people who dissent from the proper framing of a story are attacked by mobs of smugly incredulous pundits. Journalists exist primarily in a world where people can get shouted down and disappear, which informs our attitudes toward all disagreement.

Journalists increasingly don’t even believe in the possibility of reasoned disagreement, and as such ascribe cynical motives to those who think about things a different way. We see this in the ongoing veneration of “facts,” the ones peddled by explainer websites and data journalists who believe themselves to be curiously post-ideological.

That the explainers and data journalists so frequently get things hilariously wrong never invites the soul-searching you’d think it would. Instead, it all just somehow leads us to more smugness, more meanness, more certainty from the reporters and pundits. Faced with defeat, we retreat further into our bubble, assumptions left unchecked. No, it’s the voters who are wrong.

SJWs always double down.

We have to fix this, and the broken reasoning behind it. There’s a fleeting fun to gang-ups and groupthink. But it’s not worth what we are losing in the process.

Presstitutes think it's fun to gang up on and bully people. They seem nice.


There is a smug style in American liberalism. It has been growing these past decades. It is a way of conducting politics, predicated on the belief that American life is not divided by moral difference or policy divergence — not really — but by the failure of half the country to know what's good for them.

In 2016, the smug style has found expression in media and in policy, in the attitudes of liberals both visible and private, providing a foundational set of assumptions above which a great number of liberals comport their understanding of the world.
It would be unfair to say that the smug style has never learned from these mistakes. But the lesson has been, We underestimated how many people could be fooled.

That is: We underestimated just how dumb these dumb hicks really are.

We just didn't get our message to them. They just stayed in their information bubble. We can't let the lying liars keep lying to these people — but how do we reach these idiots who only trust Fox?

Rarely: Maybe they're savvier than we thought. Maybe they're angry for a reason.
Ridicule is the most effective political tactic.

Ridicule is especially effective when it's personal and about expressing open disdain for stupid, bad people.

Political legitimacy is granted by the respect of elite liberals.

You can't be legitimate if you're the butt of our jokes.

If you don't agree, we can't work together politically.

We can't even be friends, because politics is social.

Because politics is performative — if we don't mock together, we aren't on the same side.

If there is a bingo card for the smug style somewhere, then cross off every square. You've won.

I would be less troubled if I did not believe that the smug style has captured an enormous section of American liberalism. If I believed that its politics, as practiced by its supporters, extended beyond this line of thought. If this were an exception.
Trump capturing the nomination will not dispel the smug style; if anything, it will redouble it. Faced with the prospect of an election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the smug will reach a fever pitch: six straight months of a sure thing, an opportunity to mock and scoff and ask, How could anybody vote for this guy? until a morning in November when they ask, What the fuck happened?
The wages of smug is Trump.

11-11-2016, 10:56 AM
"Smug Media" Attacks Trump While Refusing To Condemn "Violent Riots" Led By "Anarchist Groups"

Yesterday we shared an op-ed on the "The Unbearable Smugness Of The American Media" which highlighted the media's unwillingness to accept or even try to understand the will of the American electorate. Rather than accept the fact that Trump's victory was the direct result of Washington's complete failure, on both sides of the aisle, the media has instead doubled down and attributed his win to the notion that there are just more "racist white people" in the country than they originally thought. Which is fine so long as you can ignore the fact that Trump actually performed 8-points better with Hispanics than Mitt Romney did in 2012...but that doesn't fit the narrative to best to ignore it completely.

This morning the Financial Times offered up a perfect example of the "unbearable smugness" that we mentioned yesterday. Rather than condemn violent protests in Oakland and Portland, the FT attacked Trump for "lashing out at demonstrators" and implicitly questioned his "temperament" by saying that "top aides struggled to keep the candidate on-message and constrain his angrier outbursts."
By attacking Trump for condemning the violent protests around the country we assume the FT implicitly supports protests that they say "have been characterized by bricks through windows, smashed cars, and fires lit in the street."
Meanwhile, the Portland Police Department basically confirmed Trump's original tweet about "professional protesters" being behind the demonstrations. Portland PD even notes that there was a movement within the protest crowds to stop "anarchist groups" from destroying property.
No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, most Americans would agree that violence and property destruction are wrong should be condemned. That said, we've noticed that all the "Better Together" campaign rhetoric of the left that was so prevalent just a few days ago has now vanished. Perhaps "Better Together - But Only If Democrats Win" would have been a more accurate slogan.

11-11-2016, 12:17 PM
KRAZEE **need moar popcorn for the Holidays... gunta be the best Christmas EVAAAAA watching the whiners!! )

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11-11-2016, 12:32 PM
Nothing worse than smug.

SJWs always double down.

Presstitutes think it's fun to gang up on and bully people. They seem nice.


11-12-2016, 03:31 AM
Crooks , SWCbags, DGPbags, lowlifers.

Natural Citizen
11-12-2016, 03:46 AM
Crooks , SWCbags, DGPbags, lowlifers.

Yeah. And scallywags, too. :mad::p